October 26 – November 1 agenda: Voodoo Experience Festival during Halloween weekend

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This week's selection: Michael Jackson's films about his last rehearsals released worldwide, retrospective of French cabinetmaker in Germany, Voodoo Experience festival during Halloween in Louisiana, a food festival in Hong Kong, and more.

Fashion Arabia
October 26-28
Abu Dhabi/UAE

The Middle East's most exhaustive fashion trade fair will see brands present men's, women's and children's wear as well as lingerie, swimwear and uniforms to the international press and buyers.


Mid-East Watch & Jewellery Show
October 27-31

Expecting around 50,000 visitors from 30 countries, the 27th edition of the jewellery fair will showcase the latest designs and trends in watches, jewellery, gold, precious stones, gems and diamonds.

Michael Jackson's last film released
October 27-November 11

World premiere in Los Angeles on October 27 and worldwide release on October 28 for two weeks of the film This Is It showcasing Michael Jackson onstage and behind the scenes, creating, developing and staging his comeback tour at both The Forum and The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

BET Hip Hop Awards
October 27

The fourth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards enlists American comedian Mike Epps to host the festivities, which honor overall excellence in hip-hop culture. The BET Hip-Hop Awards have thus far managed to avoid the troubles associated with previous hip-hop awards ceremonies like the Source Awards and the Vibe Awards, both currently defunct.


Henri-Charles Boulle retrospective in Frankfurt
October 28-January 31

More than 150 works of André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732), Louis the XIVth's acclaimed cabinetmaker, are to be displayed in Frankfurt in the first major retrospective dedicated to the French master craftsman. Boulle was so influential that he gave his name to a technique called boulle, or buhl work, that swept Europe and was heavily imitated during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Formula One Final Grand Prix
October 30 - November 1
Abu Dhabi/UAE

The last event of this year's F1 season, which started in Australia and visited 4 continents over 17 races, is set to close with a spectacular race in the United Arabic Emirate of Dubai on November 1, on a circuit specially designed for the event, at Yas Marina.


Voodoo Experience
October 30-November 1
New Orleans, Louisiana/USA

A three-day music festival capitalizing on the mystic vibe of New Orleans, Louisiana, during Halloween weekend. The Voodoo Experience has been mixing and matching major performers from a variety of music genres since 1999. Headlining the Voodoo Experience this year are American rock bands Jane's Addiction and Kiss, with American rapper Eminem in his only live performance for 2009.


Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival
October 30- November 8
Hong Kong

Part of the Food and Wine Year celebrations launched in April, the highlights of the festival include the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival, from October 30 to November 1 at the harbor-side West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade, and a Wine and Dine Carnival at the dining and bar districts of Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo in the center of Hong Kong Island from November 6 to 8.


100% Design Tokyo
October 30 - November 3

Focusing on bringing contemporary design to the mainstream, 100% Design Tokyo is the Japanese equivalent of the London event started back in 1995. Close to 100,000 visitors are expected at this year's fair.


October 31
USA and certain Western countries

Halloween was originally a celebration tracing back to a Celtic festival, Samhain, but morphed into a day of costumes and candies, with more secular fun than remembering relatives who have passed away, which is relegated to All Soul's Day on November 1. The US celebration was imported with a wave of Irish immigration a century ago.

Hello Kitty's 35 birthday
November 1


Under the motto of "Hello Kitty Colors," the famous Japanese cartoon cat fetes its 35th anniversary. Celebrations already started in September, when specially themed collections hit Hello Kitty stores worldwide. November will see even more product launches (apparel, jewelry, collectibles), special offers and events.