October 5-11 agenda (Reminder): Zhang Yimou stages 'Turandot' for China's 60th

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This week's selection: China puts on Puccini for its 60th anniversary celebrations, Nobel Prize winners are revealed in Sweden and Norway, the winner of Britain's Man Booker prize for literature is announced,  Asia's hottest new artists gather in Singapore, and more.

Nobel Prize announcements
October 5-9
Stockolm/Sweden & Oslo/Norway

Nobel prize laureates for medicine, chemistry, physics and peace will be announced between October 5 and 9. The Nobel Prize for literature is expected to be announced in mid-October.

The Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm (Sweden) for Medicine, Physics and Chemistry and in Oslo (Norway) for Peace will take place on December 10.

Man Booker Prize Announced
October 6

The Man Booker Prize is one of the most important literary awards in the world. Rewarding the best in contemporary fiction, the winner receives 50, 000 pounds (55,000 euros), as well as a dramatic increase in book sales. In 2008, Aravind Adiga won the prize with his novel The White Tiger.

Zhang Yimou stages 'Turandot' for China's 60th
October 6-7

Famed film director Zhang Yimou brings his staging of Puccini's opera Turandot to the scene of one of his finest hours - the opening ceremony of last year's Olympic Games - as part of Beijing's celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. http://en.piao.com.cn

Turner Prize shortlist nominees 2009 exhibit
October 6-January 3

The work of the shortlisted nominees for the often controversial Turner Prize, awarded to a British artist under 50, will be on display at the Tate Britain from October 6. This year's shortlisted artists are Enrico David, Roger Hiorns, Lucy Skaer and Richard Wright. The winner will be announced on December 7, 2009.

ARTSingapore 2009
Suntec Singapore center/Singapore
October 9 - 12

ARTSingapore 2009 presents the best in contemporary and emerging art from local and international artists, where traders and art collectors discover new trends in the Asian Art market. This year, a new section entitled "New Finds" will be included, showcasing the freshest art from young and emerging artists still in the process of cementing their career.

Open House New York
New York/USA
October 10-11

At America's largest architect and design event, the public can embark on individual tours of usually closed or unknown spaces in the city (such as the Apollo Theater) and submit their best pictures afterwards in the event's first photography competition.

Who's Next & Premiere Classe Dubai
October 11-13

A trade event that has its origins in Paris, the fashion fair will host its Dubai version for the first time this fall, aiming at introducing new brands to the Middle-Eastern market and opening the dialogue between the two design hemispheres and presenting over 250 designers. www.whosnextindubai.com