Travel Agenda: Art Rotterdam; new Kimpton Hotel; Showzam festival

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Art Rotterdam, a contemporary art fair at the Cruise Terminal, continues until tomorrow. As well as waterside exhibitions, cultural events will be held around the city, including a major Giacometti retrospective (

This week...

A new Kimpton Hotel opens in Alexandria, Virginia, on Thursday. The Lorien will offer bright, chic rooms in the heart of the city's old town (

Also on Thursday, celebrations will take place for the bicentenary of Charles Darwin. If you can't make it to the Galapagos Islands, his hometown of

Shrewsbury is holding events, including a grand Birthday Bash (

In the diary...

In Blackpool, the Showzam festival runs from 13-22 February. The 10-day event will see the city's venues and open spaces turned into a carnival ( And the Snowbombing Festival in Mayrhofen has added more acts to its line-up, which includes Fatboy Slim and Grandmaster Flash. Running from 29 March-4 April the festival will also feature an arctic hotel and igloo disco (