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

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Today...

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 (artrotterdam.nl).

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 (lorienhotelandspa.com).

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 (discoverdarwin.co.uk).

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 (showzam.co.uk). 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 (snowbombing.com).

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