Unmissable global arts and culture events chosen by Lexus


Having been involved in everything from Milan Design Week to the production of short films from emerging directors, Lexus is renowned for its support of events and movements in art and culture. In-keeping with this reputation, we take a look at a varied selection of exhibitions, festivals and fairs the world over that culture fans across the globe should seek out.

Habitat Expo, Mexico City: May 29 – 31

At the end of May, the World Trade Center in Mexico City plays host to Mexico’s biggest fair for interior design and architecture. First held in 2010, the expo now attracts some 17,000 visitors and 270 international exhibitors from fields ranging from high-tech building materials to home decoration.

Habitat Expo comprises a comprehensive conference, talks and awards program, which lead into the presentation of the Prisma and Promesas prizes. These two accolades recognize the work of established and up-and-coming Mexican designers, respectively.

Beirut Design Week: June 9 – 15

Steadily, Beirut has garnered a reputation as something of a design mecca. A decade ago, a handful of Lebanese designers including Nada Debs and Rabih Kayrouz started exhibiting their work at respected design festivals, and in 2012, the city held its first annual design week, which sought to recognize the Lebanese capital’s emergence of creative talent.

A series of exhibitions, workshops, conferences and open studio visits will showcase the city’s presence on the global design map.

Mexico City

International Festival De Jazz, Quebec: June 26 – July 6 

The International Festival De Jazz in Quebec, Canada, celebrates its 35th birthday this year in spectacular style with a joint concert from pianist-composer Alain Lefèvre and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Over 10 days, more than 3,000 national and international musicians will visit Montréal to perform jazz-related music to in the region of two million visitors, making it the largest festival of its kind in the world.

Sapporo International Art Festival (SIAF): July 10 – September 28

Between July 10 and September 28, Sapporo, one of Japan’s largest cities, plays host to a new international arts festival. Opening in July, it’s to be guest-directed by Japanese musician and actor Ryuichi Sakamoto, and is framed around the topic of ‘city and nature’.

International artists, brought together by curator Shihoko Iida, will interpret the festival’s theme at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, whilst works by composer Akira Ifukube and photographer Genichiro Kakegawa will feature at the Former Hokkaido Government Office. Also on the billing is a series of live shows which will be staged in Sapporo’s Moerenuma Park. The park was designed by Japanese American landscape artist Isamu Noguchi.

Sziget Music Festival, Budapest: August 11 – 18

Precious few music festivals can claim to be as musically diverse as Sziget. The acclaimed Hungarian festival is held annually on the small island of Óbuda, Budapest, and sees an eclectic mix of international artists play everything from alt-country and hip-hop to rumba and ska. The audience is comprised of people from over 60 countries, most of whom choose to camp on the island overnight, to make the most of the 24-hour musical feast. The festival attracts big-name artists, and this year, there will be performances from Queens of the Stone Age and British musician, DJ, and producer Bonobo.

By Eliott Farr

Information supplied by Lexus International.

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