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Dispatches’ weekly weekend event guide for Europe: 12 January through 15 January 2017

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We’ve only just embraced 2017, and already we’re heading into the ides of January this weekend! Time flies when you’re having fun, which is what we at Dispatches Europe always have for you every weekend with our curated guide to the coolest events, concerts and other happenings from all over Europe.

This weekend’s itinerary includes ice skating in Vienna, a unique photography exhibit in Amsterdam, and the start of winter sales in Paris. Let’s go!

19296Amsterdam – Can You See Me?: Starting yesterday and running through 12 February, Melkweg Gallery plays host to its newest exhibition, Can You See Me?.

Visual anthropologist and artist Josje Priester of Art of InfluX “takes you into the world of young adults between the ages of 20 and 30 years who have fled to the Netherlands in 2014 or 2015 to start a new life,” all through the art of pinhole photography.

Admission to the exhibition is free.

ctqrxtuwaaagz2nAmsterdam Hotel Night: Saturday, 14 Jan. and Sunday, 15 Jan. This should be required for expats.

The idea is for Amsterdam residents to experience their city as tourists experience it including an overnight at one of 35 hotels in the city’s celebrated center.

There will also be cultural and culinary events ranging from walk-on-walk-off boat rides on the canals to hanging out in cafes and bars. Prices start at 55 euros, including the hotel and two events.

Pretty good, hooh-ah. But please note, you must be an actual resident of Amsterdam to participate.

Get your tickets here.

Barcelona – Werther: Returning to Barcelona’s Gran Teatre de Liceu after a 25-year absence, Goethe’s classic novel The Sorrows of Young Werther is transformed into the world-renowned operatic masterpiece Werther by Romantic era French composer Jules Massenet.

The synopsis: Wetzlar, Germany. Werther is in love with Charlotte but when she becomes engaged to another man he has to give her up. After her marriage, Charlotte sends him away. Driven to despair by his impossible love, Werther commits suicide and expires in his beloved Charlotte’s arms.

The opera runs from Sunday through 4 February.

Ticket prices vary, depending on day of performance.

Berlin – Tanztage Berlin: Drawing to a close this Sunday, the Tanztage Berlin dance festival steps into the Sophiensaele for 10 days of contemporary dance from up-and-coming choreographers and their dancers.

The 26th edition will include five artists from Tehran, Iran, the feedback forum Let’s Talk About Dance, and parties filled with music and, of course, dance.

Tickets for most events begin at 10€; the full program (auf Deutsch) can be had here.

Berlin Fashion Week: If fashion is more your passion, here’s an early warning: the autumn/winter 2017 edition of Berlin Fashion Week will take over the German capital this coming Tuesday through Friday. Designers this season include Sadak, Marcel Ostertag and Ewa Herzog.

Unlike New York Fashion Week – which is exclusively an industry event – BFW has shows open to the public alongside those only open to those in the fashion industry.

Tickets for public shows are available here.

Brussels – Motor Show Brussels 2017: Detroit may have the spotlight this week with its annual North American International Auto Show, but Motor City won’t be alone for long.

The 95th edition of Motor Show Brussels takes over Brussels Expo this Saturday through 22 January. Though there are no known vehicle debuts as of this writing, there is a lot to experience on the expo floor, including:

  • Rides in the latest and greatest SUVs and crossovers
  • The fourth annual Salon Dream Cars, where 40 dream machines will gather in a “Winter Chic” atmosphere
  • And more than 1,000 vehicles of all sorts to explore

Tickets go for 9€ for little ones between 6 and 12, 15€ for adults; discounts available for tickets purchased online.

London – London Short Film Festival: Coming to an end Sunday, the 14th annual London Short Film Festival will present a full program of the best in cutting-edge independent short films from the United Kingdom and the world. Workshops and live music fill out the rest of the dance card.

Ticket prices vary per event; click through here to learn more.

screenshot-graphicdesignfestival-paris-2016-11-26-19-31-34Paris – Graphic Design Festival Paris: Whether you’re a graphic design pro, a student or a fan, Paris’ Graphic Design Festival has something for all, and it’s all free to attend.

Established by Association for the Development, Advancement and Outreach of Graphic Design, the five-week-long festival will have panels, exhibitions, workshops, and a 1,600-poster campaign by founder sponsor JCDecaux.

The festivities run now through 22 February.

centre-beaugrenelle-interieur-630x405-otcp-amelie-dupont-192-04Les soldes (The Sales): Should shopping (and sales, especially) be on your agenda, then Les soldes is where you need to be.

The six-week shopping extravaganza is the perfect time to build your new wardrobe for as much as up to 70 percent off regular price!

The winter 2017 sales started yesterday, and will come to an end 21 February; after that, you’ll have to wait for the summer les soldes in late June, since French retailers only have two big sales each year by law.

Les soldes includes the best shopping spots in the city: the legendary department stores on Boulevard Haussmann, the luxury outlets along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, and the luxurious Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré.

For “made in France” luxury brands, head to the Marais, Saint-Germain-des-Prés or Abbesses districts.

Prepare for the madness ahead with this guide here.

Vienna – Vienna Ice World 2017: Gather up the family and your ice skates, and head over to Vienna Rathausplatz for Vienna Ice World 2017.

Having kicked off before the New Year, an 8,000 m² ice rink will be open from morning through evening every day until 12 March. Whether you want to feel like a ballerina or push a stone puck with a broom, you won’t be disappointed. Tickets start at 4.50€ for the little ones, and can be purchased here.

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