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Dispatches’ weekly weekend event for Europe: 30 March through 2 April 2017

March will soon give way to April, Scotland’s parliament’s ready to bid farewell to the United Kingdom, and sex workers in Amsterdam will soon operate their own brothels via a new initiative. What else is there?

We have a few ideas.

Our weekly weekend event guide for Europe includes “Handbagged” in Frankfurt – the perfect play for Brexit – the Tulp Festival in Amsterdam, a fashion week in Berlin, Bobby Dylan in Stockholm and one of the biggest art fairs around in Paris.

Let’s go!

DSC01549Amsterdam – Tulp Festival: What better way to welcome the warm days of spring than with Holland’s national flower, the tulip!

Beginning Saturday and continuing through 14 May 2017, the city will blossom with colour during the annual Tulp Festival.

Sixty locations around Amsterdam will be painted in the bright petals of 500,000 tulips, including the Amsterdam Tulip Museum, NEMO Science Museum, and the Van Gogh Museum.

A guide to where you can see every tulip planted can be purchased for 2€ starting 1 April; the map with purchasing locations is here.

cartel_29x46_SC17_sinlogos_V3Barcelona – Barcelona International Comic Fair: This Friday through Sunday, head over to Fira Barcelona for the 35th annual Barcelona International Comic Fair.

More than 130,000 visitors will attend this year’s comic book fair, with over 150 exhibitors ready to peddle their wide selection of comics.

Nintendo will also be there to show off their latest and greatest, the Switch.

Guests can attend workshops devoted to YouTube, 3D printing, animation, and comics.

And if you ever wanted to see how many ways President Donald Trump can be portrayed, 150 cartoonists from around the world will have what you need.

Tickets for the fair are 9€, free for those under 4. You can purchase your tickets here.

Berlin – Berlin Alternative Fashion Week: Missing fashion week? Looking for a more accessible alternative? Then check out the third annual Berlin Alternative Fashion Week at Halle am Berghain from Friday through Sunday.

BAFW “is a platform showcasing the rise of alternative concepts in fashion,” promoting “influential, genre-breaking innovators from around the world” while connecting them with more-established players in music, art and fashion. This year’s designers include Chaz Aracil (U.S./Brazil), Freak Boutique (London), and Maison Mason (Berlin).

A full pass to BAFW ranges from 35.70€ to 47.60€; purchasing and information are here.

2017-04-01_brusselsBrussels – Listen! A Brussels Future Music Festival: Electronic music fans, head over to the de facto capital of the European Union this Thursday through Friday for the second edition of Listen!

A Brussels Future Music Festival. At more than three days at locations around Brussels, expect documentaries on electronic music; conferences; workshops; record fairs; and lots of live music and DJs.

Ticket prices vary; information and purchasing can be had here.

Frankfurt – “Handbagged”: Just in time for Frankfurt to take most of London’s finance jobs post-Brexit, there really is a play about the rocky relationship/rivalry between late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II. And it really is in English, playing in Frankfurt.

From the English Theatre of Frankfurt website:

One destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? Moira Buffini’s new comedy speculates on what the world’s most powerful women really talked about behind closed palace doors.

“Handbagged runs through 30 April, and you can get tickets here. Tickets start at 27 euros, and no … you can’t pay in Pound Sterling.

LGF-2016-scheduleLondon – London Games Festival: Gamers, London’s calling … attend the 2017 edition of London Games Festival.

Put on by Games London, the festival serves as a showcase for the city in an effort to “support, grow and promote the games and interactive entertainment sector in the UK capital.”

About 50,000 are expected to attend between today and 9 April, whether to promote their games, invest in potential IPs, partake in the closing cosplay parade, or otherwise celebrate all things gaming.

An all-access pass is 120£, while single-event tickets range between 8£ and 35£; information and purchasing can be found here.

Paris – Art Paris Art Fair: From today through Sunday, experience art from 138 galleries and 29 countries at the Grand Palais at the 2017 Art Paris Art Fair. Africa is the guest of honor at this year’s fair, “with a project curated by independent cultural consultant and exhibition curator Marie-Ann Yemsi.”

The fair will also have a “solo show” featuring 24 personal exhibitions scattered around the floor, a section featuring a dozen young artists under the age of six, and more.

Over 50,000 visitors from 50 countries are expected this year. If you’d like to be one of them, 25€ will net you a ticket good for a single day of the fair; information and purchasing can be found here.

Stockholm  – Bob Dylan@ Stockholm Waterfront: The American music legend/poet won the Nobel Prize last year, but never got around to picking it up.

Now, he’s going to play several concerts in Stockholm’s capital starting Saturday night, 1 April, and apparently will try to work in a visit to get that danged medal. (Bob has to give a lecture – not a concert – in order to claim 8 million krona prize, but it’s not clear he’s really willing to do that.)

Last time he played Stockholm in 2015, Bobby’s concerts sold out. So we wouldn’t delay.

Tickets start at about 1,000 krona, and you can buy there here.

If you miss him in Stockholm, he’s playing next door in Copenhagen on 6 April, as well as other European dates.

image_leading_article_teaserVienna – Kalvarienberg Festival: Put away those ball gowns and tuxes, and check out the third edition of the Kalvarienberg Festival at Kalvarienberggasse!

The arts and culture fair kicked off yesterday, and is set to continue until 16 April 2017. There’s something for everyone at Kalvarienberg, including jazz concerts, Easter art, workshops, a wide range of programmes tailored to specific age groups, a gift shop… lots to do and experience!

Admission is free.

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