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Dispatches’ Weekly Weekend Event Guide for Europe – 10 August thru 13 August 2017

The trains may be out of commission, Europe may be out on holiday, and tainted eggs may have ruined a few omelettes and cakes, but don’t let any of that keep you from enjoying the weekend wherever you are on the continent.

This weekend, you can enjoy a few films under the starry skies of Barcelona and London; enjoy cotton candy in Berlin and Brussels; and welcome the moon with a few thousand Goths in Germany. Let’s go!

Amsterdam – Camp the Night: Some spend their holidays in places like Saint-Tropez, Ibiza, and Majorca. Others might want to pitch a tent.

If you’re one of the latter, and you’re in Amsterdam this Saturday, then has what you need with Camp the Night.

The city’s center will be transformed into a massive pop-up campsite. Sites include the pitch at Olympic Stadium, the floating gardens at De Ceuvel, the rooftop of NEST, and the Rijksmuseum.

Tickets range between €37 and €150, depending on where you want to spend the night, and whether it’s by yourself or with a friend.

Barcelona – Mas i Mas Festival: Barcelona is on holiday, and it’s celebrating as it only knows how: with the long-running Mas i Mas Festival, celebrating its 15th edition in 2017.

From now through 3 September, enjoy more than 160 concerts around the heart of Barcelona from jazz, flamenco, techno, hip-hop, classical, gospel, and rock artists such as: DMX Krew; Svreca + Angel Molina; The Voodoo Children Collective; Karime Amaya; and Morgan.

Ticketing and programme information for Mas i Mas can be found here.

Barcelona – Mecal Air 2017: Feel like catching a movie? Then you need to check out the Mecal Air 2017 open-air cinema festival.

Every Friday through the first two Fridays in September, head over to the Picnic Zone at El Poble Espanyol for barbecue and a few short films tied to the night’s theme; this Friday’s theme is “The truth is still out there,” for those of you into sci-fi.

Tickets are €6.50 at El Poble Espanyol’s ticket office, €3.50 if you download the Mecal App onto your iPhone or Galaxy S8 and show it off.

Berlin – Tanz im August: From 11 August through 2 September, Berlin hosts its biggest dance festival of the year. Dance in the middle of the summer? Kind of odd. But it’s huge. “Tanz im August” is all about the latest trends in contemporary dance. And in keeping with Berlin’s reputation as the coolest city in Europe, there are not just the usual performances and discussions, but parties.

Headliners for 2017 include Pina Bausch and Jirí Kylián’s Nederlands Dans Theater, the most cutting-edge ballet company in Europe, according to the critics.

This year, the list of performers include: La Ribot, Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Cia Zora Snake, Lea Moro, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Takao Kawaguchi, Trajal Harrell, Michael Clark Company, Rudi van der Merwe, Cristiana Morganti, Dorothée Munyaneza, Radhouane El Meddeb, Marcelo Evelin and Demolition Inc., Sasha Waltz and Guests, Jefta van Dinther, Rosalind Goldberg, Sandra Lolax, Stina Nyberg, Ccap, Rocío Molina, Mathilde Monnier & La Ribot, Anne Halprin, Anne Collod, Mathilde Monnier & Alan Pauls, Arkadi Zaides, Eszter Salamon and K & C Kekäläinen & Company.

You can get tickets here.

Brussels – Foire du Midi: Missing your county and state fairs? No worries! The de facto capital of the European Union has what you need with its annual Foire du Midi fun fair.

Through 20 August, the 137th edition of Foire du Midi will have lots of rides, food, an open-air market… over 120 attractions in all.

And the admission? It’s free. You can also print some coupons to use at the fair for a few discounts and freebies.

Brussels – Brussels Summer Festival: If you want more music, though, then you’re in time to check out the annual Brussels Summer Festival!

Kicking off Sunday and continuing through 15 August, the Place des Palais and surrounding areas will be filled with the sounds of: Nouvelle Vague; Goldfrapp; Pet Shop Boys; The Jesus and Mary Chain; Delta; Part-Time Friends; and many more.

Tickets to BSF are €62 for a 10-day pass, €15 – €80 for a one-day pass, depending on what day/experience you want.

Frankfurt – Frankfurt Apple Wine Festival: Celebrate Frankfurt’s most popular beverage with the Apple Wine Festival, which includes lots of entertainment in the Roßmarkt, the center of the city. This isn’t a one-day event. Apple Wine Festival runs from Friday through Sunday, 20 August.

There are performances and special events each night, and you can see the entire schedule here.

A lot of you will be leaving London and heading to Frankfurt’s financial center after Brexit, so this is a good event to put on your calendar for next year.

Opening hours
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am

Göteborg – Way Out West Festival: Is the summer heat a bit much? Still want to enjoy one of Europe’s many music festivals with a few thousand of your friends? Head up north to Göteborg, Sweden for the Way Out West Festival this Thursday through Saturday!

The 10th anniversary edition has three programs to satisfy your music needs: the main Way Out West program, featuring Lana Del Rey, Major Lazer, Frank Ocean, and The Afghan Whigs; the Stay Out West program of after-hours shows, including those by Death Grips, Diplo, Let’s Eat Grandma, and Young M.A.; and the Dungen program with performances from Anna Kholin, Cashmere Cat, Sandra Mosh, and The Black Madonna.

Festival passes to Way Out West range from SEK 1,440 to SEK 4,040 (€150 to €421); single-day passes are also available.

Greece – Athens & Epidaurus Festival: A theatrical event with drama, dance and music staged at ancient theaters including the 2,000-year-old outdoor Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the base of Acropolis Hill and the theatre of Delphi.

The Athens & Epidaurus Festival concludes next Saturday. Ticketing and program information can be found here.

Hildesheim – M’era Luna: If you happen to be in Hildesheim, Germany on this weekend, and you see a wave of goths, headbangers, and rivetheads descending upon the Drispenstedt airfield (formerly occupied by the British Army), have no fear; they’re all going to M’era Luna! The annual dark music festival attracts between 20,000 and 25,000 fans every year, all coming out to see artists like The Sisters of Mercy, Fields of the Nephilim, Killing Joke, Placebo, Skinny Puppy, and Ministry.

This year’s lineup includes: Korn; And One; Blutengel; DAF; Front Line Assembly; KMFDM; and The Crüxshadows. Around a total of 40 artists will gather to welcome the moon Saturday and Sunday at Drispenstedt. There’s also a medieval market at M’era Luna, a gothic fashion show, and a disco.

Tickets to M’era Luna range from €55 for a single-day ticket, to €429 for a place among three other friends at the Gothic Garden Phobos.

London – Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House: Ever wanted to watch movies under the stars near the River Thames? You can at the 2017 edition of Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House.

From today through 23 August, enjoy 14 nights of music, food, and film at London’s Somerset House along the Strand. The festival kicks off Thursday night with the (sold-out) UK premiere of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Other films on the schedule include: Donnie Darko; Moonlight; Jaws; and Patti Cake$.

Tickets to this year’s Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House are £19.35 to £26.90 (€21.43 to €29.80) per person. Bring your blankies and rain gear, as the show will go on come rain or moonlight.

London – BBC Proms: The fourth weekend of The 2017 BBC Proms is upon us! If you haven’t been, the summer-long music festival has nothing to do with the proms of your high-school youth, but with the idea of holding classical music concerts — called promenade concerts — against the informal setting of London’s many pleasure gardens.

Tickets for the 123rd edition of The Proms range from £6 for those who don’t mind queuing a few hours before the performance starts, to £100 for a seat with 11 of your friends in one of the Grand Tier Boxes at Royal Albert Hall.

The Proms continue this weekend with Proms 33 through 38. Thursday’s Prom is the Proms debut of Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen, performing Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Sibelius’ Luonnotar. Friday, the wind will come sweeping down the plain as John Wilson leads his orchestra through Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!.

The weekend wraps up with Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard, tackling the “unfinished Symphony No 8 in B minor by Franz Schubert; pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk making his Proms debut with Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor; and the Latvian Radio Choir performing “the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church,” Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers).

Paris – Paris Plages: If you can’t spend your French holiday in Saint-Tropez, then why not head down to Parc des Rives de Seine instead for some summer fun at the 2017 Paris Plages?

Though the sand won’t be around this year, the park will be open 24/7 through 3 September, and visitors can take a dip in La Villette basin for the first time since Plages began. There will also be 352 deckchairs and 52 palm trees, and all sorts of activities to enjoy.

And the best part? Admission is free.

Šibenik – Otok Obonjan: During the last decade, Croatia has become quite the party destination. We all know about Dubrovnić and its crowds. But there’s an alternative. From now through 3 September, the tiny Croatian island of Otok Obonjan, located off the coast of Šibenik, is the setting for a private-island summer party, limited to 500 people at a time.

This wellness/fun festival has an eclectic six-week program that includes music at a stone amphitheater overlooking the Adriatic Sea, workshops and great food.

There’s an underwater sculpture garden, an island cinema and a woodland well being centre. Imagine Cap-Ferrat at half the price.

It doesn’t look like there’s a hotel, but you can get a two-person luxury tent (with a pool) starting at the equivalent of £60 per person per night, including access to all the activities.

Valkenswaard – Longines Global Champions Tour: Valkenswaard, Netherlands is an equestrian’s paradise, as our own Terry Boyd knows first-hand. Thus, it’s the perfect place for the 13th round of the 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour.

Coming to Tops International Arena this Friday through Sunday, experience the best show jumpers from around the world — including those who took home tons of Olympic medals — compete for thousands of euros and the title of Champion of Champions 2017.

Tickets to the 13th round of the 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour begin at €5, but don’t delay, as tickets are selling out fast.

Vienna – Film Festival Wiener Rathausplatz: If you’re visiting Vienna, head over to City Hall for the 2017 edition of Film Festival Wiener Rathausplatz!

The summer-long film festival features concert and performance films covering classical, opera, dance, musicals, and pop music. A wide range of foods and beverages — like cheese spaetzles, New York flank steaks, tacos, cherry beer, iced coffee, and Arabic tea — will also be served.

This weekend’s film lineup includes: Gisele; Lang Lang in Versailles; Young Men; Parlov Stelar’s performance at the 2016 Baloise Session in Basel, Switzerland; and Axel at Heaven’s Gate.

And the best part? Admission is free. The last day of Film Festival Wiener Rathausplatz is 3 September 2017.

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