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Dispatches’ weekly weekend event guide for Europe: 16 February through 19 February 2017

Had your fill of discounted Valentine’s Day chocolates and roses? Ready to kick off your weekend in style? Then we’ve got your itinerary, filled with only the coolest, hippest events and happenings from all over Europe!

This weekend’s guide includes The Chain Smokers in Amsterdam, dance festivals in Berlin and Brussels, and the final days of winter sales in Paris. Let’s go!

Amsterdam – Chain Smokers: This American DJ duo rules the charts right now, and “Don’t Let Me Down” just won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. The video alone got more than 600 million views on Youtube. Yes … six hundred million. You can catch them in Amsterdam Friday night starting at 20:00 at AFAS Live.

Tickets are 38.50 euros and you can get them here.

This is just one of several big music events this weekend in The Big A including the Wonderland Festival, which features house and techno.

Amsterdam – Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival: If you haven’t gone already, you should now! The annual Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival was set to leave Amsterdam earlier this month, but will now continue through 5 March.

The festival – the theme for 2016-17 is “Music Inspires” – made its Amsterdam debut this past December, featuring sculptures as tall as 6 meters!

Expect to see the likes of Prince, David Bowie, Mozart, and lots of crystal-clear instruments – all made with more than 550,000 kilograms of ice and snow by 42 international ice sculptors, and housed inside a 3,000 m² warehouse along Arena Boulevard. Be sure to dress warmly, though: temps are kept around 14° Fahrenheit (10° Celsius).

Tickets range from free for little ones under 3, to 28€ for a combination ticket (which includes rail service into the city).

Berlin – Tanzolymp: Over 1,000 dancers between 10 and 21 will come together between now and Monday for the 2017 edition of Tanzolymp.

Held at Theatre des Westens, the mission of the dance festival and competition “is to support and increase the popularity of dancing” via the international exchange of ideas regarding the aesthetics and styles surrounding the art form.

The program includes a competition in six dance categories — ranging from classical/neo-classical dance to pop — workshops, and the big finale itself, the Final Gala Evening. Tickets for the gala range between 25€ and 50€, and are available at the evening box.

Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 8.03.10 AMBrussels – Brussels Dance!: Want more dance? Then head up to the de facto capital of the European Union for the ongoing, two-month-long Brussels Dance! dance festival.

Through 31 March, the second season will feature performances – including Cold Blood, This kind of bird flies backwards, A Taste of Poison, and Louis Vanneste – Gone in a Heartbeat – at KVS, L’L, Garage 29, Halles de Schaerbeek, and eight other locales throughout Brussels.

Reduced ticket fees for the performances can be had via the free Brussels Dance Pass, though you’ll still have to book your tickets at the participating venues.

Copenhagen – Vinterjazz 2017: When the Danes throw a jazz festival, they really throw a jazz festival! With 600 concerts at 125 venues across Copenhagen now through 26 February, Vinterjazz is part music festival, part marathon.

Fortunately, the Vinterjazz website lists all the offerings by day, so you can chose what works best with your schedule; you can also download festival apps for either iOS or Android here.

Perennial favorite Herbie Hancock, with a new band, is the headliner this year.

The festival runs through next Sunday.

London – See Me Now: This one began last weekend, but better late than never!

Now through 4 March, See Me Now is a performance co-produced by HighTide, Look Left Look Right, and host theatre The Young Vic.

Created and performed by male, female and transgender sex workers, See Me Now presents several of their stories from behind closed doors, filled with pain, laughter and heart.

Tickets run between £10 and £20, and are available to those willing to wait at the returns queue throughout the run.

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 — drawing to a close this coming Wednesday — will have panels, exhibitions, workshops, and a 1,600-poster campaign by founder sponsor JCDecaux.

Paris – Les Soldes: Another event wrapping up on the same day as the Graphic Design Festival Paris is the winter 2017 edition of Les soldes. The six-week shopping extravaganza – held biannually in the winter and summer – is the perfect time to build your new wardrobe for as much as up to 70 percent off regular price!

But don’t wait too long to snag those deals; otherwise, you’ll have to pine for the summer les soldes in late June, since French retailers can 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 – Ball der Weiner Kaffesieder (Ball of the Viennese Coffeehouse Owners): Another weekend, another ball in Vienna!

This week’s selection is the 60th edition of the Ball der Weiner Kaffesieder at the Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

Spend your Friday night celebrating the art of coffee in your finest gowns and tuxes!

A few tickets are available at Cafe Restaurant Hummel and Café Prückel for 135€, doors open at 19:00, and the party goes to 4:30.

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