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Dispatches’ Weekly Weekend Event Guide for Europe: 19 Oct. thru 22 Oct. 2017

Last weekend, Austria received its youngest-ever chancellor with Sebastian Kurz of the nation’s conservative People’s Party; at 31, he’s also the world’s youngest national leader.

At the same time, Madrid awaited Catalonia’s decision to stay or leave; a German monastery closed its doors after 883 years due to a shortage of monks; and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowed diplomacy with North Korea would continue “until the first bomb drops.”

So, while there’s still time, make the most of each day — and each weekend — you’ve got.

This weekend, you can get ready for Halloween in Amsterdam; celebrate the world of Harry Potter in London; check out one of Europe’s famed music festivals in Basel; Vienna’s biggest film festival and experience DDW Music in our home base of Eindhoven. Let’s go!

Amsterdam – Amsterdam Dance Event: Whether you’re looking to party the night away or conduct business with future collaborators, there’s something for you at the fifth edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event now through Saturday.

ADE bills itself as “the leading electronic music platform and the biggest club festival in the world for the whole spectrum of electronic sub-genres,” gathering over 375,000 fans to watch more than 2,500 artists drop the bass at more than 450 of Freestate Amsterdam’s nightclubs and performance venues, while over 550 speakers help music pros up their professional game away from the wubs and pulsing lights.

Those seeking to party can buy tickets for each individual show here. Music professionals can buy their conference passes here.

Amsterdam – Amsterdam Halloween Festival: Are you ready to play with a few ghosts and monsters? This coming Wednesday through Halloween is the annual Amsterdam Halloween Festival, held all over Amsterdam.

Put together by Amsterdam Spook with the idea that Halloween should be every day, the Amsterdam Halloween Festival can get you ready for the fun to come with makeup workshops by Drop Dead Gory at Back Stage.

There will also be an all-night horror film marathon; a Halloween-themed program at Ripley’s, Believe It or Not! Museum; and, of course, two big Halloween parties at Tolhuistuin and Hard Rock Cafe.

Prices vary; click the link above to see the full program and ticket information.

Barcelona – Oktoberfest Barcelona: Instead of heading to Germany to experience the craziness of Oktoberfest, the beer and brats circus can come to you, should you happen to be in Barcelona right now through Sunday.

It may not be as long as the big show in Munich, but Oktoberfest Barcelona manages to pack everything that makes Oktoberfest wonderful into the final days spent at Barcelona’s Plaza Universo de Fira Barcelona Montjuïc. There’s lots of beer and food from Bavaria, live music, a VIP space, a children’s space… all you need if weren’t able to make it to Munich this year.

Admission is free, but be sure to reserve a spot in the big tent if you want the full experience.

Basel – Baloise Session: Back in 1986, co-founders Matthias Müller, Enrico Bonometti, and Stephan Werthmüller organized the first Rheinknie Session in Basel, Switzerland, featuring performances from Oscar Peterson, Albert Collins, and Koko Taylor.

Two years later, the music festival’s fame exploded when jazz legend Miles Davis brought down the house, prompting Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs to become a patron of the festival.

Two name changes later, the Baloise Session continues its proud, three-decade-long tradition of presenting music in an intimate, club-like setting. Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Sir Elton John, Grace Jones, and Deep Purple have been among those to perform at the festival.

Who will be performing at the 2017 Baloise Session? Chris Rea and Imelda May open this year’s performances. Other artists scheduled on the program include: Goldfrapp; Nelly Furtado; Alicia Keys (who will have back-to-back performances on the 1st and 2nd of November); Kool & The Gang; and Tim Bendzko.

If this lineup is up your alley, tickets are on sale right now. Ticket prices range from CHF 60 to CHF 270 (€53 – €237), and can be purchased via the programme linked above.

The 2017 Baloise Session will run from Saturday to 9 November.

Berlin – Berlin Food Week: Compared to Copenhagen, Rome, Barcelona or Paris, you don’t hear that much about Berlin’s foodie scene. Through Saturday, Berlin’s top chefs will be center stage at BFW’s headquarters at Kaufhaus Jandorf department store, as well as at restaurants across the city. Chefs, restaurateurs and food entrepreneurs show their stuff … and food bloggers will spread the word.

This is another of the increasingly popular public/industry mashups. So there will be both events for diners and events for people in the biz.

From the website:

Berlin Food Week has been taking place since 2013 with the aim of establishing the city as a food metropolis of international standing. More than 65,000 visitors since the first Berlin Food Week show the success of the event, which is now entering the fifth round in 2017.

Tickets are a la carte based on the events you want to attend, and you can get them here.’

Brussels – Festival des Libertes: Freedom is a precious thing, and should always be celebrated. What better way to do so than to visit Brussels’ Théâtre National Thursday through next Saturday.

The festival aims to “mobilise all forms of expression in order to offer an overview of the state of rights and freedoms around the world, to point out lurking dangers, to encourage resistance and to promote solidarity.” The programme has a full slate celebrating freedom — including an international film competition and concerts — as well as talks and debates about the state of freedom, and the ways to protect it.

Looking for tickets?

Check the agenda in the link above to purchase tickets to whatever you want to see over the next few days.

Eindhoven – Dutch Design Week: Dutch Design Week is the preeminent event in a city that seems to have something compelling going on every day.

DDW is so big the “week” takes up nine days and 100 locations to welcome 2,500 designers from all over the Netherlands between Saturday and next Sunday.

If you really want to know what’s coming in every facet of design and art, from cars to clothing, this is the event. There are entire buildings dedicated to DDW, as well as entire sections of the city including Strijp-S, Eindhoven’s emerging collection of residential space, businesses, retail and labs designed to attract the Netherlands’ creative class.

Want to see the latest and greatest in design in Eindhoven?

A DDW ticket will set you back €19 online, €19.50 at the door.

Eindhoven – DDW Music 2017: There has never, ever been a festival in Eindhoven that didn’t include music, and Dutch Design Week is no different.

As noted above, DDW is the preeminent event in this tech-and-design center. The music lives up to that global reputation, with more than 70 musical performances between 21–29 October, at more than a dozen venues around town. (Eindhoven has several large music halls, at least two or three big outdoor music facilities and about at thousand bars and cafes with sound stages.)

Though we have all musical genres, Eindhoven and the Netherlands as a whole is a center for EDM, with top DJs coming here from all over Europe. This is, in a lot of ways, like a mini-Berlin, so get ready to party like it’s 2017.

You can get tickets here.

Frankfurt – 48th German Jazz Festival: Another well-established event, this festival is equally popular with established acts and up-and-coming jazz musicians. So the Frankfurt festival has both newcomers and local talents and international jazz greats.

This year, acts include Children of the Light from the USA, which includes Brian Blade, John Patitucci, Robert Glasper and Kamasi Washington. Glasper and Washington worked with Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp a Butterfly as rap and jazz come together.

Mats Eilertsen Rubicon from Norway represents the more trad jazz. All jazz is pretty much experimental. But then there’s Roger Hanschel & Auryn Quartet, an unusual combination of violins and a sax.

Check out the website for the full lineup, which is organized by each day’s concerts.

The German Jazz Festival runs from this coming Wednesday through next Sunday at three venues: the famous Alte Oper; Artist House Mousonturm; and hr-Sendesaal.

Tickets start at €40, which you can purchase here.

London – Erdinger Oktoberfest: Want to experience Oktoberfest without going across the Channel to Germany? German brewery Erdinger Weissbrau has what you need through Sunday at Erdinger Oktoberfest on London’s Greenwich Peninsula next to O2 Arena.

Not only will there be fine brews from Erdinger on tap at its 3,000-capacity tent, there will also be over 40 waitresses from Germany and a lineup of Munich’s famed Oktoberfest bands to make Brexitland feel more like Deutschland, as well as plenty of food and fun to enjoy over the final week of the fun festival.

Tickets to Erdinger Oktoberfest are £5 to £30 (€6 – €35), while those looking for a VIP experience can put down £187.50 (€213) for the privilege.

London – Harry Potter: A History of Magic: Coming to the British Library PACCAR Gallery this Friday through 28 February 2018 is Harry Potter: A History of Magic. Explore the origins of one of the most famous wizards of our time while celebrating the 20th anniversary of creator J.K. Rowling’s first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Tickets to see the exhibition — which can be purchased via the link above — range from free to little wizards 4 and under, to £16 for the grown-up graduates of Hogwarts.

Paris – Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain: One of the first things one thinks about when Paris comes to mind is all of the fine art to be seen. Why not check some of it at the 44th edition of Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain from Thursday through Sunday within the iconic Grand Palais?

This year’s edition reintroduces FIAC’s design section, featuring five design galleries ” internationally renowned for their expertise in the field of 20th and 21st design.” There will also be an “on-site” section on the grounds of the Petit Palais and along Avenue Winston Churchill, filled with installations and sculptures. And of course, 193 exhibitions under the famed skylight of the Grand Palais, covering every possible aspect of contemporary fine art.

Tickets to FIAC are €37, €60 with a catalogue, €65 with a guided tour.

Vienna – Viennale 2017: The Vienna International Film Festival is Vienna’s highest-profile film festival in a city that’s very arts-forward.

To prove it, this year’s event has Hollywood A-listers including Christopher Waltz and the trailer is by Abel Ferrara, a tribute to Viennale director Hans Hurch, who died this past summer. About 100,000 people attend this event every October, so yeah … it’s huge.

The 2017 festival will have 300 films, with an emphasis on the newest feature films of every genre and structural form imaginable, though documentaries. international short films and experimental works are the big draw.

The film festival runs from now through 2 November and the lineup includes the debuts of films from around the globe including Austria, China, Germany, India, France, the United States and Argentina. You can see the full schedule here.

Vienna – Helena Rubinstein. Pioneer of Beauty: From now through 6 May 2018, Jewish Museum Vienna presents its newest exhibition, Helena Rubinstein. Pioneer of Beauty. The exhibit covers Rubinstein’s rise as a pioneer in female entrepreneurship, and the legacy she left behind by the time of her passing in 1965.

From the website:

Helena Rubinstein was a pioneer in female entrepreneurship. It did not come easily to her. She was born in the 1870s in Kraków as the oldest of eight daughters and grew up in modest circumstances in an orthodox Jewish family. After a stopover in Vienna, where she worked in her aunt’s fur store and collected the first ideas for her later career, she emigrated to Australia and worked initially as a children’s nanny. She began to sell creams imported from Poland and founded her first beauty salon. In order to develop her own products, she handed over the business to two of her sisters and left for Paris. In 1912 she invented the first system for identifying skin types. She founded beauty salons in Paris and London. In 1914, by now married, she emigrated with her two children and husband to the USA, where she continued to develop her own cosmetic line, which from the 1920s also bore her name.

Tickets to see the exhibition — as well as the other exhibits at Jewish Museum Vienna — are €12 for adults, free for children 18 and under. The museum is closed on Saturdays, as Saturday is the Jewish Sabbath.

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