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Dispatches’ weekly weekend event guide for Europe: 2 March through 5 March 2017

Carnival has passed, and now it’s on to the 40 days of restraint and reverence known as Lent. Also: welcome to the first weekend of March, where the only madness in many a European’s mind are the upcoming elections in the Netherlands and France; possibly soccer, too.

No matter what you’re doing (or not doing) this weekend, we have plenty of events for your consideration, including a whiskey festival in Amsterdam, an Asian culture festival in Brussels, and a licorice festival in Copenhagen.

Let’s go!

Amsterdam – Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival: If you haven’t gone already, this is your last chance! The annual Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival will leave Amsterdam this Sunday!

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).

You know what could go with all that ice, though? Whiskey!

The Spirit of Amsterdam International Whiskey Festival this Saturday in the Zuiderkerk will lift your spirits with more than 500 examples of the good stuff; plus food, stories about whisky, masterclasses, and so much more.

The festival is split into two sessions: one in the afternoon from 13:00 to 17:00, and an evening session from 19:00 to 23:00.

Tickets for either session go for 39€; a single ticket is good for only one session, which is for the best.

Barcelona – Festa de Sant Medir: This Friday is one of the sweetest festivals in Europe, Barcelona’s own Festa de Sant Medir (la festa més dolça in Catalan).

The festival in the Gracia neighborhood – in honor of the patron saint of farmers, Sant Medir – is a parade featuring 26 groups and more than 120 horses handing out more than 60 tons of candy to all along the parade route between Villa de Gracia and Jardinetes de Gracia.

Legend has it in 1830, a baker named Josep Vidal i Granés vowed to God if he cured him, the baker would make a yearly pilgrimage to the chapel of Saint Medir.

God did, and Granés banged a drum and handed out sweets along his pilgrimage.

Over the years, the journey grew larger and larger until it became the festival it is today.

So, grab your umbrella – to keep the rain away and/or to capture the candy – and enjoy the sweetness of the parade, which starts at 20:00.

Brussels – Made in Asia: Anime, gaming and Asian culture all come together at Brussels Expo this Friday through Sunday for Made in Asia!

The sixth edition of the festival will have fashion shows, the latest and greatest from game publishers and hardware manufacturers, retro and arcade games, cooking lessons, origami, and more.

Throw on your finest Ruby Rose or Raiden cosplay, and head on over to take in all Made in Asia will have to offer; tickets range from 11€ for a Thursday ticket, to 30€ for a three-day pass.

! Foto HASSE FERROLD LAKRIDSFESTIVAL 21 02 2015 4aCopenhagen – Licorice Festival: Into all things licorice?

Then mosey on over to the Weber Grill Academy this Saturday and Sunday for the Licorice Festival.

Whether you’re into salty or sweet, the festival has it all under this year’s theme, “Basic Black,” including: make your own licorice workshop; cooking and decorating with licorice workshops; music; and more.

Tickets are available for 50kr to 250kr, but don’t delay; most tickets have sold out!

Frankfurt –  Magritte. The Treachery of Images: The much-anticipated Magritte retrospective opens today at the Schirn Art Museum in Frankfurt.

Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte was one of the most influential artists of the early 20th Century. (They say that about all the artists, but this guy really was.) Schirn director Philipp Demandt, René Magritte, “with his distinctive visual imagery, is one of the most popular and influential artists of the 20th century.”

Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 7.34.05 AMAnd admit it … you’ve always liked this Magritte, at right.

The exhibition, “The Treachery of Images,” is a collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

DeutschWelle has a great preview of the show, which includes 70 works.

The crowds will come early for this show, but it runs through 5 June. So you might wait a bit and avoid the crowds. The Schirn website is really helpful, and you can get tickets here. The show is priced at 12 euros.

London – See Me Now: 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.

bandeauevenement_3Paris – From Zurbarán to Rothko: Alicia Koplowitz Collection: Beginning Friday and running through 10 July 2017, the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris is hosting its newest exhibition, From Zurbarán to Rothko: Alicia Koplowitz Collection.

About 50 pieces from Koplowitz’s collection – including works by Zurbarán, Goya and Giacometti – will be on display, where women (as artist and/or subject) have a huge presence.

Ticket prices range from 10.50€ to 16.50€.

Vienna – Wiener Technoball: This Saturday night, mix up your wubs with your fancy outfits during Wiener Technoball at the Kursalon Hübner!

Under the motto “Tradition trifft Zukunft – Techno trifft Walzer” (“Tradition meets the Future – Techno meets waltz”), the Technoball combines club culture with waltz culture, history and the modern.

The festivities kick off with the Techno Dinner at 19:30, followed by the ball itself from 21:00 to 6:00, then the after party from 6:00 until it all fades to black! Tickets range from 59€ for the ball, to 89€ for the ball and dinner.

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