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Dispatches’ weekly weekend event guide for Europe: 23 March through 26 March 2017

Welcome to the final full weekend of March 2017, where spring has sprung, the days are starting to become longer, and thoughts of holiday are blossoming forth all over Europe.

Until then, here’s what we have on this weekend’s itinerary: a couple of festivals in Amsterdam and Barcelona devoted to beer and wine; a long-running book fair in Paris; and Berlin Nights. Let’s go!

17353408_1233262553393747_4113856138162453999_nAmsterdam – Amsterdam Wine Festival: Wine aficionados, this one’s for you!

Come sample the finest wines from the Southern Hemisphere during this weekend’s Amsterdam Wine Festival at Westergasfabriek. The first edition of this festival will feature the best from Australia, Argentina, South Africa, and other countries south of the Equator, along with workshops, tastings, live music and food.

Tickets for the festival and workshops go for 12€, and can be had through here.

Be sure to buy your ticket to the Amsterdam Wine Festival if you want to actually attend, though, as the workshop tickets are only good for the workshops.

Barcelona – Barcelona Beer Festival: Prefer frothy suds over fermented grapes?

Then Barcelona has your event! Spend your Friday through Sunday at the Barcelona Beer Festival at La Farga de L’Hospitalet, where 508 selected brews from around the world will be on tap to fill your official BBF glass!

Food, workshops, panels, meet-and-greets, and a special four-pack of beer are some of the other things in store at the BBF.

A ticket to the BBF will cost you 7€ at the door, which nets you the official glass and booklet of the festival, along with two drink tokens. Extra tokens go for 1€, and you’ll need them all; it’s the only way to pay for your brews.

Berlin – Berlin Nights“Berlin Nights” is back, with dancing performances, acrobatics, live music and interactive entertainment.

You almost have to be a Berliner to understand this ambitious event, which draws on the halcyon days when Berlin’s discos and LBGT clubs were booming, and each tried to out do the other with astounding entertainment.

From the website:

There were also variété acts, acrobatics in theaters such as Chamäleon, the Admirals Palast, Wintergarten, etc. Berliners loved turning their evening entertainment into something astonishing. Revues at the Friedrichstadt-Palast and plays were also tremendously successful. The Theater at Potsdamer Platz was impossible to ignore with its lavish musical and show productions. Despite the growth of the music and youth-bent party landscape, these cultural, acrobatic and entertainment arts retained great popularity.  

For the new production, there will be three totally different Berlin Nights on stage evening:

  • a piano soirée accompanied by contemporary dance 
  • a multi-faceted club night with hip-hop, breakdance, DJ-ing, showbarkeeping and singing
  • a live concert with variété elements and urban dance. 

Tickets start at 19 euros.

header_en_2017Brussels – Millenium International Documentary Film Festival: The de facto capital of the European Union has something for those of you who prefer the real world over The Real World.

Starting this Friday and running through 2 April is the 2017 edition of the Millenium International Documentary Film Festival, held at BOZAR and four other cinemas in Brussels.

The mission of the festival, organized by Diogène asbl. Diogène, is to “screen documentary films that inspire us to reflect and discover others, their complexity and the beauty of difference… Seeing, knowing and understanding what is going on around us; penetrating daily life, its exceptions, the cities, the nooks and crannies of the world.”

Tickets for the ninth edition of MIDFF go for 6€ per film, 8€ for the opening night at BOZAR. Festival passes are 20€ for five films, 40€ for 10. All tickets and passes can be purchased at the doors of BOZAR, CIVA, Cinéma Aventure, Cinéma Galeries and Actor’s Studio, or online by sending an email to

London – BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights: Should you be in London this weekend, head over to the Tate Modern for “ten days of performance, film, music and dance in The Tanks” during its temporary exhibition, BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights.

The exhibition will bring together “an intergenerational selection of artists that have been invited to stage their work as a space that extends a form of hospitality or community, to other artists and visitors alike.”

There will also be six nights full of live performances split over two weekends: 24 through 26 March, and 29 March through 1 April.

Admission is free for the day portion of the exhibition, 12£ to 20£ for each performance of the night portion.

org_livre_paris_2011431139Paris – Paris Book Fair: Whether you’re Twilight Sparkle, Blake Belladonna, or a bookworm in general, the 37th annual Paris Book Fair will be sure to whisk you away to the farthest corners of your imagination.

Held Friday through Monday at the Porte de Versailles, the 2017 edition will shine the spotlight on the literature of Morocco, the fair’s country of honour this year.

More than 150,000 attendees will see almost 3,000 authors, and experience over 800 events over the course of the four-day affair, open to fans and pros alike.

Day tickets go for 8€ while a full fair pass can be had for 29€; information and purchasing can be found here.

Vienna – Der Wiener Filmball: After a weekend without a reason to wear your finest ball ensembles, we’re back in the swing of things with this weekend’s selection, Der Wiener Filmball.

Held this Friday at Town Hall, the Filmball “is one of the most exclusive film events in the German-speaking world.” Six Academy Award winners have been guests at the ball since its re-launch in 2010, including Kevin Spacey, Christoph Walz and Eileen Kastner-Delago.

The Filmball kicks off at 18:30 with a walk across the red carpet, followed by dinner and the Filmball Awards show at 20:00, and the after-party at 23:00.

Ticket information and pricing can be had by contacting

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