Welcome to the new year, dearest readers! 2017 is the year everything starts anew, and Dispatches Europe will be here to cover it all.
And of course, this includes all of the coolest events, concerts, exhibits and more in our weekly weekend event guide for Europe.
Want to know how to spend your first weekend of 2017? We have your itinerary, which includes the Three Kings visiting Barcelona, a celebration in honor of the last Tintin to be colored, and Les soldes in Paris.
Amsterdam – FIBER x The Rest is Noise: Looking for a mind-blowing audio-visual explosion to kick off 2017? If you’re in Amsterdam, head over to Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ Friday evening for FIBER x The Rest is Noise.
The lineup includes ambient producer Paul Jebanasam performing his latest album, Continuum with visual artist Tarik Barri, and dub techno lord Scott Monteith (a.k.a. Deadbeat) with visual artist Rainer Kohlberger coming together to bring Monteith’s Qawwali Quatsch to life.
Tickets go for 13.50€ to 17€, show starts at 19:00.
Barcelona – Three Kings Parade: You thought you left Christmas behind? Not if you’re in Barcelona!
This Thursday, the Kings of the Orient will ride through the heart of Barcelona in the city’s biggest parade, the Three Kings Parade. Taking place before one of Spain’s joyous holidays, the Día de los Reyes Magos, the parade will feature “the tranquil gardens of King Melchior, the enchanted forest of King Caspar and the African savannahs of King Balthasar.”
The Kings will gather at the Moll de la Fusta wharf at 16:30 Thursday afternoon, then set off from Avenue Marquès de l’Argentera at 18:00; the parade ends at Avenue Reina Maria Cristina at 21:00.
Admission is free.
Berlin – Tanztage Berlin: Kicking off Thursday evening and continuing through the ides of January, the Tanztage Berlin dance festival steps into the Sophiensaele for 10 days of contemporary dance from up-and-coming choreographers and their dancers.
The 26th edition will include five artists from Tehran, Iran, the feedback forum Let’s Talk About Dance, and parties filled with music and, of course, dance.
Brussels – Tintin at the Grand Place: Tintin is a Belgian cultural touchstone, born on the pages of Le Petit Vingtième in January 1929 in his first adventure, Tintin in the Land of the Soviets.
The serialized comic by Hergé was an anti-communist tale following the journalist’s visit to Stalin’s Russia, intending to expose the government’s secrets… if the OGPU doesn’t kill him first.
Land of the Soviets is also the last of Tintin’s adventures to be published in colour, with the first copies due out 11 January.
In honour of the occasion, Hergé’s original publisher, Casterman, and the foundation established to protect his work, Moulinsart, have organized several events at Devant l’Hôtel de Ville on Grande Place this Saturday between 14:30 and 16:00.
Events include costume and look-alike contests, and visits by Tintin and his dog Snowy on the Brussels Town Hall Balcony and his namesake art gallery.
And believe it or not, admission is free.
London – London Short Film Festival: From Friday through 15 January, the 14th annual London Short Film Festival will present a full program of the best in cutting-edge independent short films from the United Kingdom and the world.
The festivities kick off with a live performance at Moog Sound Lab UK, featuring 16mm projections by David Lester and Bea Haut, augmented by music from Fay Milton & Ayse Hassan of post-punk band Savages with electronic artist Martin Dubka of Crystal Sky.
Workshops and live music fill out the rest of the dance card.
Ticket prices vary per event; click through here to learn more.
Paris – Les soldes d’hiver 2017: This even doesn’t begin until next Wednesday, but if you’re looking for a bargain, you’ll need to know about the six-week shopping extravaganza in the City of Lights.
Whether you’re seeking a new coat, a new purse, or a whole new wardrobe, Les soldes (sales) is the perfect time to get what you need for as much as up to 70 percent off regular price! The winter 2017 sales come to an end 21 February; after that, you’ll have to wait for the summer les soldes in late June since French retailers only have two big sales each year.
Les soldes d’hiver 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.
The link above can help you prepare for the madness ahead.
Vienna – The Better Half: Jewish Women Artists Before 1938: This exhibition began two months ago, but better late than never, no?
Through 1 May 2017, visit the Jewish Museum Vienna for its latest exhibition, The Better Half: Jewish Women Artists Before 1938. To quote, “female artists in Vienna had a very difficult time before 1938. It is therefore all the more surprising how many women managed to succeed in this métier. A large number of them came from assimilated Jewish families.”
More than 40 artists and their works are on display, curated by Andrea Winklbauer and Sabine Fellner. The museum is open Sunday through Friday between 10:00 and 18:00.