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Dispatches’ weekly weekend event guide for Europe: 9 March – 12 March 2017

We’re almost near the Ides of March, as well as the start of spring and the Feast of Saint Patrick. But before the brews, flowers and knives come out to play, we have this new European weekend ahead of us!

This weekend’s itinerary includes the 87th annual Geneva International Motor Show, the Brussels Dance! dance festival, and an early alert for London Beer Week.

Let’s go!

Amsterdam – Amsterdam Coffee Festival: After all of the ice sculptures and whiskeys on the rocks over the past few weeks, we think it’s time to warm up with some coffee.

What better way than at the 2017 edition of the Amsterdam Coffee Festival!

From now until Sunday at Gashouder, check out live latte art, coffee mixologists competing to create the best coffee cocktail, the Dutch Tea Championship final, street food, live music and more!

Tickets range from 4.50€ (5.50€ at the door) for children between 10 and 16, to 50€ (65€ at the door) for a VIP pass; online purchases can be made here.

wcc2016Barcelona – Spannabis 2017: Amsterdam can’t have all the fun when it comes to cannabis!

Head over to Barcelona’s Firà de Cornellà this Friday through Sunday for the world’s largest cannabis festival, Spannabis!

The 14th edition will have more than 200 stalls of green goodness from national and international brands, all competing for prizes and titles like “Best Seed Bank,” “Best Paraphernalia Product” and “Best Stand.”

The festival also coincides with the third annual World Cannabis Conferences, held this year at the Auditorium of Cornellá. The conferences “have been set up with the aim of bringing to life all the advances and efforts conducted over the past years in the field of cannabis.”

Tickets for the festival range from 18€ for a single day, to 43€ for a three-day pass.

Brussels – Brussels Dance!: We’re into the homestretch for the two-month-long Brussels Dance! dance festival, which kicked off last month, and is set to end 31 March.

During the second season of Brussels Dance!, the festival 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.

Frankfurt –  Magritte. The Treachery of Images: The much-anticipated Magritte retrospective opened last weekend 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 said 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.

Geneva – Geneva International Motor Show: Wondering where to find the latest and greatest in the European and global automotive scenes?

Look no further than Palexpo in Geneva for the 87th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show.

Open to the public from today through next Sunday, the auto show will have world debuts from Alpine (famed French manufacturer who will return to the living with the A110), Volkswagen (debuting their Audi A7-based CC-replacement Arteon) and Opel (who, along with British sibling Vauxhall, were just sold by now-former parent company General Motors to French manufacturer Peugeot-Citroen).

Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer will have a special exhibit devoted to its motor sport heritage during Geneva, including racing simulators, a handful of race cars, and a custom Porsche 911R.

Tickets to the show range from CHF 9 for children between 6 and 16, to CHF 16 for adults; purchasing and info are here.

London – London Beer Week: This one starts Monday, but we can’t let you miss out on the beer to be had this coming week!

From the same minds behind London Cocktail Week comes London Beer Week, “a true celebration of beers, ales, lagers and ciders alike, set against the backdrop of the capital.”

Throughout the week, the spotlight will shine upon several breweries and tap rooms, offering their finest brews and suds. Those who wish to partake will ferried from each location via rickshaw.

Near the end of LBW is The Beer Edit at the Oval Space in East London.

A magical beer village will spring up to fill your mug with beers and ciders galore, with parties and fun on top between Thursday and Saturday.

Tickets for the rickshaw tours can be had here for 10£, while those for The Beer Edit — also for 10£ — can be had here.

Paris – 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 – Ball des Sports: Are you ready for some sportsball!

Well, this isn’t quite that, but the Ball des Sports at Vienna City Hall this Saturday night should appeal to all sports enthusiasts, even if the uniforms are standard ball attire.

The 11th edition – the theme this year is “Beach Volleyball” -–will have top athletes, those from the front office, sponsors, celebs, the works! Welcome gifts, raffles, four rooms of music, and a sports/activity zone round out the rest of the dance card.

Tickets range from 25€ to 55€, and can be had here.

Doors open at 18:00 for the evening kassa, 20:00 for the main event, and the dancing runs from 21:00 to around 01:00.

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