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Dispatches’ weekly weekend guide for Europe: 13 October through 16 October 2016

It’s the middle of October. What do you have planned for the weekend?


Don’t worry. We at Dispatches Europe have your itinerary to the coolest events from all over Europe.

This weekend’s list includes the conclusion of Berlin’s Oktoberfest; the start of Barcelona’s Oktoberfest (yes, Barcelona); and a few arts and culture festivals in Amsterdam, London and Vienna. Let’s go!

Amsterdam – Camera Japan Festival: Every autumn, the annual Camera Japan Festival makes a few stops in the Netherlands to present the best in Japanese cinema, animation and culture. This year’s edition will visit Amsterdam this weekend from Friday through Sunday at the Kriterion.

The programme for the weekend includes Magnificent Nine, Miss Hokusai, Flying Colors and Cats Don’t Come When You Call. Ticket information can be had here.

urlBarcelona – Oktoberfest Barcelona: You read that correctly: Barcelona has its own Oktoberfest, which started yesterday at the Plaza Universo of Fira Barcelona Montjuïc, and will conclude 23 October.

As with any Oktoberfest, expect to rock your finest lederhosen and dirndls while enjoying Bavarian delights, dancing, and — of course — mass quantities of the finest German beers around. Admission to the festival is free, but get there early to get a good seat in the big tent!

Berlin – Berliner Oktoberfest: It’s either now or wait until next year (or head southwest to Barcelona, as mentioned above)! Head over to Berlin for the final weekend of Berliner Oktoberfest, where you can wear your finest dirndls and lederhosen while drinking as much beer and eating as much food as you can stand from now until the last day on Sunday.

oktoberfest-tentBerliner Oktoberfest doesn’t run straight through the week like its bigger sibling, opting to open its tents from Wednesday through Sunday each week of the annual beer festival.

Admission to the festival is free, while the tents charge 5€ only on Fridays and Saturdays.

Of course, if beer isn’t your thing – and even if it is – this is also the last weekend of the Festival of Lights, one of the many concepts which makes Berlin Europe’s coolest city.

Since 2005, The technicians/artists have transformed the city’s best-known landmarks including the Brandenburg Gate into huge light shows. You don’t want to miss this event, which runs through Sunday.

From the website:

The city itself is transformed into a glowing stage and the landmarks, monuments, buildings, streets and squares become stars. National and international artists, designers and creative teams tell stories, convey messages and direct focus on the special and unique.

You can see the complete program here.

20227Brussels – Food Fair: From Saturday through 23 October, head over to Brussels Expo for the 87th annual Food Fair. Over the next nine days, enjoy cooking workshops, fashion and beauty shows, the Belgian Championship for aspiring young bakers, food trucks, beer, and so much more.

About 150,000 are expected to attend the annual food affair.

Tickets are available for 10€ per person at the door, 5€ per person when purchased online.

poster_kn2016Copenhagen – Culture Night: Tonight (Friday) is the 24th year of this event, which includes 700 events throughout Denmark’s capital.

Museums, libraries, educational establishments, theatres, musical venues, churches and many other institutions representing art and culture will open their doors to the public, according to the event website (which, as you would expect from the Danes, is exceptionally well done.) Culture Night opening hours are from six o’clock till midnight, some institutions may however open or close a little later or earlier. So, try to work in a nap this afternoon.

cowalfest-2016Cowal – CowalFest Argyl: Head through the Brexit into Cowal, Scotland for the annual CowalFest. From now through Sunday, go on over 60 walks through several areas of interest, led by “expert and knowledgeable walk leaders.”

Organized by Cowal Walking Festival Association, there will be walks for all skill and health levels, along with family-friendly entertainment, Scottish dancing and music, a photography contest, a beer and wine festival, and so much more over the next weekend.

Most walks can be booked for £6 per person; click here for more information.

London – Africa on the Square: Are you in London this Saturday between noon and 18:00? Then head to Trafalgar Square for the third edition of Africa on the Square.

2x1_africaday_0The single-day festival, organized by the Mayor of London for Black History Month, will have lots for all to experience and enjoy. Live music and dance, a fashion show, food stands, shopping, all representing various African cultures on the square.

And the best part? Admission is free.

Oslo – Films from the South: Before it closes this Sunday, head up to Oslo for the annual Films from the South film festival.

ffs2016-profil-red-1080p-textBorn in 1991, the film festival presents the best in Asian, African and Latin American cinema; a total of 81 films from 35 nations distributed over 250 screenings will be on the program over the 10-day festival.

This year’s program includes August Winds, Don’t Call Me Son, Harmony, and Liberation Day. A full festival ticket will set you back 1,050 kr, while a single showing only costs 110 kr; more information here.

32709-2128450352-1-575Paris – Salon d’Automne: The first Salon d’Automne was organized in 1903 by Georges Rouault, André Derain, Henri Matisse and Albert Marquet “as a reaction to the conservative policies of the official Paris Salon.” Since then, the annual autumn art festival has served the showcase for “developments and innovations in 20th century painting and sculpture.”

This year’s edition will have more than 1,000 exhibits from 870 artists, along with lectures and performances to enthrall the thousands of guests who will come through the Champs-Elysées from today through Sunday. Whatever your artistic interests, you’ll find it at the Salon d’Automne.

StockholmStockholm Invitational Tennis Tournament, 15 October – 23 October: This prestigious tournament dates back to 1969, and has been won by icons of the sport including Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer and Boris Becker. There have been six different Swedish winners in the tournament’s history, and in 2004, Thomas Johansson was the latest Swede to win.

This year, the top names include American John Isner and No. 7 ranked Gaël Monfils of France.

You can get tickets here. (Warning: The Stockholm tournament has the most frustrating website … ever.

14-21-28-10_bahara-kazerouni_2_by-astrid-raubek-lujic-300x240Vienna – Salam Orient 2016: From today through Halloween, experience the cultures of the Middle East and Southeast Asia during the latest edition of Salam Orient. Lectures, readings, music and dance will shine a spotlight on a diverse range of cultural art from India, Palestine, Turkey, Syria et al. Some programmes are free; tickets for the rest can be found here.

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