Step into the kaleidoscope of creativity that is 2024! This year presents a thrilling spectrum of opportunities to dive headfirst into the dynamic events of art, cinema, design, and all things creative. From iconic film festivals to prestigious art fairs, here’s a curated list of the most exciting events happening around the globe, promising to enrich your mind and fuel your inspiration.
BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Germany, 15-25 February
Kicking off the year in style, the Berlin International Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale, takes center stage in one of the most architecturally and culturally inspiring cities in the world. Explore Berlin’s rich history and vibrant nightlife while indulging in a diverse range of films and red-carpet events.
DESIGN DOHA 2024 – Doha, February 24th to 28th
Design Doha 2024 marks the inaugural edition of a groundbreaking biennial event hosted by Qatar Museums in the vibrant Doha Design District. From February 24th to 28th, over 100 designers from the Middle East and North African (MENA) region will converge to showcase their diverse talents across various disciplines, including architecture, graphic design, textiles, and more. Spearheaded by Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the event aims to bridge contemporary design with traditional craftsmanship, featuring notable international designers like Choi Byung Hoon and Joris Laarman. Central to the biennial is the “Arab Design Now” exhibition curated by Rana Beiruti, offering insights into the creative processes of over 70 Arab designers.
ART DUBAI – UAE, 1-3 March
Head to the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel for Art Dubai, the premier international art fair in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Art Dubai celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the boundless potential of art to inspire change. From newly commissioned performances exploring themes of healing and hope to thought-provoking talks examining urgent global issues, the fair offers a dynamic platform for dialogue and creativity. With the largest talks program of any international art fair and an ambitious children’s program reaching thousands of students, Art Dubai reaffirms its commitment to nurturing the next generation of artists and thinkers. Premiering major new commissions and collaborations with local and international partners, Art Dubai solidifies its position as a vital hub for artistic innovation and cultural exchange, redefining the role of an art fair in supporting local and regional ecosystems.
COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL – USA, 12-14 and 19-21 April
Join the cultural melting pot at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, for an eclectic lineup of music, art installations, and fashion. Despite tickets being sold out, you can still join the waitlist for a chance to immerse yourself in this iconic event.
MILAN DESIGN WEEK – Italy, 16-21 April
Witness Milan transform into a design haven during Milan Design Week, featuring the renowned Salone del Mobile Furniture Fair and Fuorisalone. Find the complete guide here to plan your itinerary in advance and explore the latest in design and savor Milan’s exquisite Italian cuisine.
THE VENICE BIENNALE – Italy, 20 April – 24 November
A mesmerizing journey through the cutting edge of contemporary creativity. From April to November, these renowned international cultural activities transform the historic city of Venice into a vibrant tapestry of art, architecture, cinema, dance, and more. Wander through labyrinthine streets and majestic piazzas as you discover thought-provoking installations, avant-garde performances, and groundbreaking exhibitions that push the boundaries of artistic expression. With a Vaporetto pass in hand, navigating the city’s iconic canals becomes an adventure, allowing you to explore each corner of this captivating event.
FRIEZE NEW YORK – USA, 1-5 May
Head to Manhattan for Frieze New York, where leading galleries converge to showcase groundbreaking art presentations. Explore the city’s diverse culinary scene and engage with both emerging talent and art history’s luminaries.
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL– Cannes 14- 25 May
Nestled along the glamorous French Riviera, the Cannes Film Festival stands as one of the most prestigious events in the cinematic world. Each year, this illustrious festival draws filmmakers, actors, and cinephiles from around the globe to celebrate the art of cinema amidst the backdrop of sun-kissed beaches and opulent surroundings. Renowned for its red carpet premieres, star-studded galas, and discerning selection of films competing for the coveted Palme d’Or, Cannes offers a captivating blend of glitz, glamour, and cinematic excellence. To live this experience, contact us here.
ART BASEL – Switzerland, 13t- 16 June
Mark your calendars for the most anticipated event in the art world – Art Basel Basel! From June 13th to 16th, 2024, the picturesque Swiss city of Basel will host the original and most prestigious edition of Art Basel. Renowned as the pinnacle of contemporary art fairs, Art Basel Basel gathers galleries from across the globe for a four-day showcase at the esteemed Messe Basel Exhibition and Convention Center.
MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL– Switzerland, 5-20 July
Indulge in the soulful rhythms of jazz at the Montreux Jazz Festival, set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Geneva. Enjoy performances by international artists and take scenic train rides around the picturesque Swiss landscape.
HELSINKI FESTIVAL – Finland, 15 Aug-1 Sep
Discover Finland’s largest arts festival, offering a wide range of events from classical to contemporary art. Experience the vibrant cultural scene and unwind with sauna experiences amidst the beauty of Helsinki.
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL– UK, 14-22 September
Celebrate London’s status as a design capital with a week-long festival featuring installations and exhibitions throughout the city. Explore the Underground for easy travel and indulge in the quintessential British tradition of high tea.
BIENNALE DE LYON– France, 21 September-5 January
Embark on a cultural journey to Lyon for the Biennale de Lyon, showcasing contemporary art from international artists. Explore the city’s rich heritage and culinary delights while immersing yourself in artistic expression.
ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH – USA, 4-8 December
Round off the year with Art Basel Miami Beach, offering a unique blend of contemporary art and sun-soaked beaches. Take a walking tour to discover the city’s multicultural neighborhoods and vibrant art scene.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS BERLIN– Germany, 10-19 October
Experience the magic of the Festival of Lights as Berlin is transformed into an illuminated wonderland. Marvel at light and video projections on famous landmarks while exploring the city’s rich cultural heritage.