Weekly Events: July 3 :::: 9

Posted on July 3, 2006




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It’s definitely summer! This week’s events is a list of top festivals across Europe: 

Copenhagen – Jazz Festival and Summer are back!
Best time of the year to be in Copenhagen; the likelihood of sun & reasonable temperatures is higher than usual and if the weather plays along, you can expect the sunshine to last until late at night, when you emerge from one of the many venues that host the north’s biggest jazz festival:

This year’s festival program presents several American Jazz icons such as Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, John Scofield og Kenny Barron and many others. Furthermore there will be several concerts with African artists. One is the king of vocal from Mali – Salif Keita, another the father of afro beat – Tony Allen and also the singer and bassist Richard Bona will present us for the some of Africa´s best world music.

Several concerts are already sold out.
When: July 7 through 16
Where: Various locations. Check the website for ticket and programme information.

Barcelona – Another Festival hits the Catalan Capital
Barcelona seems to have festivals going at the rate of one every week. The BCN Festival is a concoction of music, dance and theatre with some of its highlights including the very popular Dies de Danza and writer Alessandro Baricco’s retelling of the Iliad.
When: June 25 through August 5
Where: Different venues in the city. Check the site for details. 

London – Theo Jansen Gives a Talk
The Dutch artist famous for creating new "life forms" such as his crawling beach animals, is coming to London’s Institute of Contemporary Art to chat about his creatures.

Theo Jansen is one of the most extraordinary artists you will ever meet. He studied science at the University of Delft Holland, before becoming an artist and for the last ten years he’s been making a new kind of animal: his Strandbeest are skeletons that walk on the wind. Eventually he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they can live their own lives. Jansen will talk about his current exhibition at the ICA. Jansen’s recent lecture at Ars Electronica received a unanimous standing ovation – this talk is not to be missed.

When: Wed July 5,  7pm
Where: Institute of Contemporary Art  The Mall London SW1Y 5AH  phone 020 7930 3647

Milano – Miyazaki Retrospective
If you haven’t seen Miyazaki’s masterpieces yet, this is not to be missed: Milan is putting on 8 movies of the Japanese animation master, including the incredible Chihiro (ran this Sunday, but catch his earlier films the rest of the week). The show will run at Milan’s cinematheque and include live concerts of the various film scores. Milan is heating up, so spending a few evenings in a cool movie theatre may just be the right thing.
When: July 1 -9
Where: Cineteca Italiana/ Spazio Oberdan, Viale Vittorio Veneto 2 phone 02.7740.6300
For programme details check the site, but be aware; all in Italian. 

Athens – Hellenic Festival takes off
This event doesn’t even need great programming – the setting beats everything: Athen’s nearly 2000 year old amphitheatre Odeon of Herodes Atticus, nestled at the foot of the Acropopolis. It doesn’t get better than this, or maybe it does: this year the theatre will host performances by Tanztheater Wuppertal / Pina Bausch, singers Diana Krall and Liza Minnelli, and Philip Glass’ La Belle et La Bete.
When: July 1 – 31
Where: Herodes Atticus Theatre Athens  information number +30 210 92.82.900 or the booking number +30 2103272.000 email info@greekfestival.gr
Check the programme