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What’s on in Europe in August: Pop art, Africa Days and Notting Hill Carnival

What's on in Europe in August: Pop art, Africa Days and Notting Hill Carnival


Pop art in Cologne, the Edinburgh festivals, rock in Paris, Africa Days in Vienna and the Notting Hill Carnival in London. Following is the best of what's on in Europe in August.



MUSIC: The cream of society gathers for a yearly rendezvous in Mozart's hometown of Salzburg for a month of cultural highlights ranging from operas to plays and concerts, starring some of the world's biggest names.

The Salzburg Festival running to 30 August plays host to some 190 performances, including audience's favourite Everyman. Also on the programme — Italian maestro Riccardo Muti, conductors Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim, German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, Latvian mezzo Elina Garanca and Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon, as well as Russian superstar soprano Anna Netrebko.

Photo © Nino Machaidze
Salzburg Festival: Roméo et Juliette: Juliette, Nino Machaidze

ART: Sleeping Beauties, many from Puerto Rico's Museo de Arte de Ponce, on show at Vienna's Lower Belvedere museum until 3 October. The exhibit, including Frederic Leighton's Flaming June and several paintings by Edward Burne-Jones, pays homage to the works of pre-Raphaelites in the late 19th century. Includes works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and Sir John Everett Millais.

FESTIVAL/AFRICA: Vienna celebrates its 6th Africa Days from 30 July to 15 August on the Donauinsel. The programme includes concerts, African drum demonstrations, a fashion show, a bazaar with food stalls and handicrafts, and paint workshops and story-telling for youngsters.


FASHION: From a city that has thrown out some of Europe's top designers, the costume and lace museum focuses on fashion and women's lib with an exhibition titled Sixties! that runs until 31 December.

Photo © George Osodi
BOZAR expo: GEO-graphics, George Osodi, Ogony Boy, 2007

ART: A focus on Africa with a difference at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, with Geo-graphics, offering 220 traditional works counterposed with the continent's urban scene and contemporary art. Until 26 September.

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