Barcelona: Salon Nautico, 24th-29th September 2013
For all those boating enthusiasts out there, Barcelona will be the place to be this week. The largest and most organized trade show in all of Spain, will take place at Port Vell. All the prestigious marine transport and sporting manufacturers meet and present to international clients. Although this event attracts a specific group of buyers who come to view the latest yachts, it has grown so large that it now includes many exciting activities for everyone like a boat parade, where a selection of the very latest in the boating and water sport world will sail across Port Vell. This event begins at 8:30 p.m. on the 27th and is free to all who come to the trade show, or just happen to be in Barcelona at the time. Another feature of the show is a Fun Beach where guests can learn or practice their skills in a variety of water sports like dinghy sailing, canoeing, paddle surfing, kayaking, and many others.
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If you’re more the type to mix business with pleasure, than this event is the perfect place for both. The “Espai del Mar” or Sea Space is the site for professional conferences, talks with seafarers, presentations of Regattas, and even prize-giving ceremonies. If you feel like blowing off some steam after a long week of seminars, then head out to the first ever SUP (stand-up paddle) festival, where a race will be held on Saturday the 28th at noon. Places are limited in the race so if you’re feeling competitive, head to firstname.lastname@example.org to register. If you are new to stand up paddle surfing, a demonstration will be held on Tuesday the 24th from noon to 5:00 p.m. The entry fee for the trade show is 12 euros, but visit www.salonnautico.com to register early and receive a 50% discount! Whether you are on vacation or working in the boating business, this annual event has proven itself for 50 years and is sure to send a wave of chatter all across Spain.
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Berlin: Berlin Marathon, 29th September 2013
If you feel like mixing exercise with music, literature, and a wide array of activities than the Berlin marathon is something to add to your travel list. This marathon, one of the largest in the world with nearly 60,000 runners, is spread over two days to accommodate those on foot, those in wheelchairs, and even in-line skaters. With the moderate September weather, and the flat landscape, this is one of the fastest marathon courses and there is a good chance you will see a world record broken. And if you’re worried about growing bored with watching the runners/skaters, there is no need to fret because the course is lined with 80 bands at intervals of about 500 meters. Every time your focus starts to wane, a new band with a different sound will be there to give you new life! And if you don’t feel like watching the race, the music festival is a great thing to enjoy in itself with shows like the samba band at Wild Boar, the Turkish rock band Kottbusser Gate and the Jazz Big Band at York castle in Kreuzberg. To see more of the bands that will be performing, visit www.bmw-berlin-marathon.com and look at the interactive route map.
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Unfortunately, the registration is closed for this year’s event, but if you wish to run in the future, the application can be found at www.bmw-berlin-marathon.com and you can register on the 30th of September, which is the recommended day because there are many applicants. Despite this, the race attracts a great number of people, and includes many other events in which you do not have to be a participant to attend. If you have general questions about the event you can email the marathon staff at any time at email@example.com and if you wish to be more involved they welcome any help they can get. To volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org at anytime. This marathon picks up the pace of Berlin and is a prime time to be in the city, and definitely something to check out if you’re in the area.
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Florence: 26th Intercity Festival- International contemporary drama festival, 29th September to 31st October
For those of you who are addicted to the theatre and cinema, than Florence will be hosting its 26th annual Intercity Festival, which aims to connect Italian theatre and Cinema with international theatre companies and films. It is sponsored by a network of four theatres which are: The Royal Court Theatre, Schaubune am Lehniner Platz, Teatro Della Limonaia, and the Theatre National de la Colline. The festival has a wide array of events to attend and shows the diversity of theatre, film, and books around the world. It runs for an entire month and the activities include new Italian and foreign productions (translated to Italian), meetings and readings with authors, film festivals, seminars and exhibitions. Some of the featured events are a showing of UK cinema which includes classic films like “Life of Brian” and “The French Lieutenants Woman,” “A Tribute to Ping Pong” by Jo Stromgren Kompani which shows ping pong as much more than a sport but as a philosophy. The company presents with a combination of puppetry and voice over, and there will be many other interesting and diverse performances, films, and seminars throughout the month.
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Ticket prices for the event range depending on what you wish to attend, and information on advance ticket purchases can be found by contacting Firenze Turismo information center at 055 440582. This Festival promises to offer a wide range of things to see and despite the possible language barrier, many of the productions cater to an international audience.
London: FutureFest, 28th -29th September
If you are one of the many riding the wave of innovation then you must follow it to Shoreditch Town Hall in London where FutureFest will present some of the latest technological ideas known to man. They are basing the event on four major themes which leave something for even those who think they may not be a technology buff. These themes are: “Well Becoming” which will focus on how we can lead healthier and smarter lives, for those of you who have recently gone on a health kick; “In the Imaginarium” which will present the combination of the creative and scientific mind, for all those poets out there; “We are all Gardeners Now” which will focus on taking responsibility for our impact on the earth, for all of you who have been thinking green; and last but not least “The Value of Everything” which will focus on the political sphere of the future, for all of you blooming politicians. Two of the people who will be presenting are Lily Cole, a former model for vogue who graduated with a double first class degree in art history from Cambridge in 2011 and has recently led a team to develop a social giving network called impossible.com, and David Runciman who is a professor of politics at Cambridge University and is the author of two books published by Princeton.
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To view a schedule of events, a complete list of speakers, and to buy tickets, visit www.futurefest.org. There will be four three hour sessions and tickets are 36 pounds per session and after purchasing your ticket, be sure to arrive 15- 30 minutes early for registration. This hopes to be a glimpse into a future that includes a wide array of interests and possibly solutions for major problems around the world, so be one of the first to witness history in the making.
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Nice: Triathlon de Nice, 29th September
This annual cycling, swimming, and running competition offers you the chance to compete on a world stage, as well as move through the scenic course in Nice which will offer beautiful views and take you far off the beaten path. You will swim in the Bay of Angels, then move to cycling the Col d’Eze which brings you to one of the best views in Cote d’Azur, and finish on Promenade des Anglais right along the beach. Although this event can be physically difficult, it promises to give competitors some of the greatest views and lead them along some of the most enjoyable routes found in the French Riviera.
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Registration for this event is still open and runs from 40-80 euros, depending on which category you wish to apply for. You can register at www.triathlondenice.fr and click on the large button on the right which flashes orange and blue. If you are looking for a way to test your fitness against competitors from all over the world and see some of the best sights at the same time, then this competition is more than you could ever hope for.
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Paris: Le printemps de la Renaissance : la sculpture et les arts a Florence 1400-1460, 26th September to 6th January
For those art lovers who wish to take a look back into the city of Florence at the beginning of the 15th century, a new exhibition coming to the Louvre on Thursday the 26th of September may interest you. It will be built around the sculptures by Donatello and will attempt to show the amazing cultural enthusiasm of the city that still holds onto their name which still today is closely connected with artistic events of the 15th century.
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The exhibition will include sculptures of Ghiberti and Michelozzo, paintings by Brunelleschi, and pottery by Della Robia. Many other masterpieces will be brought together to attempt to retell the story of this amazing time in artistic and cultural history. This is a very important stop for any art lover who wishes to see a stunning collection that will only be together for a limited time.
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