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Global arts and culture events: September 2013 preview

  • Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

    In AD 79, a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried two cities in ash. They lay preserved for 1,600 years. This extraordinary exhibition at the British Museum in London takes the viewer back to the real lives of the people of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The museum has also laid on lectures, workshops, film and craft activities exploring life in the two towns. This show has been a huge hit so far and this is your last chance to see it - it closes at the end of September.

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  • American Modern

    The preoccupations of a rapidly changing America in the first half of the 20th Century run through this collection. The art is gathered from MoMa's collection and spans the years from 1915 to 1950. Some of the museum's best known pieces are featured, and among the artists included are Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keefe, George Bellows and Andrew Wyeth.

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  • Kapoor in Berlin

    Over the decades, Anish Kapoor has developed a unique style that blurs the boundaries between sculpture, installation and painting, using a huge variety of materials - from stone, steel and glass to wax and PVC. Occupying the whole of the ground floor of the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin are around 70 works, some of them specially designed for the venue.

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  • City of Stars festival

    The renowned Lake of Stars Project celebrates its 10th anniversary this year by hosting a revamped event – its name has changed to City of Stars, and it is now a city-based festival and arts conference in Lilongwe. The multi-venue event includes live music, film, theatre and art from Malawi – and also attracts international artists. Music acts include Malawi’s The Very Best, London’s George the Poet and Glasgow’s Auntie Flo.

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  • Rio Film Festival

    This year is the 15th anniversary of the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (or Festival do Rio as it is more generally known), and it is now the biggest film festival in Latin America. Around 400 films will be screened at 30 venues across the city. The event was founded in 1999 after the merger of two previous film festivals, the Rio Cine Festival and the Mostra Banco Nacional de Cinema.

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  • Gustavo Dudamel

    The exuberant Venezualan conductor Gustavo Dudamel is a box-office superstar and tours the world relentlessly. As music director of both the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of his native Venezuala and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he has become a truly international figure. In September he hits Japan, first of all in Tokyo where he conducts Verdi's operas Rigoletto and Aida at NHK Hall. From there he moves on to Nagoya and Osaka.

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  • World of Wearable Art

    Celebrating its 25th birthday this year, The World of Wearable Art Awards is a spectacular show held annually in Wellington that blends art and costume design. Category themes range from the South Pacific and Art Forms in Nature to Avant Garde, and entries come from all over the world.

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  • Madama Butterfly

    An acclaimed sell-out at its first run in 2009, this is a visually arresting interpretation of the heart-wrenching Puccini masterpiece about a young Japanese bride who is abandoned by her American naval officer husband. The uplifting Flower Duet, the beautiful Humming Chorus and Butterfly’s aria “Un bel dì” are among the opera’s most famous moments. Cape Town Opera Voice of the Nation Chorus is led by Chorus Master Albert Horne. The director is Christine Crouse and Albert Horne conducts.

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  • Haifa Film Festival

    Haifa has become a major cinematic event in Israel attracting wide audiences. Around 150 new films are screened at seven cinemas, and there are also open-air screenings. Opening the festival is The Congress, a live action/animation film by Ari Folman that originally premiered at Cannes and is loosely based on Stanislaw Lem's novel The Futurological Congress. In it, an aging actress with a disabled child enters into a deal with a film studio involving a digital version of herself.

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  • Portrait of the Times: 30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art

    This wide-ranging show featuring around 100 artists and 300 works is ambitious, aiming to trace Chinese contemporary art from the end of the 1970s to the present day. Amid huge social and political upheaval, it has been a bumpy ride, and is a complex story to tell. From the New Wave in the 1980s to critical acclaim in the 1990s, commercial successes in the 2000s and the country’s current prosperity, the show presents a detailed narrative of modern Chinese art.

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