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Global arts and culture events: January 2014 preview

  • Flickerfest

    Known for its laid-back, summery mood, Sydney's outdoor, beachside cinema hosts Flickerfest every year. Now in its 23rd year, the event focuses on cutting-edge short films from Australia and the world. After the main event, it then embarks on tour to more than 45 venues around the country. Along with the competitive programmes, there is also a series of 'Flickerkids' short films for kids, a selection of Short Laughs Comedy shorts and an award-winning Celebrity Shorts spotlight.

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  • Red Sea Classical

    World-class conductor Valery Gergiev, who is the founder and artistic director of the Red Sea Classical Music Festival, turns 60 this year, and so the event is expected to be celebratory in tone. The director of the Mariinsky Opera House in St Petersburg, Gergiev has developed the event in Eilat, Israel which has become a major date in the city's calendar, along with the jazz festival. In addition to concerts by leading orchestras and choirs, the programme includes chamber music programme, dance performances and lectures.

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  • Palm Beach

    The Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival takes place in county theatres in Palm Beach and presents quality films with Jewish themes - social, historical, religious and cultural - from around the world. Over the years, it has frequently screened films that have gone on to be winners of both Golden Globes and Oscars. The event reinvented itself a few years back to become more diversified and ambitious in outlook. Proceedings will kick off with a screening and reception at the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

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  • Sundance

    Sundance is an undisputed highlight of the film festival calendar and began life in 1978 in an effort to attract more filmmakers to Utah. Categories include Documentary Premieres, Park City at Midnight ("unruly films that will keep you edge-seated"), Collection (classic indie films), New Frontier (multimedia and transmedia) and US and World Dramatic Competitions. In the run-up to the event - in the autumn of 2013 - the organisers are bringing a taste of Sundance to a wider audience by putting a collection of eight short films from the 2013 edition of the festival on tour across the US. Films include Skinnigrove, Jonah and Until the Quiet Comes. The tour will reach local art houses in about 50 US cities.

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  • Big Day Out

    Australia and New Zealand's famous international and local music festival kicks off in mid January and travels from city to city over several weeks. Things get started in Auckland, New Zealand, then move on to Australia's Gold Coast: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. At each location there are seven or eight stages, and the programme offers something for everyone - from rock to electronic, to more mainstream international acts and local talent. The line-up for 2014 features some big names as well as emerging ones, including Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Blur, The 1975, Snoop Dog (aka Snoop Lion), The Algorithm and Ghost. Established in the early 1990s, this event has become an Aussie national tradition.

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  • Subodh Gupta

    This is a major mid-career exhibition of New Delhi-based artist Subodh Gupta, and is spread across two buildings: the ornate Jaipur House - for paintings and small-scale sculptures - and the modern glass extension. Gupta's sculptures are made from everyday objects and utensils that are ubiquitous in India, like the steel tiffin boxes used by millions to carry their lunch, along with milk pails, thali pans, even bicycles. By incorporating these objects into his work, Gupta refects on the transformation of his homeland.

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  • Salzburg Mozart Week

    Mozart fans gather every January at the time of the composer's birthday in Salzburg, his birthplace. Hosted by the Mozarteum Foundation, Mozart week features a programme of opera performances and orchestral, chamber and soloist concerts. First held in 1956, the week is widely acclaimed and attracts world-renowned ensembles and Mozart interpreters. The 2014 performances will include Orfeo ed Euridice, conducted by Marc Minkowski, with countertenor Bejun Mehta partnered by Camilla Tilling as Euridice, with choruses by the Salzburg Bach Choir. There will also be three concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic. Films, round-table discussions and lectures complete the programme.

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  • Laneways Singapore

    Known simply as the Laneways, this festival started from modest beginnings in 2004 in Australia - at St Jerome's Bar on Melbourne's Caledonian Lane - where new bands would play on Sunday afternoons. From its back-alley roots, the festival has fast developed into a huge, touring event, featuring international acts as well as local talent. It launched in Singapore in 2011 at Canning Park, and although it poured with rain throughout (and was jokingly described by some as "Rainway"), it was a resounding success, attracting crowds from all over Asia. In 2014 the festival will take place in the Meadow at Gardens by the Bay.

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  • Cosquin Folk Festival

    Taking place in the Punilla Valley in Cordoba Province, this folk fest is also known as the Cosquin Nine Moons and has become the largest annual folk event in the country and the most important in Latin America. It will celebrate its 54th edition in January and February. Included in the programme is a festival of song, folk dance performances, bonfires by the river around which late-night revellers gather, and courses and workshops for children and adults. The 'Pre Cosquin' takes place from January 6th to 20th across Argentina, with performances by poets, street artists and a crafts fair, involving more than 150 artisans from all over the country.

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  • India Art Fair Grosvenor

    Founded in 2008, the India Art Fair has become a big draw in the international art world, and a platform for New Delhi as an artistic centre, too. This is the sixth edition, and so far the fair has shown in more than 300 galleries, including the Grosvenor Gallery, seen here. The fair has exhibited the work of around 3,000 artists so far. The 2014 schedule is extensive - with the Speakers' Forum a highlight. Other attractions include art projects, art book-store events, curated walks and thematic eateries.

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