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Global arts and culture events: February 2014 preview

  • St Kilda Festival

    A free celebration of Australian music, the St Kilda Festival is held each February in Melbourne’s beach-front neighbourhood. The opening event, Yulakit Wilum Ngargee: People Place Gathering, is a celebration of indigenous arts with musical contributions from the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander community. Throughout the week, St Kilda’s bars, clubs, eateries and shops open their doors to the local musical talent. The festival culminates in the main event on 9 February – a huge celebration of music, with leading Australian artists and local talent. Find out more

  • Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal

    His iconic pictures have become part of our collective consciousness – and this major touring show has them all. Spanning the 1940s to the 1980s, this is the biggest Warhol show to tour Asia. Iconic works such as Campbell’s Soup (1961), Silver Liz (1963), Jackie (1964), Marilyn Monroe (1967) and Self-Portrait (1986) are all on show. Photography and ‘time capsules’ provide further insight into Warhol’s life, from his life in 1950s New York as an illustrator, to the Factory years in the 1960s, and his hundreds of commissions from wealthy stars and socialites in the 1970s and the 1980s. Find out more

  • Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs Dispersal

    A great visionary, Frank Lloyd Wright is rightly celebrated. His radical vision for the urbanisation of the American landscape – ‘Broadacre City’, as he called it – was a low-density development over a huge territory. The model of that plan is stunning and toured the country back in the 1930s. It is now on show at MoMA, along with the projects for skyscrapers. The exhibition shows how Wright was as much interested in the horizontal as the vertical city, and reveals how relevant his work remains to contemporary debates on urban concentration. Find out more

  • Berlin International Film Festival

    Also known as the Berlinale, this is a leading international event with a cosmopolitan, glamorous character. It is also said to have the largest public attendance of the world’s film festivals. Established in 1951, it is a significant date in the film-industry year and the city’s largest cultural event. A screening of Robert Wiene’s Expressionist silent-film classic The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, which has been digitally restored, will be a highlight of this year’s festival. The 1920 film’s idiosyncratic style has been hugely influential. Accompanying the film will be composer and multi-instrumentalist John Zorn who will play a new, specially commissioned work. Find out more

  • Sonar Reykjavik

    An international festival of “advanced music and new media art”, Sonar was first created in 1994 and held in Barcelona every June. Since 2002 the event has been spreading its wings to other cities around the world, including Buenos Aires, New York, Montreal, Tokyo, London and Hamburg. Sonar Reykjavik is an intimate affair in comparison to the main Barcelona event, with four stages and a total capacity of 3,500 guests. The Harpa concert hall is the main venue, and its underground car park will be transformed into a nightclub. There will be 15 international acts and around 30 Icelandic artists. Find out more

  • Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary 1926-1938

    The first show to focus completely on the surrealist years of René Magritte, this touring exhibition kicked off at MoMA in New York and travels to Houston then Chicago. The works shown here begin from 1926 – when the artist first expressed his aim to create art that would “challenge the real world” – then follows his route to Paris where he met surrealists such as Breton, Miro and Dali. The artist’s return to Brussels saw him develop further his detailed, hallucinatory paintings. The show concludes in 1938, just before the outbreak of war. Find out more

  • Animac International Film Festival

    A non-competitive festival that shows a selection of the world’s best animation, this event celebrates its 18th anniversary in 2014. The organisers say: “Going beyond the limits of traditional narrative, we look for visionaries who make independent and risky works that empower and bring the expressive potential of film further.” An interesting, innovative event for both industry insiders and members of the public. Find out more

  • Moussia

    Moussia Alves Pinto (1910-1986) was a modernist painter and socialite who hailed from pre-Bolshevik Crimea then settled in Brazil where she became well-known for her drawings, vivid paintings and bold sculptures. The exhibition of her work extends until the end of the year at the Pinacoteca, one of Brazil’s main museums, housed in the Jardim da Luz in downtown Sao Paulo. The oldest art museum in Sao Paulo, it was founded in 1905 and has since become one of the country’s most dynamic cultural institutions. Find out more

  • Marrakech Biennale

    Marrakech has been an epicentre of artistic activity for centuries. The Biennale, founded in 2004, celebrates this creative heritage, and aims to build bridges between cultures with exhibitions, conferences and interactive events. The fifth edition’s theme is ’where are we now?’, and it explores four disciplines: visual arts, cinema and video, literature and performing arts. There will also be fringe projects throughout the city. Find out more

  • FEST 2014

    Since 1971 Belgrade’s annual film festival has attracted stars including Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, along with well known directors Francis Ford Coppola and Sam Peckinpah. Despite disruption to the festival in the turbulent 1990s, it is now back on track and attracting big crowds – in 2007 the event was opened by Catherine Deneuve and nearly 100,000 tickets were sold. Find out more