From Marrakech to Los Angeles, October is filled with annual events and long-awaited openings. Music, visual arts, history, politics, and even fashion are represented in this roundup of the month’s best festivals and exhibits across the globe. Whether you’re wanting or jet set or stay closer to home, here’s the serious cultural collateral that will get your brain – and your body – moving.
La Fiesta des Suds, Marseille, France (Oct 20-22)
If ever there was a cutting-edge international music festival, La Fiesta des Suds is it. The southern French city of Marseille hosts this four-day event at Docks des Suds, the famous music venue and nightclub located in a former warehouse. Diversity abounds among the super-hip lineup, which includes rap, reggae, funk, and soul, plus regional pop genres from Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Headliners include Syrian pop sensation Omar Souleyman, Afro-trap star MHD, and French hip hop duo Bigflo & Oli. Expect to party all night.
Halifax Pop Explosion (Oct 19-22)
Celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year, the annual Halifax Pop Explosion brings more than 150 artists, comedians, and speakers to various venues across the Canadian city. With a focus on new and innovative music from all over the world, even music aficionados are wowed by the new sounds they discover here. The concurrent HPX Music Conference caters to industry professionals and others who want to connect with musicians and executives over trends and networking.
Amsterdam Dance Event (Oct 19–22)
The Amsterdam Dance Event describes itself as the “biggest club festival in the world,” with 375,000 attendees and 2,200 performing artists. With performances taking place across the city in 120 different venues, this is one massive party. But ADE has a serious side, too; it also runs a professional conference for DJs, producers, and other industry pros. Whichever track you’re on, related exhibitions, documentary films, master classes, and artist talks are held throughout the daytime programming – if you’re awake for it, that is.
Dalí / Duchamp, Royal Academy of Arts, London (through January 3, 2018)
Two heavyweights of the art world, Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp were also good friends. Although their work was remarkably different, the pair bonded over a shared sense of humor and skepticism, which led each to challenge conventional thinking. Dalí / Duchamp brings together roughly 80 works total, including well known painting and sculptures as well as lesser known photographs and correspondence between the two artists. The result is a refreshing take on the work on each.
Pacific Standard Time, various locations, Southern California (through Jan 18)
Exploring identity throughout place and time, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA brings an extraordinarily broad range of artworks to museums, galleries, and performing arts centers throughout Southern California. This five-month-long collective exhibit primarily focuses on modern and contemporary art; however, a handful of shows also explore the ancient world, including pre-Columbian works and objects, 20th-century Afro-Brazilian art, and more. Inspired by the area’s historical and current demographics, the show implicitly aims to “raise complex and provocative issues about present-day relations throughout the Americas and the rapidly changing social and cultural fabric of Southern California.”
Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Paris and Marrakech (ongoing)
This month, two new museums dedicated to the revolutionary French fashion designer will open to the public. On October 3, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris opened in the building where Laurent worked for more than 30 years. Rotating exhibitions will show the house’s extensive collection. In Marrakech, a 40,000-square-foot building to open later this month will also house exhibitions dedicated to the designer’s oeuvre, as well as an auditorium and research library. Laurent famously fell in love with the North African city in 1966, and immediately bought a house there. Many of his collections were inspired by the place.