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.
When you grow up in a town where the big names in music almost never come, you might want to change that. That’s exactly what Ithaca-natives X Ambassadors are doing. On September 22 & 23, 2017, the small town is being bombarded with eclectic, cutting edge, and daring musicians from all over the world including: The Roots, K.Flay, The Knocks, and Tei Shi. These groundbreaking bands will share the spotlight for the first ever Cayuga Sound Festival.
The main event for the Cayuga Sound Festival happens on Saturday, September 23 at Stewart Park in Ithaca. General Admission Tickets are $59.50 and VIP tickets are $209.50. Children 5 and under are free.
Doors open at 11am, and the music begins at noon. Bands will play throughout the day on two stages situated right next to each other – the Main Stage and the Lake Stage.
- 12:00-12:30pm Imperials – Lake Stage
- 12:30-1:00pm Stone Cold Miracle – Main Stage
- 1:00-1:30pm Izzy True – Lake Stage
- 1:30-2:10pm Jukebox the Ghost – Main Stage
- 2:10-2:40pm Sammus – Lake Stage
- 2:40-3:20pm Margaret Glaspy – Main Stage
- 3:20-3:50pm Crush Club – Lake Stage
- 3:50-4:35pm The Knocks – Main Stage
- 4:35-5:10pm Savoir Adore – Lake Stage
- 5:10-5:55pm K.Flay – Main Stage
- 5:55-6:40pm Tei Shi – Lake Stage
- 6:40-8:00pm X Ambassadors – Main Stage
- 8:25-10:00pm The Roots – Main Stage
Food will be available for an additional price – highlighting chefs and local food from across the region. Gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan food options will be available. The official brew of the festival is Ithaca Beer’s Cayuga Sounder IPA, which will be available for purchase for those 21 and up. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.
What’s Allowed at Cayuga Sound Festival
- Empty, reusable, and sealed water bottles are permitted into the festival. There will be filtered drinking water throughout the festival to refill bottles.
- No outside food, drink, or coolers allowed.
- Blankets, collapsible lawn chairs, and umbrellas are permitted.
- Sunscreen and/or rain gear is suggested.
- Polaroid, cell phone, and point and shoot digital cameras will be permitted.
- Professional photographers with SLR cameras with detachable lenses must get prior approval.
- Pets (except for documented service animals), fireworks, glass containers, explosives, weapons, and illegal substances are prohibited.
Cayuga Sound’s VIP Experience
The VIP experience includes some serious swag for an extra $150.
The first VIP bonus is an exclusive dinner the night before the festival at Ithaca Beer, with an acoustic performance by X Ambassadors, and admission to Friday night shows at the The Haunt and The Dock. It also includes a festival t-shirt and a limited edition tote bag with Ithaca merchandise.
On the day of the festival, VIP ticket holders will have a VIP bar and viewing area, VIP reserved parking, and bathrooms, plus a private entrance lane for quicker entrance.
Separate from Saturday’s big festival, Cayuga Sound will host two parties in town on Friday, September 22, 2017.
The Dock will host the Official Cayuga Sound Festival Pre-party with some of Ithaca’s most exciting local talent including Namarah, The Miserable Genius, No Comply, Tender Crunch, and Beau Mahadev.
The Haunt will also host an Official Cayuga Sound Pre-Party featuring Jukebox the Ghost, The Blind Spots, and Mail the Horse.
Tickets for both official, pre-parties must be purchased separately from the general admission festival tickets. VIP ticket holders have access to both parties.
And, over at the Ithaca Marriott Downtown, those holding a festival ticket or valid student ID can attend a Cayuga Sound Talk Series with two talks. Live Music and Its Impact on the World runs from 10:30-11:30am. From Ithaca to the Billboard Charts – The X Ambassadors Story runs from 12-1pm. Seating is limited and only available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Stewart Park is located at 1 James L Gibbs Drive, Ithaca, NY.
- Rain or shine event.
- Parking at the local high school will be available with shuttle service to the festival grounds, or ticket holders can bike or walk a waterfront trail from lots near The Haunt and The Ithaca Farmers Market.
- Hotels for Hope is the official hotel partner for the festival, and $2 from every, actualized room night is donated to nonprofits impacting, and improving, the lives of children worldwide.
- Other accommodations can be found at Visit Ithaca.
- Official hashtag is #CayugaSound.