2011 Fringe Festival in Prague

Edinburgh isn’t the only city to host a Fringe Festival dedicated to comedy, theatre, music and dance.  Praha (Prague) also holds a nine-day Fringe Festival which this year will start on 27th May and finish on 4th June 2011.  Events will take place in nine venues in the beautiful Mala Strana area of the city.

Over the past 10 years Fringe Festival Praha has hosted works by local, national and many international companies who fly in annually for the event.  Most shows are very visual, some are in English, some in Czech, most last for an hour, and all are designed to entertain, delight and, at times, even challenge.

For more information visit Fringe Festival Praha.

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Diaghilev & The Golden Age of the Ballet Russes 1909-1929

Serge Diaghilev and Igor Stravinsky
Serge Diaghilev & Igor Stravinsky

I was excited to hear that this week on the 25th of September an exhibition on Serge Pavlovich Diaghilev (1872-1929), Серге́й Па́влович Дя́гилев, Serge de Diaghileff, Sergey Dyaguileff and the Ballet Russes will open at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

The man was known as a dictator, devil, charlatan, sorcerer, charmer, and it was this unique character and driving ambition which caused a ferment in European culture.  Diaghilev’s greatest achievement was his dance company – the Ballets Russes. Created a century ago, the productions of the Ballets Russes revolutionised early 20th-century arts.

He left few personal possessions, but offers all of us an astonishing legacy of music, dance and art.  I for one shall be booking tickets imminently!

The exhibition runs from 25 September 2010 – 9 January 2011

Adult tickets are priced at £10, concessions are available

To find out more visit www.vam.ac.uk

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Tallinn August DanceFestival Schedule

The August DanceFestival is a contemporary performing art festival introducing new generation of performing arts artists from the World to the Baltic region and serves as a meeting point and common ground for artists. Since 2004 every second year the festival has been devoted to emerging young artist and their work.

The first August DanceFestival was held in 1999 in Tallinn, but it is a continuation of summer festival idea started in 1996 in Pärnu, Estonia. The festival will take place mainly at the Kanuti Gildi SAAL, but other venues are used as well. Kanuti Gildi SAAL is Estonian’s first production and event house devoted exclusively to the genre of contemporary dance and art and situated in the centre of Tallinn Old Town.

Check out the line-up below:

14.08 /SAT./ 20:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL
HOOMAN SHARIFI /NOR/: “Lingering of an earlier event”

16.08 /MON./ 17:00 Freedom Square (site-specific / free)
MIHKEL ERNITS /EST/: “Bodysnatchers”

16.08 /MON./ 20:00 Theatre NO99

17.08 /MON./ 20:00 Theatre NO99
P.A.R.T.S. /BEL/: personal work

19.08 /THU./ 20:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL
LIIS ILULA /EST/ “älis mnimedemaal”
ELE VISKUS /EST/ “Taidlusrühm Rähn”
HENRY HÜTT /EST/ “The Reader”

21.08 /SAT./ 17:00 Lindakivi Cultural Centre Square (site-specific / free)
MIHKEL ERNITS /EST/: “Bodysnatchers”

23.08 /MON./ 20:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL

24.08 /TUE./ 18:00 Tammsaare Park (site-specific / free)

25.08 /WED./ 18:00 Cinema Sõprus Square (site-specific / free)

25.08 /WED./ 20:00 Von Krahl Theatre
VAVA STEFANESCU /ROM/: “Quartet for a microphone”

26.08 /THU./ 20:00 Von Krahl Theatre
VAVA STEFANESCU /ROM/: “Quartet for a microphone”

27.08 /FRI./ 20:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL

28.08 /SAT./ 20:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL

For more information visit www.saal.ee

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Papaya Club in Croatia Hosts 5 Dance Music Festivals this Summer

Papaya Club, Croatia’s most exciting dance music venue, will host Godskitchen, Nokia Day and Night, Afterbeach, Greenbeat and EXITed festivals this summer.  Papaya is situated on the famous Zrce beach on the island of Pag and is possibly the most exciting place to catch superstar DJs, ranging from Deadmau5 to Tiesto to Calvin Harris, in a club many describe as the best open air venue in Europe.

Papaya is situated on the Island of Pag, 5 minutes away from the popular tourist town of Novalja and 50 miles distance to nearest Zadar Airport.  Since its opening in 2002, the club has continued to offer discerning clubbers sunshine, blue seas, VIP treatment and an unspoilt location – all at an affordable price.

Papaya Club Croatia

The club is open from 10am to 7am every day during the summer season, but highlights this year include its five key festivals:
1st-7th July: EXITed (featuring Sven Vath, Gramophonedzie)
14th -17th July: Nokia Day and Night (featuring Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris)
29th – 31st July: Afterbeach (featuring David Morales and Shapeshifters)
11th -13th August: Godskitchen (featuring Swedish House Mafia and Gareth Emery)
14th August: Deadmau5 at Papaya (his first Croatian show to date)
18th – 21st August: Greenbeat (featuring Tiesto and Markus Shulz)

Papaya: www.papaya.com.hr

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It Takes Krakow to Tango

This week Poland’s capital of culture will welcome the second edition of its Tango festival.  This year, the Krakow Tango Festival will celebrate the Argentine dance with a series of threes: three nights of dancing, three days of workshops and three master pairs from Buenos Aires.  The dance originated from the slums and docks in Argentina’s capital in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Getting underway on 30 April and running until 2 May, the Krakowski Festiwal Tanga will take place in Krakow’s beautiful Old Town.  Tickets for the festival are on sale now and you can find out more at www.festiwal.tangokrakow.com/index_en.php

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