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Five global events in December

December 1- Apr 22

Martin Parr: Return to Manchester 

Photographer Martin Parr began his career in Manchester in the early 1970s, regularly returning to explore its habits. A major new exhibition brings together a 40-year selection of his world-renowned images of the English city.

Manchester, UK.

December 4-9

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Art Basel Miami Beach

Miami has given itself over to contemporary art for one week every early December since 2002, swiftly becoming one of the coolest places to see the best new paintings, sculptures, digital art, photography and installation work. It’s America so it’s big – over 4,000 artists have their work here – and there’s a massive network of fringe events, DJ sets and parties across the city. There’s a large exhibition of work by Banksy promised, too – minus the shredders.

Miami, US.

December 5-7

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The AI Summit

With stories predicting robots taking over the world appearing almost daily, the AI Summit is a valuable corrective to exaggerated headlines, as well as a celebration of its benefits. Bringing together everyone from start-ups to tech giants under one roof, the programme of workshops and keynote speeches will undeniably shape the world in which we live.

New York, US.

December 8

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Les Mills Live

A cross between a rave and an immersive gym class, fitness com–pany Les Mills bring their high octane show The Trip, plus other workouts, to Dubai this month. It’s quite the spectacle; their live events see up to 6,000 people on exercise bikes in front of a cinema-scale screen, fully immersed in physical feats (and possibly, excruciating pain).

Dubai, UAE.

December 31

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New Year’s Eve

There are, of course, plenty of contenders for the top New Year’s Eve destination. Auckland is up there with the best, and not just because it’s among the first to see 2018 out. The incredible fireworks around the Sky Tower might be the focal point at midnight but the Wondergarden festival in the much-loved Silo Park is the place to spend all day.

Auckland, NZ.