It started in 1999 in an empty airplane hangar. Now the world’s most northerly music showcase and industry festival has become an insider’s favourite. It’s not an Icelandic Coachella (although Björk and The Flaming Lips have performed here), but instead a site to fall in love with bands unknown – whilst discovering the side roster of art and fashion.
Reykjavik, Iceland. icelandairwaves.is
The ASEAN Summit
Held twice a year, this is the premier strategic forum for the economic, security and socio-cultural development of Southeast Asian countries and has been praised for enacting tangible change. As well as leaders of the 10 ASEAN nations, there will be attendance from leaders of Russia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and the US.
Listen to four exhilarating programmes featuring the critically acclaimed Trondheim Soloists, joined by nyckelharpa (a Swedish folk instrument) champion Emilia Amper and Hong Kong’s premier jazz guitarist Eugene Pao. The festival also showcases homegrown talents, who will share the stage with celebrated artists from Germany and Italy.
Hong Kong City Hall. musicussociety.org
World Architecture Festival
Watch as architects take to the stage to present their completed buildings and future projects live to a panel of internationally renowned judges and delegates from around the world. This often nail-biting programme centres around the awards, but there is also a lively programme of talks – this year including Sir David Adjaye OBE and Caroline Bos.
RAI Amsterdam, Netherlands. worldarchitecturefestival.com
Nov 29 – Dec 1
Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens
From what started with a small group of British expats at Dubai Exiles RFC, the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens has grown into one of the world’s premier Sevens Series events. Over 100,000 fans now attending the world’s largest rugby tournament, featuring the initial leg of the HSBC World Rugby Men’s and the second leg of the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series tournaments each year.
The Sevens Stadium, Dubai. UAE. dubairugby7s.com