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Celebrate arts and culture with these not-to-be-missed events happening around the world.

Junichi Hirokami

Dramatic Symphonies

The Schubert Centennial Contest in 1928 awarded Swedish composer Kurt Atterberg USD10,000 for his winning 6th Symphony, earning it the nickname The Dollar Symphony. The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra will present this colourful piece under the direction of conductor Junichi Hirokami, along with the Russian-influenced Yasushi Akutagawa’s Triptyque. The concert will come to a close with Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s most popular works, the Peer Gynt suites, which feature the widely recognised Morning Mood and In The Hall Of The Mountain King.

  • When: 4 – 5 May
  • Where: Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Level Two, Tower Two, Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Credit: Dian P.Susilaradeya

Artistic Dialogue

The Singapore International Festival of Arts is back for its 42nd year, the second to be helmed by festival director Gaurav Kripalani. By creating a space to foster dialogue and further collaboration between local and international artists, the festival also serves as a platform for local talent to expand their artistic boundaries. With a long list of ground-breaking artists invited to perform and showcase their work, visitors can expect a unique creative journey through music, theatre, dance, storytelling, technology and everything in between.

  • When: 16 May – 2 June
  • Where: At nine participating venues across Singapore

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Celebrating Jazz

Enjoy 10 full days of jazz with more than 350 renowned and emerging artists at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. American contemporary jazz master Herbie Hancock will be one of the festival’s headliners, performing on the last two days of the event. Among the big names gracing the festival are Australian jazz star Vince Jones, piano virtuoso Billy Childs, vocalist Lisa Fischer with Grand Baton, as well as Gershwin Reimagined, a partnership between Laura Mvula, José James, Troy Miller and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing works by George Gershwin.

  • When: 31 May – 9 June
  • Where: Multiple participating venues across Melbourne, Australia
Credit: Brinkhoff Mogenburg

Equestrian Tale

Having graced theatres in the West End, Broadway and across the world, the award-winning stage production of Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel War Horse by the National Theatre of Great Britain has its next stop in Auckland. Catch this tale of adventure and survival of the extraordinary horse Joey and the young Albert as they struggle to reunite during the outbreak of World War One. Be enthralled by the life-sized horse puppets crafted by the South African Handspring Puppet Company, bringing Joey’s every breath and gallop to life on the stage.

  • When: 21 June – 9 July
  • Where: The Civic Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand