The annual London Craft Week is a spectacular showcase of design, fashion, art and luxury, presented by everyone from celebrated masters and famous brands to emerging makers and independent artists. Spanning various venues throughout the city, the event highlights the best of international and British creativity and craftsmanship. Explore acclaimed museums and galleries such as the V&A and the British Museum, catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of famous brands, or nip into hidden studios and bustling workshops to meet the festival’s artists, engineers, makers and creators.
- When: 9-13 May
- Where: Various venues around London, UK
Lights, Fire, Music
Arcadia London marks its 10th anniversary by taking visitors on a grand journey of music and theatre, paired with robotics, pyrotechnics and biomechanics. British electronic music giants, the likes of Rudimental, Leftfield and Groove Armada, will perform against a backdrop of the event’s iconic centrepiece – the fire-belching Spider. The gigantic installation was built from over 50 tonnes of recycled military hardware and runs on recycled vegetable oil. Other highlights include the immersive Metamorphosis Show, which features aerial performances and mini spiders on zip wires above the crowd, as well as Lightning, where performance artists synchronise lightning bolts from Tesla coils to musical notes. A food village on site is where visitors will find all sorts of delicious food on offer.
- When: 5-6 May
- Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, UK
A tradition spanning thousands of years, the Yeon Deung Hoe Lantern Festival is celebrated in Seoul to mark Buddha’s birthday and express wishes for the world’s happiness and well-being. Come night, temples around the city become awash with a soft glow, emanating from thousands of beautiful lanterns in different colours, shapes and sizes. Join the grand procession in front of Jongno Street as it makes its way from Dongdaemun Gate to Jogyesa Temple, as thousands of participants each carry a lantern to represent enlightenment, in accordance to Buddhist belief. Then, enjoy traditional folk performances, learn lantern-making and partake in temple food tastings, before the event culminates in wish lanterns being released into the sky.
- When: 11-13 May
- Where: Jongno Street, Jogyesa Temple, various venues around Seoul, South Korea
All Things Creative
Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, returns to transform the city into a colourful, creative canvas. There are three parts to the festival. The first, Vivid Light, aims to create the world’s largest outdoor ‘art gallery’ through innovative installations and light projections in public and urban spaces. Next is Vivid Music, featuring local and international musicians taking to the stage at the iconic Sydney Opera House, as well as smaller venues and bars. Last but not least, Vivid Ideas brings together leading creative thinkers to debate and exchange ideas, and offer insights to the public on technology, start-up culture, design, architecture, film and more.
- When: 25 May-16 June
- Where: Various venues around Sydney, Australia