Summer is nigh, and we’ve got you covered with a list of the hottest and most happening events around the world.


Celebrate the summer with music, arts, fashion and food at We The Fest. One of the headline acts appearing at the annual Jakarta event this year is hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, best known for their hit song Black Beatles that achieved fame on the Internet as the backing track for Mannequin Challenge videos. Also performing are Grammy-winning R&B artist Daniel Caesar, breakout singer and rapper 6LACK, Dutch future bass DJ Han Solo, rising house music artist Yaeji and Canadian indie pop band Alvvays. With local Indonesian acts such as Dewa 19, Tulus and .Feast, music fans will be in for a good time.

  • When: 19 – 21 July
  • Where: Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Catch 12 days and nights of outstanding international films as the 66th Sydney Film Festival takes place this month. Visitors can look forward to film premieres with red carpet openings, in-depth discussions, parties and more than 250 films from across the globe. Films include documentaries such as The Final Quarter, which documents the career of indigenous Australian rules footballer Adam Goodes, and Amazing Grace, which celebrates the life of iconic singer Aretha Franklin. Check out other feature films at the festival such as sci-fi thriller High Life and modern film noir title The Wedding Guest.

  • When: 5 – 16 June
  • Where: Participating venues across Sydney, Australia


This month, the Kuala Lumpur City Opera will present Giuseppe Verdi’s much-loved La Traviata at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. The three-act opera, which premiered in Venice in 1853, tells the story of Violetta Valéry, a Parisian courtesan with a life-threatening illness who falls in love with the young bourgeois Alfredo Germont but is forced to break their relationship by his father, Giorgio Germont. This production will feature a double cast for the leading roles of Violetta, Alfredo and Giorgio, played by sopranos Ang Mei Foong and Joyce Khoo, tenors Tan Chee Shen and Yap Jin Hin, and bass-baritone Aw Yeow Hoay and baritone Martin Ng, respectively.

  • When: 27 – 30 June
  • Where: Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Credit: Ben Hopper


The upcoming Manchester International Festival is a platform that showcases the newest original works and special events across a wide spectrum that includes performing arts, visual arts and popular culture. Premiering during the festival is TREE, a work by Idris Elba and Kwame-Kwei Armah that combines drama, music and dance in a contemporary South African setting. The festival also sees the world premiere of Invisible Cities, inspired by the 1972 novel of the same name about the exchanges between emperor Kublai Khan and the explorer Marco Polo. Swing by Albert Square to explore the Festival Square and savour delicious food and drinks, including at Supper Club events, as well as enjoy live music and performances.

  • When: 4 – 21 July
  • Where: Multiple participating venues across Manchester, England, U.K.


Penang’s highly anticipated annual arts festival, the George Town Festival, is back to celebrate its grand 10th anniversary next month. Carrying the theme ‘A Festival For Everyone’, the event will showcase 16 days of visual art, theatre, music, dance, film and photography to encourage the development of the arts among local talent. The festival is being made more accessible to the public than ever, with free admission to about 70 percent of events. Catch the brilliant light display and colourful performances at the opening ceremony on the first weekend or the plethora of stage acts at the grand closing ceremony on the final night.

  • When: 13 – 28 July
  • Where: Multiple venues across George Town, Penang, Malaysia