As dusk falls each day Sydney will be awash in a kaleidoscopic sea of light this week for the third edition of Vivid Sydney, the largest light and music festival in the Southern Hemisphere. In nearby Hong Kong, international collectors will have their eyes on Asia's thriving art scene at the 4th edition of Art HK.
4th ART HK 11 - Hong Kong International Art Fair
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Despite having just three editions under its belt, ART HK has quickly become one of the leading contemporary art fairs in Asia. The event attracts an interesting mix of international collectors, curators and museum directors who travel to the event to scope out the thriving Asian art scene. In 2011 ART HK will be host to more than 260 galleries from 38 countries. A strong lineup of Asian artists will complement a leading mix of high-calibre international galleries. Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach organizer, the MCH Group, recently purchased a majority ownership stake in Asian Art Fairs Ltd. and will convert ART HK into the Asian edition of its Art Basel brand over the next couple of years.
3rd Vivid Sydney
May 27 - June 13
Various locations around Sydney
Vivid Sydney, the largest light and music festival in the Southern Hemisphere, will illuminate Sydney with immersive light installations, projections, flashing sculptures, interactive light art, and music and DJ performances from local and international artists. Highlights include 3D lighting projections across the Sydney Opera House, the largest and most ambitious live fire show ever produced in Australia, and colorful architectural lighting on some of Sydney's most prominent buildings. Up to 400,000 people are expected to attend the diverse array of free and ticketed events.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
May 29 - October 31
Los Angeles, California, USA
This major retrospective explores the filmmaker's creative work as a director, artist and illustrator. Inspired by popular culture, fairy tales and gothic themes, the exhibition brings together over 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, puppets, concepts, costumes, and cinematic ephemera, including art from personal projects. Many of these objects come from the artist's own archive, as well as from studio archives and private collections of Burton's collaborators. The show was curated by the Museum of Modern Art.
14th Photo Espana
June 1 - July 24
Photo Espana is Europe's answer to Canada's CONTACT photography festival. This major international annual photography and visual arts festival attracted more than 700,000 visitors in 2010 and has become the most popular cultural event in Spain. The 14th edition of PHotoEspaÃ±a will be curated by Havana-based independent critic, curator and art historian Gerardo Mosquera.
54th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition
June 4 - November 27
The 54th International Art Exhibition will once again take place in Venice under the guise of the Venice Biennale. Since it was founded in 1895, the Venice Biennale has been synonymous with avant-garde and new artistic trends. For over 100 years it has promoted contemporary art through its organization of international events and has become one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. The International Art Exhibition is second only to Documenta -- an exhibition that takes place once every five years. A record 375,700 people visited the Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition in 2009.
11th OFFF International Festival for the Post Digital Creation Culture
Centre de Cultura ContemporÃ nia de Barcelona
After celebrating its 10th anniversary in Paris, the already sold-out OFFF festival is heading back to its home down of Barcelona to indulge participants in a multidisciplinary spectacle of visual culture. The festival's eventful three-day calendar includes more than 70 conferences, an artists market fair, a digital animation program, performances, talks, social networking chill-out areas and workshops for artists.
42nd Art Basel
Messe Basel, Messeplatz
Art Basel is heralded as the world's premier international art show for modern and contemporary art. Works from more than 2,500 artists -- from the great masters of modern art to fresh-faced contemporaries creating the trends of tomorrow -- will be shown at the 42st edition of Art Basel in 2011. 62,500 people attended Art 41 Basel. The American leg of the art fair, Art Basel Miami Beach is also one of the most keenly attended events on the international art calendar.
18th SÃ³nar Festival
Centre de Cultura ContemporÃ nia de Barcelona
An annual event since 1994, the SÃ³nar International Festival attracts nearly 80,000 participants for three days and nights of music and art events, with a special focus on electronic music and multimedia art. "By Day" events -- concerts, art shows, fairs, and demos -- take place at Barcelona's Center of Contemporary Culture and Museum of Contemporary Art. "By Night," the festivities move to the large Gran VÃa M2 venue. Set to perform this year are Underworld, Salem, A-Trak, Atmosphere, Hype Williams, and more. Tickets are â¬155.
11th Melbourne International Animation Festival
The eleventh edition of the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF11) is an eight-day festival showcasing some of the greatest animations created by artists around the world. MIAF is one of the largest animation festivals in the world. More than 400 films from over 30 countries will grace screens at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image during the festival. Entries in the MIAF are automatically considered for the UTS Sydney International Animation Festival, the London International Animation Festival, and Australia's smaller, regional touring festival, the Australian International Animation Festival.