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August 18, 2017
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This year in Europe

French connection

France’s edgy arts city of Marseille has been named a European Capital of Culture for 2013.

Gather round

Ireland hosts the massive get-together known as The Gathering. More than 2000 events, some already underway, are calling home the 70 million or so people worldwide believed to have roots in the Emerald Isle.

Opera fans rejoice!

Bicentenary celebrations for both Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi will be staged all year, with the most extravagant being in Bayreuth (wagneropera.net/Bayreuth), Germany, at Milan's Teatro alla Scala (teatroallascala.org) and in Verona and Parma.

Pablo in pictures

April 8 marked the 40th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s death. The Picasso Museum in Málaga (museopicassomalaga.org), the artist’s birthplace, showcases his long-reaching influence, October 27 to February 2014. Barcelona's Museu Picasso (museupicasso.bcn.cat) is mounting an extensive exhibit of his self-portraits, May 31 to September 1.

Mr Darcy on demand

There’s no better place to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice than in Bath at the Jane Austen Festival September 13 to 21. Or if you’re in the southwest of England sooner, plan to attend the Netherfield Ball on June 22 at Guildhall. janeausten.co.uk.

Slovakia's second city

Europe's other Capital of culture, Košice, is a perfect base to explore Eastern Europe’s architectural periods — from the medieval to Art Nouveau. The city is in the limelight this year, but the town’s historic centre and pedestrian main street lined with cafés, shops and palaces stays true to its laidback Eastern feel. kosice2013.sk.

Let’s move on, shall we?

You’d think no one would tout the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France. But this year, expect 10 new towns and gruelling circuits around the famed Alpe-d’Huez. Plus cyclists will start in Corsica. Also new this year: one less doped out athlete. Just one, though. June 29 to July 21. letour.com.

Britten’s opus

From Budapest to Vienna to Torino to London’s Royal College of Music… everyone is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of mid-20th-century British composer Benjamin Britten, known for his operas and choral music. britten100.org.

La Môme Piaf

Who can forget their first time? They heard Édith Piaf, that is. October 11 marks the 50th anniversary of her death, but before you break out into your own discordant version of “Non, je ne regrette rien,” plan a tour of Piaf’s hometown of Paris for October, when there’ll be plenty of spontaneous tributes.

Searching for Cinderella

For the 200th anniversary of the publication of the first book of Grimm Brothers fairy tales, wake up your imagination on a road trip along Germany’s 600-kilometre Fairy Tale Route that starts in Hanau and goes to Bremen. www.germany.travel.

Venice is so passé

The Istanbul Biennial 
truly holds its own alongside those held in Venice, São Paulo and Sydney as one of the world's best contemporary art showcases. September 14 to November 10. bienal.iksv.org/en.

I canal, can u?

It’s the 400th birthday of the renowned canal ring in Amsterdam which is, not surprisingly, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (what isn’t in Europe?). Watch for many events. iamsterdam.com.

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