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Jul. 21

Verbier Festival Begins

Classical music fans will take delight at this two-week celebration of the genre. A series of concerts takes place in this aesthetic Alpine retreat, while the joined Fest’off activities aim to bring audiences together via exhibitions, workshops and chess tournaments. Until 7 August.

Aug. 01

Last Month of Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction

Take a giant leap into this “genre-defining” exhibition at the Barbican showcasing all manner of space-related items, from galactic artwork to Star Trek spacesuits. Ends 1 September.

Aug. 02

Opening of the Locarno Festival

A Swiss town at the foot of the Alps embraces film for ten days. The revered festival – celebrating its 70th edition – boasts a huge screen showing movies to more than 8,000 people in Piazza Grande. Until 12 August.

Aug. 02

Restaurant Mirazur’s Collaborative Dinner

For one night only, two-Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco welcomes the White Rabbit’s head meal-maker Vladimir Mukhin to cook with him at the world’s fourth-best restaurant, Mirazur. Cote d’Azur-flecked classics will meet Moscow mainstays.

Aug. 03

Sydney International Boat Show

Some surprises are promised for the show’s 50th anniversary. Showcasing an assemblage of vessels and other marine-based fare at the International Convention Centre and Cockle Bay Marina in Darling Harbour, the show runs until 7 August.

Aug. 03

Melbourne International Film Festival Opens

This three-week extravaganza in honour of the silver screen is a mainstay of the southern hemisphere’s film festival calendar. The event doles out a selection of best film gongs and the coveted short film awards – the latter are accredited by the Academy. Until 20 August.

Aug. 04

Yokohama Triennale Starts

Japan’s biggest art exhibition returns with the key themes of connectivity and isolation, and a look at how art can highlight these disparate concepts. Exhibited work comes from Ragnar Kjartansson, Yukinori Yanagi, Ai Weiwei and many others. At various venues until 5 November.

Aug. 16

Palio de Siena

This biannual equestrian event – the first edition is held each July – sees ten bareback riders race haphazardly around Siena’s medieval Piazza del Campo and celebrates the Assumption of Mary. Get there on time though: it usually lasts no longer than 90 seconds.

Aug. 17

Start of Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad

World ranking points are on offer at this esteemed equine event, which takes place amid the rugged Alpine mise en scène of Gstaad. Ends 20 August.

Aug. 18

Singapore Night Festival 10th Edition

The iconic – and luminous – festival is back, with organisers promising a return of previous crowd favourites within the multitude of light installations. Performance nights run from 24 to 26 August, the concluding night.

Aug. 20

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

A golf links is the setting – more accurately the astonishingly scenic 18th hole at California's Pebble Beach – but it’s all about the tyres not the tee-offs. The most elegant collector vehicles get recognition throughout the prestige, while the Concours has a noteworthy charitable cachet.

Aug. 21

St. Regis Astana Opens Its Doors

Ahead of the Expo 2017, the Kazakh metropolis celebrates the hotly awaited unveiling of this 120-key newcomer in the city’s Central Park, a sophisticated urban bolthole that comprises a cognac bar, wine vault and elegant all-day restaurant.

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