Jul 20, 2017 | By Karen Chiang
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This month’s Top 10 list scoops the not-to-be-missed events in July, everything from Berlin’s slew of trade shows during Berlin Fashion Week to new lifestyle hotspots and culturally-tailored exhibitions around the globe.
-WGSN CxC team
BARCELONA: FESTIVAL EL GREC
July’s Grec festival is the main cultural event of the summer, celebrating stage arts for the last 38 years – and counting. Its name comes from the venue where the opening sessions take place – the Teatre Grec, or Greek Theatre – which is an open-air venue built for the 1929 Universal Exhibition.
Two of Berlin’s street fashion events, SEEK and BRIGHT, will unite this summer in a joint trade show that will bring the city’s best men’s street styles to the trendy neighbourhood of Kreuzberg from July 8 to 10.
HONG KONG: SHASHIN! Japanese Photography Then/Now
Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery, 5/F One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway / 852 2822 5566
When: June 26 – July 10 2015
Collective photography show displaying renowned Japanese artists from the 1960s to the present day, the most exciting one being Nobuyoshi Araki’s series on pre-handover Hong Kong in the summer of 1997.
LONDON: Pop Brixton
49 Brixton Station Road SW9 8PQ / 44 (0)20 7274 2902
Having earned a reputation as London’s edgy food destination and boasting rapid creative growth, Brixton boasts a new initiative: a unique, modern space created to help local innovation flourish: Pop Brixton. Pop Brixton is based on a sustainable business model, with the award winning Carl Turner Architects company behind its design specialising in creating low-cost, yet high-impact architecture. Enjoy a range of street food and drink here including Caribbean street food from Mama Jerk, Indian spiced burgers from Baba G’s, and Thai-style fried ice cream from Yumitub.
LOS ANGELES: Wanderlust Hollywood
1357 North Highland Avenue / 1 323 967 8855
The summer in LA kicks off with the opening of Wanderlust Hollywood – a place to do yoga, present film screenings and wine tasting all in one. The perfect place for the healthy fit lifestyle of Angelenos.
NEW YORK: The Rise of Sneaker Culture
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway / 1 718 638 5000
When: July 10 – October 4 2015
The exhibition, which includes approximately 150 pairs of sneakers, looks at the evolution of the sneaker from its beginnings to its current role as a status symbol and urban icon.
Institut du Monde Arabe, 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard 75005
When: Through July 26 2015
This show offers documentaries, film clips, vintage photographs and rare vinyl to show hip-hop culture while exploring its social/political value.
SAO PAULO: Velorama
Rua Groenlândia, 848, Jardim Europa
Velorama’s pillars are bicycles, music, fashion, good food, friends and fun. With a vibrant and young atmosphere this new cultural space offers unique events for those who want to have a pleasant time during the weekend and hang out among fixed gear lovers and local artists.
SHANGHAI: What‘s Left to Appear – Ding Yi
3398 Longteng Avenue / 86 (0)21 64227636
When: June 7 – July 26 2015
View contemporary artist Ding Yi’s works on post-socialist China including his signature motif – the cross – based on tartan with fluorescent colours.
TOKYO: Groovisions ‘First Light’
Eye of Gyre 3F, 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku / 81 (0)3 3406 3951
When: Through August 23 2015
Graphic design outfit Groovisions is synonymous with the late ’90s ‘Shibuya-kei’ subculture, but has remained a firm favourite in hip Tokyo circles ever since, going on to develop the graphic identity of high-end sweatshirt label Loopwheeler and the interior of Daikanyama’s Sign cafe. Marking the publication of a new art book titled ‘Groovisions Highlight’, this exhibition showcases a selection of everyday ‘tools’ rendered in Groovisions’ inimitable style, along with 3D versions of its much-loved ‘Chappie’ character and a video installation.
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