From the debut of prestigious films to opera and comedy in Edinburgh, these are the top events in the arts you won’t want to miss this August.
8.1-8.18 | Melbourne International Film Festival Melbourne, Australia
This three-week festival features a selection of auteur, short, and feature films, alongside documentaries, aiming to bring international cinema to the forefront.
Over a thousand shows are put on during the month of August in Edinburgh as these two festivals take place simultaneously – the first featuring mostly classical music, as well as theater, opera, dance, and visual exhibitions. Meanwhile, the Fringe features comedy performances of all types.
8.9-18 | Kilkenny Arts Festival Kilkenny, Ireland
Ireland’s oldest multi-arts festival features music, theater, literature, dance, as well as visual arts and crafts. Classical music is at the festival’s core, but artists’ residencies and unique collaborations keep this festival vibrant.
8.16-9-1 | Helsinki Festival Helsinki, Finland
With the goal of making “art accessible for all”, this year’s line-up includes classical and world music, theater, dance, and circus. In 2018, over 236,000 visited this festival which also features visual arts, parties, and children’s events.
8.28-9.7 | The Venice Film Festival Venice, Italy
This year the Palazzo del Cinema di Venezia in Venice Lido lights up on August 28, as part of the Venice Biennale’s cultural contemporary art festival. Founded in 1932, the Venice International Film Festival is the world’s oldest film festival.
8.30-9.1 | Bumbershoot Seattle, United States
The annual international music and arts festival held in Seattle, Washington is one of North America’s largest, taking place in both indoor and outdoor venues at the Seattle Center. While much attention is paid to the large swath of popular music artists, the festival also features, comedy, literature, and visual art.