Light, Colours and Crowns

Great events abroad this month

Reader's Digest (India) - - Here & Now - BY AN­NEMARIE SCHAE­FER

Fes­ti­val of Lights: Ber­lin, Ger­many

Lights on! For twelve nights the Ger­man cap­i­tal’s land­marks such as the Cathe­dral (above), squares and streets glow gold, blue, red and yel­low. Be­sides the spec­tac­u­lar il­lu­mi­na­tions you may also get a glimpse be­hind the scenes of se­lected Ber­lin in­sti­tu­tions that oth­er­wise re­main closed. So off to Ber­lin from Oc­to­ber 9 to 20.

Coronation Cer­e­monies: Krem­lin Mu­seum, Moscow

Come and mar­vel at Rus­sian im­pe­rial re­galia and pre­cious coronation cos­tumes. Many of the pre­cious ob­jects are dis­played for the first time. The unique ex­hi­bi­tion will be open till Jan­uary 22, 2014.

Bi­en­nale: Venice, Italy

This is the hottest in­stal­la­tion of the pres­ti­gious art ex­hi­bi­tion. The “Colour Field” by Bo­li­vian So­nia Fal­cone is made of pep­per, chilly, curry and other spices from around the world. Un­til Novem­ber 24 you can find plenty more stun­ning works of con­tem­po­rary art in 88 na­tional pavil­ions.

The Relief of Lei­den: Nether­lands

On Oc­to­ber 2 and 3 it’s party time in Lei­den. The Dutch town com­mem­o­rates a cru­cial mo­ment in its his­tory—the relief from Span­ish siege in 1574. March­ing bands, a cos­tume pageant and fun­fair fes­ti­val are there for your en­ter­tain­ment. You may also try the food cit­i­zens en­joyed back then af­ter months of star­va­tion: her­ring, white bread and hutspot, a stew of car­rots, onions and meat.

Pi­lar Fes­ti­val: Zaragoza, Spain

The re­gional cap­i­tal of Aragón comes alive with pa­rades, mu­sic, con­certs and fire­works from Oc­to­ber 5 to 13 when it cel­e­brates its pa­tron saint, the Vir­gin of Pi­lar. Join in fla­menco danc­ing, or bet­ter still, learn to dance the jota, the folk dance na­tive to Aragón.

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