October 4–22 MELBOURNE FESTIVAL
This leading international arts festival in Australia packs in more than 65 dance, theatre, music, visual arts and multimedia performances. The highlight is “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” by artiste Taylor Mac. Also in the programme are visual artist Olafur Eliasson, musician Jamie xx and the Paris Opera Ballet.
October 20–23 ART TAIPEI
This visual spectacle features collections of fine art from across Northeast and Southeast Asia by homegrown and international collectors. Last year’s edition drew some 30,000 visitors, as well as veteran collectors Takahashi Ryutaro and Daisuke Miyatsu from Japan, Chen-Yu Chang and Leo Shih from Taiwan, Stephanie Britton and Vanessa Guo.
October 25–November 3 TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
One of Japan’s most glamorous gatherings marks its 30th this year. More than 1,500 films from 98 countries and regions were received for last year’s instalment, with 16 selected for screening and Germany’s entry, The Bloom
of Yesterday, directed by Chris Kraus, taking home the Tokyo Grand Prix.