Whether you have business in mind or leisure, here's our roundup of events and festivals taking place around the world this October
Zoë Manzi, Editor, MO magazine, The Condé Nast Publications
'Tis the season of mist and mellow fruitfulness, at least if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere. And 2016 is rapidly speeding along – especially for the participants of the annual Tour of Hainan International Road Cycling Race, held from 22 to 30 October on Hainan Island, southern China.
If business is more your thing, then Guangzhou (pictured above) is the place to be this month. The Canton Fair, which kicks off on 15 October, will give you the lowdown on establishing business relationships in this part of the world. Over in Hong Kong, the China Sourcing Fair runs from 11 to 29 October at AsiaWorld-Expo and provides a broad range of topics, products and sourcing strategies for electronics and components, among other markets.
Meanwhile, gourmands, get ready! Prime yourselves to experience some of Asia’s most taste-tingling delicacies, cooked up by a selection of 30 of Malaysia’s most fabulous dining establishments during Kuala Lumpur’s Malaysia International Gourmet Festival, which runs for the whole of October.
Further sensory pleasure can be found in Macau, at its annual International Music Festival, from 1 to 30 October, where all genres of music from all corners of the world take their turn on the main stage. The theme this year is ‘Glorious 20. The Sinophone Rhapsodies’. I’m particularly looking forward to the grand opening performance of Puccini’s Turandot, a personal fave, and Voice from the Mongolian Steppe by the Morin Khuur Ensemble. Something for everyone, it would seem…
In Europe, it’s all about art. Munich holds its Long Night of Museums on 15 October, in which cultural centres throughout the city open from 7pm to 2am. Over in Paris, the FIAC (the International Contemporary Art Fair) takes place from 20 to 23 October, while in London the great and the good of the art world will be gathering in Regent’s Park for Frieze London, from 6 to 9 October.
If you happen to be in Boston from 22 to 23 October, don’t forget to stake your claim by the banks of the Charles River, at the world’s largest two-day rowing event, the Head of the Charles Regatta.