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Calendar of festivals

Catch the Experimenta Make Sense exhibition (left) at the Melbourne Festival or visit Kincsem Park (above) in Budapest, Hungary, for an Oktoberfest with a twist.
Catch the Experimenta Make Sense exhibition (above) at the Melbourne Festival or visit Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary, for an Oktoberfest with a twist.PHOTO: MELBOURNE FESTIVAL
Catch the Experimenta Make Sense exhibition (left) at the Melbourne Festival or visit Kincsem Park (above) in Budapest, Hungary, for an Oktoberfest with a twist.
Catch the Experimenta Make Sense exhibition at the Melbourne Festival or visit Kincsem Park (above) in Budapest, Hungary, for an Oktoberfest with a twist.PHOTO: WWW.BUDAPESTBYLOCALS.COM

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Since 1986, the Melbourne Festival has enlivened the city's cultural community.

This year, it brings together artists and performers from Australia and all over the world for a 17-day festival.

The fields of dance, theatre, music, visual arts and multimedia are represented in dozens of free and outdoor events.

Productions include The Score, a visual and kinaesthetic interpretation of music; 7 Pleasures by Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen, an exploration of sensuality and pleasure through 12 dancers; and A 24-Decade History Of Popular Music, a performance of epic proportions by New York cabaret artist Taylor Mac, who will enact 240 years of American music history over four six-hour performances, accompanied by more than 100 local and international acts, including acrobats, burlesque artists, choirs and marching bands.

When: Oct 4 to 22

Info: www.festival.melbourne/2017


LONDON, ENGLAND

Every October, London's Regent's Park becomes a haven for art lovers.

Leading art fair Frieze London gathers more than 160 of the world's leading contemporary galleries for a showcase of some of the world's best contemporary art.

Staged by Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, publishers of frieze magazine, the festival's programme features dozens of art commissions, films, talks, lectures, music shows, installations and performance art pieces.

This year's highlights include the debut of British artist Georgina Starr's first novel Empress 66 99, with performative readings inside a sculptural installation, the theatrical films of French artist Pauline Curnier Jardin and a curated gallery dedicated to radical feminist practice.

Frieze Sculpture, London's largest free showcase of outdoor works, is also open for viewing in the park's English Gardens until Oct 8.

When: Oct 5 to 8

Info: www.frieze.com


BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

For Oktoberfest with a twist, head to Budapest, where beer lovers gather in Kincsem Park to indulge in 300 beers from the best craft breweries in Hungary, Bavaria and the Czechia over the four-day event.

In addition to beer, the festival offers horse racing, a programme of more than 50 concerts by Hungarian performers, bands and DJs, cultural and children's programmes and a 40m-tall Ferris wheel with fantastic views of the city.

Delicious German food, including roasted pork knuckle, grilled sausages, Bavarian pretzels, heart- shaped gingerbread and strudel, will also be available.

When: Oct 5 to 8

Info: www.budapestbylocals.com/event/oktoberfest-budapest


SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

Seoul International Dance Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Dance legends such as Akram Khan, Jeon Misook Dance Company, Russell Maliphant Company and Yasmeen Godder, to name a few, will unite in Seoul for three weeks of performances, workshops and collaborations.

The festival will also showcase Korean dance culture, from traditional to contemporary styles.

When: Oct 9 to 29

Info: www.sidance.org/2017_eng/main.php


MAHE, SEYCHELLES

For more than two centuries, the culture of the Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa, has developed from a mix of African, Asian and European cultures.

The annual Festival Kreol - the biggest and most important event of the Seychelles cultural calendar - is a celebration of this.

In its 32nd edition, Festival Kreol is a big, islandwide party and a week-long expression of colourful creole culture through music, dance, arts, craft and cuisine.

When: Oct 23 to 29

Info: www.seychelles.travel/en/events/events/event/93360-festival-kreol

Lydia Vasko

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 24, 2017, with the headline 'Calendar of festivals'. Print Edition | Subscribe