50 events worth traveling to in 2022

Cherry blossom, Mount Yoshino, Japan

Throughout the month of April

Japan’s Instagram-busting cherry blossoms can be seen from many places during their spring bloom, but Mount Yoshino remains the most revered, and its popularity is hard to dispute. Arrive early (we’re talking 6am) to beat the crowds, then climb through the four sections, marveling at the some 30,000 trees lining the slopes and the pink and white carpets that wind their way across the hillsides.

Price: To free
Address: Mount Yoshino, Yoshinoyama, Yoshino-cho, Nara 639-3115
Website: yoshino-kankou.jp

Children’s Cultural Festival, Reykjavík, Iceland

April 5-10

Another reason to visit Reykjavík is this week-long celebration of creativity, where children and young people can get lost in activities organized in the city’s schools, museums, libraries and theatres. Participation is key to the festival and the program includes workshops in theatre, puppetry, music, dance, storytelling, film, visual arts and circus performances. Because why should adults get all the cool Nordic vibes?

Price: To free
Address: Venues across Reykjavík
Website: childrensculturefestival.is

Sonar Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

April 8-10

Barcelona’s reference for the cool festival is opening a new chapter in the Portuguese capital. Sónar Lisboa follows the same pattern, blending cutting-edge electronic music and visual art in separate day and night showcases, with some evenings all night long. The artists confirmed so far are a mix of progressive producers, DJs and musicians, including Charlotte de Witte, Honey Dijon, Thundercat, Nina Kraviz and Floating Points.

Price: £36.55 to £54.82 (overnight event ticket), £45.68 (one-day ticket only), £100.51 (two-day ticket), £228.42 (all-day ticket) day and night)
Address: Venues across Lisbon
Website: sonarlisboa.pt

The Reel store, Coventry, England

April (opening date to be confirmed)

As Coventry’s status as a city of culture in the UK comes to an end, the opening of the UK’s first permanent immersive digital art gallery will help cement its cultural legacy. Housed in the former offices of the Coventry Evening Telegraph, the 800m2 space will launch with a thoroughly innovative statement. Machine Memoirs: Space, by tech artist Refik Anadol, uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to display 360-degree digital renditions of NASA space photography.

Price: Ticket prices to be confirmed
Address: The Reel Store, Telegraph Hotel, Upper Well Street, Coventry, CV1
Website: coventry2021.com


Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature, Cornwall, England

May 6-14

This charming Cornish port town was the home of famous author Daphne du Maurier, who influenced this festival. As such, book readings, writing workshops and other literary activities take center stage, but the event is still great fun for non-bibliophiles, thanks to live music, exhibitions of art and pubs, restaurants and coastal walks near Fowey.

Price: Individually priced events
Address: Places around Fowey
Website: foweyfestival.com

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, Scotland

May 7-15

This expertly organized festival with 30 years under its belt selects theater and dance performances for children from all over the world. The resulting program features a variety of performances for all ages – from toddlers to teenagers – including cleverly presented shows for older audiences who aren’t shy about tackling tough issues. There are also free pop-up events around Edinburgh.

Price: Individually priced shows
Address: Places around Edinburgh
Website: imagine.org.uk/festival

Berlin Design Week, Germany

May 12-22

Unsurprisingly, Berlin’s annual design dive is a shrewd affair with an eye on current trends. Exhibitions, visits, open studios, parties and business speed dating are on the program, which will appeal to artists, creative people and anyone with a sense of aesthetics. But the event is more than just a visual feast, and will explore how design can address sustainability and societal challenges through its 2022 theme, “A Higher Purpose”.

Price: Individually priced events
Address: Venues around Berlin
Website: berlindesignweek.com

Dak’Art, The Biennale of Dakar, Senegal

May 19-June 21

One of Africa’s largest and most established biennials, Dak’Art focuses on contemporary art from across the continent, as well as international contributions. For its 14th edition, 59 artists and collectives will exhibit paintings, installations, photography, sculpture, textiles and audio. Also be sure to look for works from Dak’Art OFF – hundreds of unofficial exhibitions taking place across the city showcasing local talent.

Price: To free
Address: Former Palace of Justice, Dakar, Senegal
Website: biennaledakar.org

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