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Leeds International Film Festival
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Leeds International Film Festival
Opens: 05/11/2014 Closes: 20/11/2014 Various venues, Leeds
The largest UK film festival outside London returns this November with a host of premieres, retrospectives and cult films. Festival opener is James Kent's Testament of Youth, adapted from Vera Britain's devastating WW1 memoir and featuring Dominic West; Alejandro González Iñárritu's new black comedy Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) starring Michael Keaton as a has-been superhero actor closes proceedings. Other highlights include Nuri Bilge Ceylan's much praised Winter Sleep, Kevin Smith's Tusk (with Q&A), and Andrey Zvyagintsev's Cannes award-winner Leviathan.
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London Literature Festival
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London Literature Festival
Opens: 30/09/2014 Closes: 13/10/2014 Southbank Centre, London
Activism and freedom provide thematic direction for this major event in its eighth year. Martin Parr will give a visual lecture, Slajov Zizek (naturally) is present with a talk on Western liberty, and Hilary Mantel introduces her new shorts collection, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher. Nightly poetry events feature John Cooper Clarke and a performance by the prize-winning British poet Alice Oswald that starts in complete darkness and lasts for 46 minutes. Book early.
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Open House 2014
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Open House 2014
Opens: 20/09/2014 Closes: 21/09/2014 Various venues
The Farringdon Crossrail construction site, Channel 4 HQ and a Victorian butcher's shop in Hornsey are among the ordinarily inaccessible buildings open for visitors over this weekend. In every London borough, they are all examples of great architecture. Remember, you'll need to book ahead for some sites.    
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It’s All About the River
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It’s All About the River
Opens: 12/09/2014 Closes: 12/10/2014 Various venues, Devon and Cornwall
Stately homes, dockyards and community halls along the Tamar host screenings and events that all explore the realm of the river. John Akomfrah premiers a film about the first African settlers in Britain, multimedia artist Uriel Orlow investigates the Tamar's mining history and mythology on 16mm, and films from Apocalypse Now to Alabama music doc Mussel Shoals screen in the open air.
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Festival No. 6
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Festival No. 6
Opens: 05/09/2014 Closes: 07/09/2014 Portmeirion, Wales
Kelis, Pet Shop BoysTune-YardsBeck and Martha Reeves are in Wales for this weekend, set in the ‘Mediterranean fantasy village' of Portmerion. Talks are on offer, featuring Zoe Pilger, 6 Music's Matt Everitt, as well as a Dylan Thomas tribute and Shane Meadows' new film.    
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Folkestone Triennial
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Folkestone Triennial
Opens: 30/08/2014 Closes: 02/11/2014 Folkestone, Kent
 

Following the infamous bronze by Cornelia Parker on the seafront, the artists in this year's triennial must create a piece under the title ‘lookout', taking off literally and metaphorically from the town's position staring out across the English Channel. The streets (and beaches) will play host to some 20 artists including Yoko Ono, Andy Goldsworthy, Emma Hart and Pablo Bronstein, many exploring architecture, infrastructure and making room for different perspectives. Expect dizzy heights and interactive performances.     

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Jabberwocky – CANCELLED
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Jabberwocky – CANCELLED
Opens: 15/08/2014 Closes: 16/08/2014 The ExCel Centre, London
London’s best summer showcase of leftfield and alternative (if the phrase still has any currency) music, ATP’s inaugural Jabberwocky takes place at ExCel Centre having originally been planned for the Olympic Park. Panda Bear, Amen Dunes and metalgazers Deafheaven are highlights on Friday; Jeff Mangum's reformed Neutral Milk Hotel headline with Kurt Vile on Saturday. 
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Edinburgh Art Festival
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Edinburgh Art Festival
Opens: 31/07/2014 Closes: 31/08/2014 Various venues
Independence debates and the Commonwealth Games give Scotland's world-class arts month a special zing this year. The city gathers an impressive visual arts programme here, with the big museums hosting Ming-dynasty Chinese decorative art, American Impressionist painting and the pick of the country's contemporary producers as part of Generation. the festival commissions look strong: Michelle Hannah enacts a ‘dystopian chanteuse' while a sibling trio investigate fandom at Talbot Rice Gallery. Don't miss an exuberant show from Jim Lambie and a new film about outer-space by Susan Hiller.
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Curious Arts Festival
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Curious Arts Festival
Opens: 18/07/2014 Closes: 20/07/2014 Pylewell Park, Hampshire
Punk heroine Viv Albertine speaks and wayward Booker winner DBC Pierre introduces a Hammer horror film at this two-year-old literature and music festival, from the organisers of Voewood. Fay Weldon, Nathan Filer and YBA Gavin Turk also appear; Ed Harcourt is among the musicians; one can engage in pursuits like running and printmaking and, in addition to children's events, there's lots of stuff relating to gin (Hendrick's are sponsors).
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Liverpool Biennial
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Liverpool Biennial
Opens: 05/07/2014 Closes: 26/10/2014 Various venues, Liverpool
Sally Tallant is joined by two high-flying international curators for the city's eighth biennial, Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman. Subtitled A Needle Walks into a Haystack (as one is apt to feel like at biennials) the focus is on habitats and surroundings. That means, among the many projects on show, architect Claude Parent at the Albert Docks, a party inspired by ancient Greek revelry, a dazzleship commission and Aztecs. Indeed.
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