Lonely Planet Writer

Top 5 things to do across the world this weekend

From coffeecons to a photographic history of beach life, this weekend presents a truly eclectic mixture of events, as though the end of January were cause for some celebration. Here are our top 5 events of the weekend

Martin Parr's weird and whacky portrayals of different beach life around the world
Martin Parr’s weird and whacky portrayals of different beach life around the world Image by Martin Parr/Bondi Pavilion Gallery

Life’s a beach. Or so says the latest exhibition at the Bondi Pavilion Gallery, where British photographer Martin Parr will be exhibiting at life’s works depicting beach life at odds with that of surrounding Sydney. His hyper-saturated images are iconic and easily recogrnisable, capturing all the comical, familial, and sensual elements of life on beaches around the world. The exhibition opens on Sunday.

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3D images of North Korean workers form part of exhibition at the Pekin Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing
3D images of North Korean workers form part of exhibition at the Pekin Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing Image by Matjaz Tanic/Pekin Fine Arts

A new exhibition in Matjaz Tancicg gives an exclusive insight into life in North Korea. At the Pekin Art Gallery, the Beijing based Slovenian photographer got unprecedented access to North Korea, which he distilled in a 3D photography project called 3DPRK. Th work was apparently very hard to create the artist has admitted. Portraits and interviews with various fascinating normal North Koreans make up the chief subject. Exhibition is open until 20 February.

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The Winter Antiques Show, NYC
The Winter Antiques Show, NYC Image by Winter Antiques Show

The Winter Antiques Show will be hitting New York this weekend, complete with 73 stalls and a series of lectures and talks to make it a quintessentially Upper East Side experience. It’s the leadings antiques show in the whole US, so this is where you should be if bargains, surprise purchases, and faberget are your thing!

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Brownie competition in Barbados.
Brownie competition in Barbados. Image by jeffreyw / CC BY 2.0

Chefs and chocolate enthusiasts in Barbados are in for a sweet treat, as the Barbados Chocolate Festival kicks off Saturday, 30 January. Local and international chocolatiers and artisans from a variety of restaurants, bakeries, and patisseries will offer samples to festival guests and also conduct workshops and culinary demonstrations.

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Singapore imports Aussie cafe culture.
Singapore imports Aussie cafe culture. Image by Mike Poresky / CC BY 2.0

And if chocolate isn’t your thing, then maybe coffee is! LA is hosting its CoffeeCon on Saturday, complete with talks on the ‘Future of Coffee’ and ‘Which is brew is for you?’. Wake up early and get your shot of caffeine, as the one-day only event will be looking into the enjoyment of coffee, how to make it, how to brew it, as well as a curated selection of the finest and rarest brews.

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