Lonely Planet Writer

Soccer museum to Oscar mania: weekend events

On Monday, people around the world will be marking the extra day provided by the leap year, but until then, there are a variety of events happening around the world this weekend. The Adelaide Festival of Arts starts in Australia, The Fifa World Football Museum opens in Switzerland, the Dublin International Film Festival continues and the Academy Awards will be aired on Sunday.

Adelaide by night.
Adelaide by night. Image by creolumen / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Adelaide Festival of Arts kicks off on 26 February and will run until 14 March. The Australian festival, which has run for more than 50 years, brings together a huge and eclectic mix of music, theatre, dance, visual arts and more. The festival coincides with Adelaide Writer’s Week, Australia’s largest and oldest literary festival, from 27 Festival to 3 March.

For more information see here.

The Fifa World Cup trophy.
The Fifa World Cup trophy. Image by Warren Rohner / CC BY-SA 2.0

The new Fifa World Football Museum is set to open this weekend in Zurich. According to the museum, it “preserves and showcases some of the most exciting artefacts in world football’s rich heritage”. The project cost more than 140 million Swiss francs ($140 million USD) and was the project of the controversial former chief of Fifa, Sepp Blatter. It will open on Sunday 28 February at noon.

For more information see here.

Dublin's O'Connell Street.
Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Image by William Murphy / CC BY-SA 2.0

This weekend is the last for the Dublin International Film Festival, held in Ireland’s capital. The event began on 18 February and runs until the 28th. The city-wide event features a variety of international films at theatres throughout the city, including the Irish Film Institute and the Light House Cinema.

For more information see here.

Oscar.
Oscar. Image by Davidlohr Bueso / CC BY 2.0

The 88th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday in Los Angeles. Though most people will not be able to travel there to enjoy the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, viewers around the world can watch the ceremony from the comfort of their own homes. This year’s nominees for Best Picture showcased many amazing filming locations (future travel destinations): the North American wilderness featured in The Revenant, the Irish and New York sights featured in Brooklyn, the sparse beauty of Namibia featured in Mad Max and more.

For more information see here.