When: Artist and Activist Ai Wei Wei’s S.A.C.R.E.D. is a shocking portrait of his life in a Chinese prison. On display in Cuenca Cathedral, the installation consists of six iron boxes showing in painstaking detail how he spent his 81 days behind bars, giving viewers a literal look at his solitary detention.
Locarno Film Festival
Where: Locarno, Switzerland When: Aug 3-13
The Locarno Film Festival is one of the oldest in Europe. Described as avant-garde festival, political, poetic, visionary and nonconformist – it gives space to new directors and pays tribute to veteran filmmakers. More than 200 films will be screened with mainstream fare shown at a massive open-air cinema.
Wacken Open Air 2016
Where: Wacken, Germany When: Aug 4-6
Wacken Open Air is one of the largest heavy metal festivals in the world. Every year tens of thousands of metal fans descend on the small farming village in northern Germany. This year the line-up includes Blind Guardian, Ministry and Steel Panther.
Where: Lorient, France When: Aug 5-14
From Galicia to Scotland, the cream of Celtic music can be found at the Brittany seaport of Lorient at the Inter-Celtic Festival. Taking place over ten days, this year Australia is the guest of honor. (Euronews)