Europe Traveler's event picks, April 14-15
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: April 9, 2018
Bifici-Florence Bike Festival
Address: Parco delle Cascine, Florence
Dates: April 13-15
Cycling enthusiasts can check out the latest in gear and equipment. Workshops, shows and group rides also figure into the agenda. This year’s edition shines a spotlight on electric, or E-bikes. The “Race Village della De Rosa Granfondo Firenze” cycling race gets underway at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 15.
Blues Festival Basel
Address: Volkshaus, Basel, Switzerland
Dates: April 10-15
Blues, gospel, soul and related sounds are performed by top names including Five Blind Boys of Alabama, the guitarist Walter Trout, Sonny Landreth & Guests, Selwyn Birchwood, Maria Muldaur and others. A Blues Brunch with the All Star Blues Band takes place on Sunday, April 15.
Admission: Tickets start at 41.20 Swiss Francs.
Feria de Abril/ April Fair
Address: Calle Juan Belmonte, 38, 41011 Seville, Spain
Dates: April 15-22
Traditionally beginning two weeks after Semana Santa, this vast fair on Los Remedios offers a heady mix of drinking, dancing, eating and socializing running late into the night. At midday, high society parades around the fairgrounds in their fancy traditional dress, in carriages or on horseback. Later on, visitors flock to the tents known as casetas for tapas and drink. A midway with games and rides known as Hell Road beckons the young and adventurous.
Fumetto Comic Festival
Address: Kornschuette, Kornmarkt 3, 6004 Lucerne, Switzerland
Dates: April 14-22
The works of more than 40 comics creators are on show at this event which bills itself as one of Europe's leading festivals for international comics and related media. Around 12 main and 40 satellite exhibitions highlight graphic design, illustration and fine art. Workshops, signings, film screenings, live painting, guided tours and more complete the program.
The London Coffee Festival
Address: 15 Hanbury Street, Old Truman Brewery, London E1 6QR, England
Dates: April 13-15
More than 250 coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings, barista demos, workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs, art exhibitions and more is sure to get any coffee lover’s pulse racing faster. Visitors must choose a specific three-hour session to attend.
Admission: Tickets cost 16.50 pounds for adults when purchased online or 22.50 pounds at the door; ages 10-16 pay 4.50/5.50 pounds.
Montilla-Moriles Wine Tasting Festival
Address: Explanada de la Excma, Cordoba, Spain
Dates: April 18-22
The fertile valleys in the south of the province of Cordoba produce grapes used to make several types of wine including Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Cream and Blanco Joven. The dominant grape is the white Pedro Ximenez variety, covering around 80 percent of the surface area. A winemaking technique known as velo de flor, in which a thick layer of yeast is left floating on the surface, lends the wines their distinctive flavor. About 20 bodegas serve up these wines, to the accompaniment of tapas and live music.
Admission: Tickets cost 8 euros and include a glass and five samplings.
World Press Photo Exhibition
Address: De Nieuwe Kerk, Dam Square, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dates: April 14-July 22 (10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; closed April 27 and May 3-4)
In 1955, a group of Dutch photographers organized a competition allowing them to expose their work to a global audience. Since then, the contest has grown into the world’s most prestigious photography competition, and its traveling photo exhibition brings the year’s winning images to four million viewers in 100 cities across the globe. The photos document the year’s top news events alongside social and environmental issues that otherwise go largely unnoticed. The De Niewe Kerk is always the site of the premiere of the exhibition, making viewing it here rather special.
Admission: 11 euros adults