ENGLAND: Immerse yourself in French culture Friday through the weekend at The France Show in London’s Earls Court. Taste and buy French food and crafts at 50 stalls, sample and buy French wines, watch top chefs demonstrate their expertise with French food, check out property or a vacation in France and learn a little of the language in the Language Theatre.

The annual event is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost 13 pounds (about $20.50). See for the full program.

SCOTLAND: This year’s Celtic Connections Celtic music festival in Glasgow, Jan. 13 to 30, offers a special performance on Jan. 24: “Forever Young — a 70th Birthday Tribute to Bob Dylan.”

Will the legendary folk artist show up? Even if he doesn’t, there is still an all-star lineup of 1,500 folk, indie, roots and Americana artists scheduled to perform throughout the festival.

Gospel has a special focus with the broadcasting of the American radio show “Mountain Stage,” featuring legendary Mavis Staples as well as a performance by Tom Jones.

Another part of the festival, Celtronika, features an evening of Celtic and electronic music plus talks and workshops. For full details, see

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