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Paris presents Pocket Film Festival

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Paris tours could offer the opportunity to discover some new and unusual cultural creations later this year at the Pocket Film Festival.

This event, which is dedicated to showing films created using mobile phones, will come to the French capital’s Forum des Images from June 12th to 14th.

Visitors will be able to attend a number of free screenings and events during the course of the festival and will be given the opportunity to download any films they want to see again to their own phone.

Artists participating in the 2009 Pocket Film Festival include the French underground filmmaker Joseph Morder, theatre director Pippo Delbono and painter Richard Texier.

A series of concerts and debates will feature on the festival programme this year, as well as workshops exploring how mobile phones can be used to create high-quality and convincing films.

Another Paris institution dedicated to contemporary culture is the Centre Pompidou, which is currently hosting exhibitions of work by the artists Wassily Kandinsky, Asger Jorn and Alexander Calder.

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New York explores modern photography

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People with an interest in contemporary photography should be sure to fit a visit to the Museum of the City of New York into their New York tours this summer.

From June 10th to August 16th, the cultural institution will present the exhibition Dutch Seen, which has been guest-curated by Kathy Ryan, photo editor of the New York Times Magazine.

The showcase features a variety of contemporary images captured by Dutch artists currently working in New York City.

Many of the photographs were specially commissioned to mark the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s exploration of New York and look at themes including diversity, tolerance and humanism.

Through portraits, landscapes, still lives, conceptual pieces and other works, the exhibition will delve into the aesthetic traditions of Dutch art from the era of the old masters to contemporary figures.

People taking New York tours this year will also be able to visit the Museum of the City of New York to see Mannahatta/Manhattan, a display that will explore the natural history of the Big Apple.

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Travellers invited to Drive the NT

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Travellers could squeeze even more into their Northern Territory tours this year by using the latest driving guide launched by Tourism NT.

In conjunction with the Northern Territory News, the tourism agency has revamped its Drive the NT guide to encourage visitors to spend more time in the state and explore regional areas.

Available from visitor information centres across the Northern Territory, the publication provides details on driving routes that take in attractions including Uluru, Kakadu National Park and the cities of Adelaide and Darwin.

Tourism NT chief executive Maree Tetlow said the region boasts "an array of fantastic options for driving holidays".

She added: "The information will enable [visitors] to slow down their trip and get more from the places they visit.

"There is a bit of a misconception that you have to have a four-wheel drive to travel in the Northern Territory, and while we boast some exciting and challenging adventure routes, most of our best known attractions can be accessed by two-wheel drive vehicles."

Tourism NT this year launched a new promotion to boost the number of backpackers visiting northern Australia.

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London river transport improved

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Travelling on the Thames could become a more prominent part of London tours in the future as a result of an agreement to improve transport services on the river.

Local authorities, boat operators, pier owners and Transport for London are among the organisations involved in a new accord set up by London mayor Boris Johnson to enhance river travel options.

By signing the agreement, the companies will commit themselves to cooperate on improving ticketing, pier facilities, passenger information and other aspects of the travel process.

One benefit that has already resulted from the initiative is a new Thames Clipper service linking Canary Wharf to London Bridge. In November the company will begin accepting Oyster pay-as-you-go cards.

Mr Johnson said: "With the right mixture of investment and imagination, river services can become a truly integral, as well as an extremely pleasant, part of the capital’s transport network.

"Oysterising the Thames as well as providing clearer signage to the piers and services available will make it much easier…to travel on the river."

Some of London’s most famous attractions can be seen by taking a trip on the river, including the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge.

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Dubai explores the world of art

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Dubai tours will give travellers the opportunity to expand their cultural horizons later this year when one of the emirate’s major venues presents two exhibitions of art from around the world.

The unfamiliar Korean art scene will be the first to be explored at a show opening at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre on May 29th.

Scheduled for a short run to June 3rd, this exhibition will feature a number of works by renowned Korean artists, including colourful and vibrant pieces that represent a dynamic and thriving art scene.

The focus will then move to the southern hemisphere with a showcase of paintings by two female artists from South Africa.

Opening on June 9th and running to June 18th, this display will consist of a series of rich paintings that offer a new take on the urban landscape and explore the environments in which we live and work as "desert gardens".

The Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre is one of Dubai’s major cultural venues and in the past has hosted the Gulf Film Festival and runs of High School Musical, The Importance of Being Earnest and other shows.

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Bargain hunters pointed to eastern Europe

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Krakow tours and other travel pursuits in central and eastern Europe could prove a popular option among bargain-holiday hunters this year.

Abta – The Travel Association highlighted the fact that the pound is currently at a record low against the euro, making the exchange rate in eastern Europe "alluringly favourable" compared with hotspots in the west.

Some destinations in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and other countries offer two-course meals for as little as £5 and pints of beer for less than £1.

This affordability, combined with the advantage of short journey times for British travellers, make European destinations comparable with Spain or Greece in the 1970s, according to Abta.

The travel association emphasised the "cosmopolitan chic" of cities such as Krakow, Prague and Budapest as a highlight for culture vultures, offset by the natural appeal of the region’s "unspoilt beaches and dramatic countryside".

According to research released by Abta earlier this year, two thirds (66 per cent) of British people value their summer holiday because it provides them with an emotional boost.

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Caped Crusader heads to Catalonia

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Barcelona tours could have an unusual element later this year when a brand new Batman comic is officially unveiled in the city.

Comic book aficionados will be heading to the Catalan capital from across Europe and the world at the end of May to attend the International Comic Fair, which will take place at the Fira de Barcelona from May 29th to June 1st.

The highlight of the event will be the launch of a special edition Batman comic set in Barcelona.

A cover designed by comic book veteran Jim Lee has already been unveiled, showing the Caped Crusader standing in front of an equally recognisable icon – Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia cathedral.

Set to be published simultaneously in Spain, Italy and the United States on May 29th, the special edition comic will also feature a foreword by Barcelona mayor Jordi Hereu.

Having been the subject of a solo series since 1940, Batman is one of the most popular and famous superheroes in comic book history. The character was originally created by DC Comics, the publisher behind Superman, Wonder Woman and other creations.

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See some Parisian antiques on the Rive Gauche

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Holidaymakers will be able to add some style and sophistication to their Paris tours later this year by heading to one of the city’s most prestigious antiques fairs.

Carre Rive Gauche, which is named after the famous district in which it is held, will take over Paris’ seventh arrondissement from June 4th to 7th.

According to the organisers of this highly popular event, the range of antiques on show is so diverse that the fair could only ever be held in Paris.

Some 120 of the city’s finest antiques dealers participate in Carre Rive Gauche, showing off a variety of rare and historically significant items, many of which will be specifically selected by art market professionals.

Visitors to the fair will be able to pick up curios and souvenirs to remember their trip by, browse through far eastern and African art, see furniture dating all the way back to the Renaissance and marvel at intricately crafted silverware.

The Rive Gauche – the southern bank of the river Seine – is known for being one of the most romantic districts in a city famous for its passion, as well as a cultural heritage boasting links with Pablo Picasso, F Scott Fitzgerald, Henri Matisse and others.

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Experience the Sundown Marathon on Singapore tours

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Active travellers taking Singapore tours in May will be able to combine a fun and energetic pursuit with some of the destination’s most impressive night-time sights.

The Adidas Sundown Marathon will take place on May 30th this year, setting off from Changi Point at 20:00 local time.

This unusual event is described as a "unique experience for runners", taking participants on a varied route designed to "challenge the mind, body and soul".

Runners will pass through the nature parks in the eastern and north-eastern parts of Singapore, as well as a host of city sights and attractions that will appear all the more stunning after the sun has set.

If taking part in the marathon sounds like too much hard work, visitors to Singapore can take up positions on the sidelines to cheer on the runners as they pass.

Also taking place in the south-east Asian city-state this year is the Great Singapore Sale, which will see huge discounts offered at the retail outlets of Orchard Road, Marina Bay and other central areas from May 29th to July 26th.

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Leonard Cohen to play Paris

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Music lovers taking Paris tours this summer may have the opportunity to see one of the industry’s iconic figures live in concert.

Leonard Cohen will bring a tour that is currently taking him across the United States to Europe in July, starting with a show at Berlin’s O2 World on July 2nd.

The legendary singer-songwriter will then head to the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium on July 4th before playing at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy on July 7th.

With songs such as Hallelujah, Waiting for the Miracle and The Partisan to his name and a career spanning some 40 years, Cohen is one of the most respected figures in the modern music industry.

He recently released Live in London, a collection of 25 songs from a performance he gave at the O2 Arena in 2008.

If one music icon is not enough, visitors to Paris will be able to head to the Bercy on July 9th this year to see a show by Madonna as she brings her Sticky and Sweet tour to Europe.

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