In case you hadn't heard (unlikely with all the hullabaloo surrounding the anniversary), it's been 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci breathed his last at the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise. And the Loire Valley town (and the rest of the region for that matter) is not about to let the milestone go by without a full year of events, concerts and light shows. Enter the Viva da Vinci! 2019 festival, an anniversary celebration of epic scale.
Riding its 'European Capital of Culture' high, Lille is poised to seal its rep as a cultural gold mine with the lille3000 Eldorado festival. Borrowed from Mexican folklore and South America legend, Lille will treat locals and visitors to the Latin Fiesta of the decade.
During the Great War, around 6.6 million soldiers were captured. What was life like for them? The Verdun Memorial presents a major exhibition with personal items, public archives and prisoners' own testimonies.
Art Nouveau took designs from the natural world and created flowing flora and fauna patterns. This fascinating exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia features lamps, posters and prints as examples of the endless decorative possibilities of the Art Nouveau style. Ongoing event. Image © National Gallery of Australia
This autumn, Bayeux is set to play host to Ulster Museum's Game of Thrones tapestry. Modelled after the Calvados city's own embroidered epic of the Norman Conquest, the 90-metre medieval-style linen masterpiece charts the blood-splattered saga of the Seven Kingdoms in painstakingly vivid – and gory – detail.
The Jardin des Plantes Light Festival is back with ‘Océan en voie d'illumination’, a deep-dive into our endangered seabed. Featuring a sparkling menagerie of 50 monumental lantern-style installations.