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From Art to Fashion: 15 Virtual Events To Attend in 2020

The world may have ground to a halt for a good half of 2020, but things are slowly picking back up. From New York Fashion Week to Art Basel and more, here’s a rundown of the world’s landmark events in 2020 that are still going on – many for the first time, virtually. 


September 4-18: Maison & Objet

This year’s Parisien Maison & Objet design fair (4-18 Sep) goes virtual, offering a host of Digital Talks and Showrooms for international homeware hoarders.

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September 9-13: Berlin Art Week

More than just a trade fair, Berlin Art Week (9-13 Sep) is embraced by artists, gallerists and contemporary institutions for a week-long celebration of creating, discussing and exhibiting art – and it’s going digital this year.

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September 12-20: London Design Festival

Combine sartorial appreciation with best-of-Brit product and interior design talents at London Design Festival (12-20 Sep), where digital talks and workshops will be hosted each day. 

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Photo: London Design Festival

September 13-16: New York Fashion Week

The most important fashion month of the year will be kickstarted with NYFW (13-16 Sep), and in 2020, it’s going digital. Brought to you live from the NY Spring Studios are runway shows, presentations and talks with the world’s leading fashion set. 

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September 23-26: Art Basel

Art Basel presents “OVR:2020” (23-26 Sep), a.k.a. Online Viewing Room of artworks produced during the epoch-making year of 2020. AB VIPs get exclusive access to the OVRs 48 hours before everyone else.

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September 27 – October 13: New York Film Festival

Make way, Netflix. Top-of-the-heap American and international films make their debut at the New York Film Festival (27 Sep-13 Oct), and this year virtual screenings to 60+ movies are available for selection.

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September 28 – October 6: Paris Fashion Week

Keep your eyes peeled for the Paris Fashion Week S/S 21 runways (28 Sep – 6 Oct) as fashion brands continue to up their livestream game.

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October 9-16: Frieze London

Repping the avant-garde end of the art spectrum, Frieze London (9-16 Oct) has earned a stellar rep as one of the most influential art events attracting a fashiony crowd. This year, contemporary works and sculptures, talks and shows are delivered virtually from various locations in London. 

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Photo: Frieze

October 28-31: Art Basel

Art Basel keeps us busy with another online exhibition just a month after the last. “OVR: 20c” (28-31 Oct) showcases a curated selection of the best 20th century artworks from around 100 exhibitors. For a more interactive experience, chit chat away with the galleries’ art handlers on the live chat rooms. 

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November 1: Pink Dot

Kickstart your November by celebrating love at Pink Dot’s virtual festival (1 Nov) live from Hong Kong. Keep yourself posted on how the team is taking the outdoor festival and concerts virtual this year.

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November 5-8: Jazzfest Berlin

Hop along to the be-bop-de-doo-wop – JazzFest Berlin (5-8 Nov) is going offstage and online. The producers kick-off the event discussing the challenges posed to the music industry by the pandemic, while the rest of the programme has yet to be released.

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November 9-14: Dubai Design Week

As temperatures begin to dip, Dubai’s creative scene heats up. Befitting such a futuristic city, Dubai Design Week (11-16 Nov) held in hip D3 district is the largest creative gathering in the Middle East, bringing together architects and talents working in product, furniture, interior and graphic design. This year, join the six-day schedule of exhibitions and workshops online.

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Photo: Dubai Design Week

November 26 – December 4: London Art Week Digital

Gather all your personalities as an art connoisseur as you catch a glimpse of London’s art scene through the digitalised London Art Week (26 Nov – 4 Dec), featuring the best pieces that the 50+ galleries and 3 auction houses in London have to offer. 

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November TBC: HK Dine and Wine

HK Dine and Wine (TBC) is promised to take place virtually this year, and while details are still to be released, be prepared to fill your shopping carts with discounted vino and groceries ahead of the December festivities.

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December 1-6: Art Miami

Although the big gun Art Basel Miami Edition has been cancelled, the wider Miami Art Week (1-6 Dec) has decided to go virtual, launching an online platform to rep the satellite shows and exhibitions for hungry art lovers.

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Photo: Art Miami

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