What’s On September
London Fashion Week, September 13 – 17
Experience the best of British fashion in a flurry of catwalk shows, presentations, designer showrooms and special events, featuring the likes of Victoria Beckham, Burberry, ERDEM, JW Anderson and Molly Goddard. londonfashionweek.co.uk
Mid-Autumn Festival, China, Vietnam, and throughout Southeast Asia, September 13
With a history dating back more than 3,500 years, the Mid-Autumn Festival is traditionally a time for family and friends to come together to celebrate a successful harvest. Beginning on the 15th day of the eighth month according to the Chinese Han calendar, the celebration coincides with the first night of the full moon – the harvest moon – when the moon is believed to be at its brightest and biggest, symbolising happiness and reunion. People hold moon viewing parties and nibble on mooncakes, beautifully decorated pastries traditionally containing rich fillings of red bean or lotus seed paste. Cities are decorated with colourful light installations, and myriad lanterns and flowers, while celebrations include dragon and lion dances, floating sky lanterns, elaborate food displays and traditional games. In Vietnam, the festival is also known as the Children’s Festival – there are children’s street parades, and parents lavish attention on their offspring by buying them toys and lanterns, as well as preparing their favourite foods. The customs have their origins in an old folktale about parents being so pre-occupied with harvest that they forgot about their children; the mid-autumn festivities were an opportunity to make amends.
Rendezvous in Paris, Louvre Abu Dhabi, September 18 – December 7
Explore the art of Roaring Twenties Paris – in Abu Dhabi. Featuring 40 of the most significant artists from the ‘School of Paris’, including Picasso, Chagall, and Modigliani, this exhibition is a first for the Middle East. louvreabudhabi.ae