What’s on in July and August
Night skies across the world will be lit up this summer.
New York The US’s National Lighthouse Day (Aug 7) will be celebrated by the country’s National Lighthouse Museum through a weekend featuring a lecture, gala, and boat tour. The museum can provide over 25 stamps in the US Lighthouse Society’s passport programme. Entrance is free.
Edinburgh The 2018 International Festival season starts with a free outdoor performance marking Scotland’s Year of Young People and the centenary of the end of the First World War. The show incorporates telegrams sent by young soldiers in 1918 and a newly-commissioned orchestral score.
Paris For the 28th year, Parc de La Villette will host a summer film festival. This year’s theme is music, and filmgoers can download lyrics for a sing-along. Entrance is free, while a sun-bed and blanket can be hired for €7. Films include La La Land, Jules et Jim, and Mars Attacks. Picnics are welcome!
July 18–August 19
Byron Bay Some of astronomy’s brightest brains will gather for Star Stuff II to study galaxies, globular clusters, and nebulas through up to 12 telescopes in a five-star setting. Over two days, attendees will enjoy key speakers, vendors, a black-tie dinner, and even a VR Mars experience.
Compiled by Simon Fry
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