Where: Euston, London. Distance from Conrad London St. James: 25 minutes by cab.
When: 4 January—16th October, 2016
Who: 19th-century collector Henry Wellcome’s medical antiquities, plus hi-tech modern displays and multi-media art installations.
Why: The Wellcome Collection has one of the most intriguing and exciting programs of popular science exhibits in the capital, always challenging, slick and stimulating, and never as busy as the Science Musuem. This show explores what artists, philosophers, psychologists and nueroscientists think that it means to be conscious.
Where: Chaoyang, Beijing. Distance from Conrad Beijing: 20 minutes by cab
When: 15 Jan–3rd July, 2016.
Who: World-renowned artist and campaigning pacifist, Yoko Ono.
Why: With its ever-expanding, free-to-visit collection of boundary-pushing contemporary artwork, the Farschou has quickly gained traction in the international art world. Yoko Ono’s first solo exhibition at the institution gives visitors the opportunity to interact with her artwork by bringing along their own golden ladder to add to her installation. It’s a unique chance to be part of Ono’s process that’s almost worth negotiating with your cab driver for.
Where: Brooklyn, New York. Distance from Conrad New York: 35–40 minutes by cab
When: 9—12th, June, 2017.
Who: 2016 saw Wolf Parade and Grandmaster Flash on the main stage while the Innovation program of talks and seminars showcased the brightest minds in global tech, entrepreneurship, content and design.
Why: Yes, it’s a while to wait, but this is one event worth putting into your calendar for next year. New York’s answer to South by Southwest and is growing in scale, creativity, ambition and impact with every new edition.
Where: Wynwood, Miami. Distance from Conrad Miami: 20 minutes by cab
When: 7—9th Oct, 2016.
Who: A cutting edge line-up of international performers mixed with Miami’s most talented local artists, musicians and ‘ideas people’. Lectures, labs, tech talks, galleries and a five stage main ground.
Why: ‘Our artist community was thriving, but the perception of Miami was stereotypical to South Beach bottles and model culture,’ say the organisers. ‘We created III Points Festival as a home and voice for the “other” Miami.’ 100% worth checking out.
Where: Within D3 (Dubai Design District), Dubai. Distance from Conrad Dubai: 10-15 minutes by cab
When: 24–29th October, 2016.
Who: The international design community: makers, curators, gallerists, buyers.
Why: Expect innovative installations, interactive workshops and exciting showcases of up-and-coming new talent.