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January is all about contrasts and unpredictable combinations: fire and ice, excess and restraint, tradition and modernity, cowboys and poetry, an ending and a beginning. What better moment for all of us to defy expectations?
The month is also about continuity, though, especially in the case of The Great Reckoning that commenced last year in the realm of gender equality. As the various tribes within the global elite put their heads together all over the world this month, each will have an opportunity to demonstrate where they are on this pressing issue. Financiers and government leaders will convene in Davos, Switzerland to debate the future of the global economy; environmentalists and others will gather in Abu Dhabi to explore sustainability issues. The tech crowd will be in Vegas examining the toys of the future at the Consumer Electronics Show. Fashionistas will be attending the haute couture shows in Paris; cineastes are heading to Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival; writers will be in Jaipur for the annual literary festival; and music aficionados will be present in New York when the Jazz Congress is called to order. Plus, the cowboys are saddling up for a poetry slam.
Whether you’re attending, reporting on, or just monitoring the outcomes of these various gatherings, the start of a new year presents the chance to shape the conversation in potentially new ways. The official color of the year is Ultra Violet – aka purple – so dress appropriately. We’re gonna need people to be smart in every possible sense of the word in 2018.
The 51st annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) brings the tech and media elite to Las Vegas; when the organization announced its six keynote speakers for this year’s event, there was an immediate backlash, as the list (Intel’s Brian Krzanich, Ford’s Jim Hackett, Huawei’s Richard Yu, Turner’s John Martin, and Hulu’s Randy Freer) included no women and only one man of color – as of this posting, the lineup is unchanged – watch this space for further updates – Jan 9-12
The 11th annual Jaipur Literary Festival at the Diggi Palace in Jaipur, India bills itself as “The Greatest Literary Show on Earth” and will host lectures and discussions among writers and artists; headliners this year include Mira Nair, Javed Akhtar and Vishal Bhardwaj – Jan 25-29
Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes have joined forces to co-produce the Jazz Congress, a new annual conference designed to bring together artists, media, and industry leaders in the global jazz community to exchange ideas in order to nurture and grow the jazz community and the underlying business and organizations that promote, produce, present, market, and support the music; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be the keynote speaker — Jan 11-12
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week bills itself as “the largest sustainability gathering in the Middle East.” A series of conferences, forums, and exhibitions will explore pressing issues like renewable energy and climate change. If you’re planning to attend, be sure to visit the marvelous recently-opened Louvre Abu Dhabi designed by Jean Nouvel – Jan 13-20
The 48th annual World Economic Forum convenes in Davos, Switzerland with the theme of Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World; while the gathering has been criticized for being out of touch, it has already surpassed its peer conference CES in the realm of modernity by announcing an all-female lineup of co-hosts this year: seven women, including IBM CEO Ginny Rometty and IMF chief Christine Lagarde, will be the face of this year’s event – Jan 23-26
The annual Alfalfa Club dinner will see the approximately 200 members of the social organization comprised primarily of influential politicians and business executives (and which apparently exists only to hold this dinner) meet at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, DC; the group’s name is a reference to the plant’s supposed willingness to “do anything for a drink” – Jan 27
The 34th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will see thousands of cowboy poets gather in Elko, Nevada to listen to and recite poems of the West. But it’s not limited to poetry: fine art and musical performances as well as open mikes and workshops for aspiring cowboy poets are available all week long – Jan 29 – Feb 3
In addition to all of that, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday the 15th. Wherever January takes you, we hope you make a fresh start at something brilliant.
January 2018 Events:
— The Arts
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