Top things to do this June

Explore the best things to do in the region and around the world this season, from food festivals to international art fairs and more.

Mawazine in Morocco

🗓 Dates TBC 📍Rabat, Morocco


Music of the world comes together at this festival in the Moroccan UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rabat. From little known upcoming artists to global icons, the festival, which began in 2002, has become a foremost event for the Middle East's cultural scene.

Over the years, superstars such as Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue and Stevie Wonder have graced the stage while regional and international culture shines with artists from as diverse backgrounds as Morocco, China, South America and India. Held on eight stages around the Moroccan capital, the eight-day event is now in its 20th year and organisers say it will be the biggest event yet.


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Sculpture Park at Dubai International Financial Centre

🗓 Until June 30 📍Dubai, United Arab Emirates


This month is the last chance to catch Dubai International Financial Centre’s sculpture park where the area’s iconic architecture has been transformed into a stunning open-air art gallery to celebrate the UAE’s 50th anniversary. Showcasing local and international artists, 50 sculptures chronicle the cultural diversity and richness of the UAE in the past 50 years with work from galleries such as AWC, Firetti Gallery and Leila Heller Gallery.

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Wimbledon

🗓 June 27 - July 10, 2022 📍London, England


This summer event is the quintessential symbol of British summertime where strawberries are as much a part of the action as the players on court. It is not only tennis fans who love this two-week-long grand-slam tournament of the world’s top tennis talent, but it is a magnet to the world’s who’s who, from British royalty to Hollywood superstars. In addition to the big screen action near No.1 court, fan zones are also found around the city to make sure everyone can enjoy the game.


Midnight Sun Film Festival

🗓 June 15 - 19, 2022 📍Sodankyla Lapland, Finland


Attracting film fans from around the globe, the Finnish film festival will mark its 37th year in 2022 with a fascinating line-up of film and dance events. From old to new, this edgy festival brings together classics including silent movies, as homage to the origins of modern-day cinema, and the latest trends changing the face of contemporary cinema. In keeping with tradition, the festival features a wild dance party in its giant circus tent as the community comes together for this fun film festival with a difference.


Art Basel

🗓 June 16 - 19, 2022 📍Basel, Switzerland


This Basel fair brings the international art world together with over 289 exhibitors and more than 4,000 artists from five continents. The Swiss town comes alive as exhibitions pop up in and around the region for a week-long celebration of global talent. Some of the world’s top galleries participating this year include Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Pace, and David Zwirner. It is the first time since 2019 that the stalwart of art events has hosted in its usual June spot, marking a welcome return to normality after a pandemic-driven hiatus.