Thanks to T.S. Eliot, April gets a bad rap. But with the Masters, Documenta (14), the Final Four, the auction of the 59.60-carat “Pink Star” diamond, National Poetry Month, several new Broadway shows, marathons in Boston, Paris and London, and Coachella, we beg to differ. It may bring spring showers, but the jet set will be spending April 2017 in style. Here’s our Dandelion Chandelier list of the most important events in the luxury ecosystem this month. So grab your favorite wellies, trench coat and brolly and let’s go!
The arrival of spring brings joyful rituals, not the least of which is the annual Sechselauten festival in Zurich, Switzerland, in which a snowman is set aflame to banish winter and much merriment ensues – April 21-24. For over 25 years, the seaside resort of Berck-sur-Mer on the Opal Coast of Pas de Calais, France, has hosted a kite festival on the beach – the Rencontres Internationales de Cerfs-Volants, or International Kite Festival – this year it’s being held on April 1-9. The historical and religious Sikh festival Vaisakhi marks the New Year and is also a spring harvest festival – April 13. In England, April 23 is St. George’s Day – since the 13th century it’s been a national day of feasting to celebrate the patron saint of England, who is famously associated with the legend of St. George and the Dragon. And this year, mid-April will see elaborate Easter egg hunts and Easter sacred music performances throughout major cities worldwide.
But April’s not all spring fun and religious observances. Three global gatherings this month will see leaders and influencers putting their heads together to wrestle with geopolitical and other challenges: Tina Brown’s 8th annual Women in the World Summit will convene powerful women and the men who support them at Lincoln Center – April 5-7; the global TED conference will draw tech and media moguls to Vancouver, Canada; this year’s theme is “The Future You,” – April 24-28; the annual Milken Institute Global Conferenceis a must-attend for the financial elite in Beverly Hills – April 30 – May 3.
In addition, April Fools’ Day is the 1st, Palm Sunday is the 9th, Good Friday is the 14th, and Easter Sunday is the 16th. Don’t overdo on the chocolate eggs, though: taxes are due in America on April 18th. Queen Elizabeth’s actual birthday is April 21st, even though it is formally celebrated in June. Wherever the month takes you, stay sharp and don’t be fooled. Even if it’s raining, we can choose to shine.