These coming months will surely be busy as countless major and minor events will take place. Here are some of the events to watch out for these months to come.
- Met Gala
The former fundraising gala in aid of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute will take place in New York City with a theme camp (6 May).
- Spanish Local And Regional Elections
Spaniards go to the polls. Among the more interesting contests is a mayoral race in Barcelona in which one of the candidates is the former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (26 May).
- Women’s World Cup
The opening game of the 24-team tournament will start with France vs. South Korea in Paris which was last won by the US England will meet Scotland in their first match two days later (7 June).
More than 100,000 music fans flock to see artists including Kylie Minogue, who will perform the Sunday teatime “legend” slot, and Stormzy, one of the only other big names to have been confirmed (26 June).
- Anglican Church Independent Child Sex Abuse Inquiry Hearings
The inquiry begins into the extent of institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse (1 July).
- New Bank Of England Governor
A successor to Mark Carney is expected to be in place, with likely contenders ranging from the former Reserve Bank of India chief Raghuram Rajan to the Financial Conduct Authority’s boss, Andrew Bailey.
- A-Level Results
Universities also begin to announce their intake numbers for the 2019/20 academic year (15 August).
- The James Mactaggart Lecture
Speaking is considered as the highlight of the Edinburgh international television festival. Previous speakers have included the actor Michaela Coel, the journalist Jon Snow, and Vice founder Shane Smith (23 August).
- Rugby World Cup
Japan, the host nation, faces Russia in the opening match of the 20-team tournament, with New Zealand or Ireland the bookies’ favourites to lift the title (22 September).
- Labour Party Conference
Brexit will continue to dominate the agenda as the party continues to try to hold on to both remainers and leavers (22 September).
- Canadian Elections
Voting takes place for Canada’s 338-seat lower house of parliament. Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party defeated Stephen Harper’s Conservatives in 2015 (21 October).
- Ukrainian Elections
The country’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has 450 seats, but only 423 will be contested because of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in the Donbass region (27 October).
- Wada Conference Reviews Anti-Doping Code
The World Anti-Doping Agency is struggling to respond to allegations of Russian state-sponsored doping (7 November).
- EU Sanctions Against Venezuela Expire
The restrictive measures have been in effect since November 2017 (11 November).
- Nobel Peace Prize
Last year’s award went to the gynecologist Denis Mukwege and the Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad for their work on sexual violence (10 December).
- Star Wars Episode IX
The third and final instalment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy is released (19 December).