British invasion

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ew York is gearing up to stage a remarkably ambitious celebration of the arts from Britain.

A two-week long festival is set for Oct. 14 to 28, and will showcase the work of hundreds of British artists in venues all around the city.

It's called UKinNY, and you can read all the details in our news story, which can be accessed by typing UKinNY in the search box on this page.

For my part, it's going to be hard to decide which events to attend.

I'm leaning toward the photography exhibition that will be staged at the Yancy Richardson Gallery on West 22nd Street, and the Different Drums of Ireland performance at Grand Central Station.

I wouldn't mind seeing the Ulster Orchestra at City College, and I'd like to work in the London Underground exhibit at the Municipal Art Society.

October still seems a long way off, but it isn't.

With the hot summer temperatures getting a little bit on my nerves these days, the thought of a cool autumn day in the Big Apple is a delicious daydream.

UKinNY is sponsored by British Council USA, British Airways, BBC America, Hilton, MasterCard, Reuters and others.

The event, according to top organizer David Blagbrough, of British Council USA, is designed to forge partnerships among artists and arts organizations in the U.S. and the U.K.

It's a fantastic idea, and one that can be staged in more U.S. cities.

So, if you're planning a visit to the New York area sometime soon, peg it for October. Keep an eye on Travel Weekly's New York destination sections and, of course, on the news sections of this Web site, for hotel packages that surely will be created to coincide with the momentous event.

There's also a Web site at www.ukinny.com, where dates, times and other details of the arts events will be listed closer in to the festival.

Autumn in New York. What could be better?

Donna Tunney is executive editor of Travel Weekly, Travel Weekly Crossroads and Travel Management Daily.

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