A snap general election called by Taoiseach Brian Cowen after the Finance Bill was passed on 29 January.
- 25 Feb Bath Literature Festival Bath.
The annual celebration of literary culture has been extended to ten days this year. Speakers at the festival include historian Dr David Starkey and Kazuo Ishiguro, author of Never Let Me Go.
- 27 Feb The Oscars Kodak Theatre, LA.
The 83rd Academy Awards are hosted by Anne Hathaway and James Franco in Los Angeles. The King's Speech leads the nominations with 12, followed by True Grit with ten.
- 28 Feb UK's strongest brands revealed. Superbrands reveals the strongest brands in the UK, based on two separate surveys of consumer and b2b brands.
- 28 Feb Deadline for entries to PRWeek League Tables. Agencies must submit their entries to the PRWeek League Tables, which includes the Top 150 Consultancies report. To enter, visit prweek.com/uk.
- 1 March St David's Day. Annual events include a parade in Cardiff to celebrate the patron saint of Wales.
- 3 March World Book Day UK and Ireland. The annual celebration of books, which will see one million books given away for free across the UK and Ireland by National Book Tokens.