Last Updated on December 28, 2020 by Janet Frost
Today we are going to look at The Arts in its vast range of mediums. The Arts elicit strong passions among the devoted. It drives many to visit far flung destinations. I have mentioned art in several previous travel themes such as Museums, and Urban Adventures. I commented on the subjectivity of art. That will be even more apparent in this post as we discuss everything from opera to animation.
Let’s Go Learn Things about The Arts…
Personally, I have an eclectic and ever-changing taste in music. Therefore I was never a Deadhead, Phan or Swiftie. Can you guess which bands belong to those nicknames? In researching this article I actually found a site listing the nicknames of band groupies. These fans are out there, the fans/groupies that follow their obsessions across the globe. I will not judge, but I will look for a more diversified experience.
Unfortunately, the iconic music festivals have taken a beating this year of 2020 and Covid cancellations. If you visit these sites, they do seem hopefully about returning in 2021
- Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI
- Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey Bay, CA
- Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival
A virus may have shut down the festivals in 202, but nothing can stop the music. Here is a list of some very popular destinations know for their unique style of music and music venues.
- Nashville, Tennessee
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Austin, Texas
- New York, NY
- Chicago, Illinois
- Havana, Cuba
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Vienna, Austria
This is another broad category. It can include the classics of opera and ballet to the avant garde of foreign films. All of them offer spectacular host cities that would make great travel destinations.
Ballet and Opera
“You live as long as you dance,” – Rudolf Nureyev.
I have put opera and ballet together because they frequently share a majestic venue. Many of these venues listed below are architectural spectacles in their own right with museums attached.
- Milan, Italy in the Renaissance era Teatro alla Scala.
- St. Petersburg at the Mariinsky Theatre and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
- Paris, France at the Palais Garnier Opera House
Venues known for their more contemporary styles:
- Cannes Film Festival heading into its 72nd year is the most well known name in film festivals.
- Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah is Robert Redford’s creation.
- Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario. This city has a vibrant performing arts culture that rivals New York and London.
- Melbourne International Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia
In the Travel Themes: Museums, I listed several cities worth creating a museum-itinerary around. In an effort to avoid redundancy I will share a view smaller or less known spots on this list. Many destinations have a vibrant arts community if you look for them.
- Rome and Florence are a Renaissance art immersion experience. Every corner is a museum, or sculpture-rich pizza. The churches are packed full of art as well. Famous works by Da Vinci, Bernini, Michelangelo and the list goes on.
- Berea, KY is the quaint center for the arts and crafts of the Kentucky and the Appalachians. Beautiful setting and vibrant arts community.
- Santa Fe, NM calls itself “one of the most artistic places on the planet”. That is a big claim and I have not visited yet but plan to in 2018. I will report back.
We are admirers of glass-blowing and have added many detours on our travels to find a studio. The famous Dale Chihuly has revolutionized this art form. With exhibits across the country and studio tours in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, you could put together an entire itinerary just following him.
Murano, Italy is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon, just north of Venice. This little community is world renowned for its glass making. It is definitely on my bucket list.
Be sure to check out all the posts in The 12 Days of Travel Themes;
Part 1: Culinary Tourism
Part 2: Fairs and Festivals
Part 3: Historic Destinations
Part 4: Museums
Part 5: Boozy Trips
Part 6: Get Outdoors
Part 7: Agritourism
Part 8: Urban Adventures
Part 9: Scenic Road Trips
Part 10: Literary Travels
Part 11: The Arts
Part 12: National Parks