The Arts

Fine art, music, theatre and dance discoveries made on my global journeys.

North America The Arts
Art on the Street – Memphis, Tennessee
April 13, 2017
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Art on the Street – Memphis, Tennessee
Soulful is the word I would use to describe the street art scene in Memphis, Tennessee. Most of the pieces I witnessed during my 48hrs in the home of the Blues, were murals by local artists, all with a very special message about their home town. While all of the pieces I feature today, are legal/commissioned […]
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Art on the Street – NYC II
February 23, 2017
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Art on the Street – NYC II
New York street art is a high turnover business. New walls appear and disappear as fast as developers can tear down old buildings and replace them with shiny new ones. Not to mention the threat of other artists painting over your work, and legal walls being rotated through murals to keep the urban landscape fresh. […]
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Inside A Unique Cuban Casa
November 15, 2016
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Inside A Unique Cuban Casa
If you’ve ever seen the first Sex and the City movie, you will know the scene where Carrie walks into a dreamy New York City apartment that’s for sale and imagines herself as the owner and resident. Striking a pose in a sun-drenched doorway she greets an imaginary guest – “Hello, I live here!” – […]
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Art on the Street – Cuba
November 3, 2016
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Art on the Street – Cuba
Considering the difficulty of getting paint in Cuba, it is surprising to find a vibrant street art scene, particularly in La Habana. Murals by local and international artists adorn the crumbling remains of buildings in the old quarter, showcasing various styles and an abundance of talent. Take a walk with me down the streets of […]
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Art on the Street – Detroit
September 29, 2016
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Art on the Street – Detroit
Detroit isn’t the kind of place you want to go wandering off the beaten path in search of hidden murals on abandoned walls. However, with due caution and a little inside knowledge, there is some incredible street art within safe reach. I noted some particularly outstanding examples of wild style while in Motor City. Try […]
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An Open Fan Letter To Gloria Estefan
September 1, 2016
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An Open Fan Letter To Gloria Estefan
I’m scribbling this fan letter sitting in the Marquis Theatre on Broadway, New York City! Not only is this my first ever Broadway experience but very poetically, it is a show that is hugely significant to me personally. Tonight I’m seeing On Your Feet! The story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan. It seems my 2016 […]
Latin America The Arts
Art on the Street – Tulum
August 25, 2016
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Art on the Street – Tulum
An urban art project initiated by a local business owner in 2014 was the spark that set the Tulum street art scene alight. Murals of countless styles are popping up all over the Mexican town that lies on the Yucatan Peninsula, enclosed by seaside jungle. Tulum is the current hotspot for those wanting to explore […]
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Style Profile: Roberto Burle Marx
August 18, 2016
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Style Profile: Roberto Burle Marx
I first discovered Roberto Burle Marx on a quest to learn about Rio’s mosaic sidewalks. What a superstar I found! He’s not only responsible for those gorgeous decorative mosaics, but over two-thousand garden designs across twenty countries. Not to mention the inspired jewellery collections, theatre sets and costumes, art and tapestries he designed or created […]
Latin America The Arts
Art on the Street – Isla Mujeres
July 21, 2016
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Art on the Street – Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres has all the fine white sand and sparkling turquoise waters one can expect from the Yucatan Peninsula, not to mention the seasonal whale shark migration, excellent snorkelling and superb sunsets. However it isn’t resting on its lofty laurels. The Island community also offers excellent food, handicraft shopping, vibrant streetscapes and an impressive exhibition […]
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Art on the St. – Miami
January 21, 2016
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Art on the St. – Miami
If there is a street art heaven, this might be it - Wynwood, Miami. Wall to wall splattered, stroked and sprayed with luminous colour in countless styles.
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Water Puppets: A Uniquely Vietnamese Artform
April 30, 2015
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Water Puppets: A Uniquely Vietnamese Artform
You’ve seen Disney on Ice, how about puppets on water? An ancient art originating on the rice paddies of north Vietnam and unique entertainment that can only be experienced in this corner of the world. I rugged up for a cold evening in the park where I thought I was going to take in my first water […]
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La Boca – Missable or Must-See?
April 16, 2015
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La Boca – Missable or Must-See?
“We are locking the doors because there are a lot of car jackings in this area,” explained our tour guide on the way to La Boca. “This is a very poor neighbourhood, but we should be ok because we are in a private car,” she elaborated and begins to tell us the history of the […]