The Arts

by Madam ZoZo
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The Arts - Henri Matisse | Duende by Madam ZoZo

Diversity and identity

The Arts are as diverse as the people who create them – varied as our wonderful world, its geography and people. Music, theatre, dance, painting and sculpture, are just a few ways people and cultures express their identity, cut loose and entertain.  There are an endless variety of interesting art forms to discover around the world. Tracing the tradition and origin of art forms to their geographic and historic roots, can lead us on a global journey of exploration.

Destinations where art lives

There are also destinations and smaller niches to which art and artists seem to be drawn, and congregate en mass. In these suburbs, towns and cities the concentrated sources of inspiring work spills out into the streets. When this happens, art becomes part of the place itself—creating perfect destinations for art-loving travellers.

For the love of art

From white-washed fine art galleries studying the greats, to graffiti in gritty back streets, there isn’t anywhere Madam ZoZo won’t go for the love of great art! She takes traditional dance lessons in exotic locations; attends cultural performances held in rustic villages and extravagant theatres; combs neighbourhoods and community spaces for public art, all to bring you the world’s most inspiring art forms and experiences. Sometimes great art finds are a happy accident and others have been relentlessly pursued. No matter how Madam ZoZo finds duende, it will end up here.

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” – Pablo Picasso

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