​Whether it’s a love affair with opera, a passion for fashion or cravings for the latest on the art and culture scene, Eden’s Travel Directors will peel away the layers to help you discover everything worth knowing about your next holiday. Here are just a handful of arty adventures you can enjoy at some of this year’s most wanted destinations.


Art lovers take note. No longer just a hot spot for sun worshippers, Miami is continuously evolving into one of the leading locations for contemporary art and vibrant culture. The newest addition to the arts scene, the Faena Arts District is moving in with a bang, and has created a truly-luxurious masterpiece with its cutting-edge, multi-million dollar art collection and theatre with a new avant-garde show.​

One of the things that makes Miami such a dynamic destination for art and culture is its thriving and ever-changing gallery scene. Wynwood is the epicentre, with more than 70 galleries in the mural-splashed neighbourhood, but other up-and-coming areas, like Little Haiti and Downtown, are attracting both artist studios and galleries. The scene extends to areas like South Beach, Historic Overtown and Little Havana too.


Art Basel
One of the largest art shows in the world, Art Basel is widely considered the most important and exciting time of year in Miami, and brings a certain electricity to the air each December. The city's own museums and galleries present their most compelling work, and you'll find a sophisticated international crowd of gallerists, artists, collectors, and glitterati flocking to the sands of South Beach and beyond. A simple stroll through South Beach or Midtown during the fair will offer public art and installations, unparalleled people-watching and unpredictable spectacles. And where there's art, a fashionable crowd is never too far behind, making Art Basel a whirlwind of non-stop revelry. Nightclubs host celebrity-splashed soirees and "pop-up" clubs dot the city from South Beach to Wynwood, offering fleeting experiences for night-owls.

San Francisco

San Francisco is a unique and breathtaking metropolis that  takes pride in its unrivalled attractions, renowned museums, and its unique neighbourhoods which are treasures of its own. And from the experimental to the traditional, San Francisco’s arts scene has something great for everyone. If your passion is fashion, then look no further than the Herbst Exhibition Galleries in the de Young Museum, set within the Golden Gate Park, one of San Francisco's greatest treasures.

Timeless beauty, class and fashion await here where, from 12 March to 30 May 2016, you can visit the gallery’s Oscar de la Renta Retrospective Exhibition, celebrating the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers, with more than 130 pieces produced over five decades, presented in collaboration with the house of de la Renta and the designer’s family.

​Organised into several thematic sections the garments will showcase everything from this much-loved designer’s early work; his Spanish, Eastern, Russian and garden influences; daywear and eveningwear; ball gowns and red carpet ensembles.

The presentation traces the rise of de la Renta’s career in Spain, where he gained his first commissions; his formative years spent in the world’s most iconic fashion houses; and his eventual role as a designer for many of the most influential and celebrated personalities of the 20th and 21st centuries. Additional pieces will be drawn from the designer’s personal collection, private lenders from around the world, and the Fine Arts Museums’ costume collection

Whilst visiting the de Young, you may also want to explore the Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden, where a host of contemporary works of art are scattered. Or head to the museum’s Hamon Tower Observation Floor at the east end of the museum, where you’ll find yourself 144 feet in the air, with some of the best panoramic views of the city, impressive views of Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco neighbourhoods, and the Golden Gate Bridge.


With an emphasis on cutting edge contemporary art by both emerging and established, international and local artists, there are always exciting new exhibits opening at Miami galleries. The monthly Second Saturday Art Walk is held throughout Wynwood and the Design District where galleries keep their doors open late and revellers and art aficionados come out for a party.


Miami Art Behind the Walls
Follow a local art expert on a curated walk through Miami's contemporary and street art hub. Take in Wynwood Walls and Doors, meet local artists and gallery owners in their studios, and eat at the famous Wynwood Kitchen.

South Beach Architecture Anew
Discover normally off-limits sights from South Beach's iconic Art Deco legacy including the Versace Mansion and the recording studio at the Marlin Hotel. End with a chef meet-and-greet at a top Miami restaurant.




Dolores Park

Hang like a local at this popular urban park and try your hand at tightrope walking, hula hooping, kite flying or just sit back and people watch. Try the best ice cream in town at the nearby, locally-owned Bi-Rite.


San Francisco's Beat Generation

Take a journey back in time and explore the cultural and literary revolution that occurred in San Francisco in the 1960's. Guided by a local expert, you will be amazed at the influence writers such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg had on the movement.


San Francisco Symphony

Join the Michael Tilson Thomas and the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony and treat your ears, eyes and soul to a stellar performance by one of the most prestigious orchestras in the world.


Australia isn't just a place you see, but a place you feel too. Its culture is founded on stories of battlers, bushrangers and brave soldiers; of sporting heroes, working heroes and plucky migrants.

Today the vast country also defines itself by its Aboriginal heritage, vibrant mix of cultures, innovative ideas and a thriving arts scene. It’s great value for money just now too, so there’s never been a better time to visit, and we’re sending on of our intrepid Travel Directors down under very soon, so watch this space for even more tips on how to make the most of your journey.

Perth International Arts Festival (February–March)
The Perth International Arts Festival is the oldest annual international multi-arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere and is Western Australia's premier cultural event. The first Perth Festival was in 1953 and now offers the people of Western Australia some of the best international and contemporary drama, theatre, music, film, visual arts, street arts, literature, comedy and free community events.

Brisbane Festival (September)
Brisbane Festival is a major international arts festival that explodes onto the scene each September with a thrilling programme of music, theatre, dance, opera, circus and major public events such as Sunsuper Riverfire – a pyrotechnic extravaganza set to an almighty soundtrack of the year's biggest songs and heart-pumping classics, and one of the most technically-challenging and electrifying firework displays in Australia, fired from multiple bridges, barges and city rooftops, and accompanied by aerobatics from the Australian Defence Force.





Cape Town, South Africa

Nowhere else is there a city that has so much to offer, which is why it's definitely worth more than just a stop-over to your African adventure; and cultural journeys form a big part of the experiences found in and around the city, even within the hotels.

Don't miss the Art Tour at Relais & Chateaux's Ellerman House, just ten minutes from the V&A Waterfront, with its own in-house Contemporary Art Gallery, and South Africa's most important private art collection of almost 1000 exhibits that depict the progress of Cape Town from the 19th century to the present day.


Set to debut this year, The Royal Portfolio's newest addition to its divine hotel collection, The Silo, will be a magical space towering above the V&A Waterfront and surrounded by the natural wonder of the Mother City. Built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex and occupying six floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – a modern art museum to rival the likes of the Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York and Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid.



Get set for the creative side of Dubai to come alive: with its brand new Opera District – a vibrant cultural community and events destination in Downtown Dubai. At its heart will be Dubai Opera, a 2000-seat multi-format venue styled on classic wooden dhows synonymous with the world-famous Dubai Creek, poised to host a plethora of opera, theatre, concerts, art exhibitions, orchestra, film, sports events and other seasonal programmes. The district will also be home to the dedicated Museum of Modern Art, and two art hotels.


Vivid Sydney - 27 May-13 June 2016
A festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Light transforms Sydney into a wonderland of 'light art' sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy – for free! It's a magical celebration of light-design excellence, the world's largest outdoor 'art-gallery': and a unique Vivid Sydney experience.


Vivid Music, meanwhile, presents a cutting-edge contemporary music programme, with a lively and eclectic range of live performances and ground-breaking musical collaborations from local and international acts performing at the iconic Sydney Opera House, to other large venues and small bars. At the heart of Vivid Music is Vivid LIVE, a programme of cutting-edge music at the Sydney Opera House, Australia's most famous building.

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei Exhibition, Melbourne, Victoria
An exhibition featuring two of the most significant artists of the 20th & 21st centuries exploring the influence of these two artists on modern and contemporary life runs up to 24 April 2016. Held at the National Gallery of Victoria, this exhibition presents over 300 works, including major new commissions, immersive installations and a wide representation of paintings, sculpture and more.






Just over an hour from Cape Town, the village of Franschhoek hosts an abundance of classical concerts, art exhibitions and jazz evenings alongside cellar tours, tutored wine tastings and award-winning dining experiences.


Dust off your berets and dress up in your finest red; white and blue for the Franschhoek Bastille Festival, which takes place on 16 and 17 July 2016. In a celebration of its French Huguenot heritage, the lively Bastille Festival includes a wine and gourmet fair, the world's oldest boules competition, a minstrel parade and more. Or finish the year off on a high note at the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival held in the village every December.








With a thriving community of local and regional talent, Dubai is now an important destination for art and culture lovers, with a wide spectrum of art shows and cultural activities: from Emirati-inspired celebrations to international film festivals, fantastic galleries, art exhibitions and a host of awe-inspiring events taking place year-round.

See the artistic side of Dubai


Tour the galleries of Alserkal Avenue, the Emirate’s secret arts hub and the go-to address for all things arty in Dubai. Home to ten contemporary art galleries you’ll also find the Salsali Private Museum, where the finest contemporary art is on display.


Visit Al Quoz – an industrial area that has, over the past ten years, emerged as a trendy arts district, with a plethora of galleries, cafes and concept stores sprouting up within and around the vacant warehouses. It’s an evolution not unlike that of New York’s Meatpacking District, notable for its makeover from a dusty, overlooked neighbourhood to a hip, arty enclave.


For such a small country, the Seychelles has a vibrant art scene that encompasses painters, sculptors, writers and poets, artisans, musicians and dancers. And having recently returned from an incredible trip taking in such heart-palpitatingly-gorgeous scenery, it's no wonder this dreamy destination inspires so much creativity. It's a destination that's still very much in our hearts, and definitely one to watch with mould-breaking new resorts popping up like the picture-perfect Six Senses Zil Pasyon on Félicité Island.

With such natural beauty of the Seychelles, it is with no surprise to discover that it has become the home and inspiration to numerous artists. Mahé and Praslin especially have a vibrant art scene, and are home to a number of well-known painters and sculptors. Most of them have their own art gallery, where they welcome guests to view their often island-inspired, colourful art works – so when you're exploring the islands, be sure to watch out for signposts indicating an artist's home!

If you want to take a piece of Seychelles' art home with you, check out the originals and prints at Christy's Art Gallery (in Quincy Street, Victoria, Mahé). Also on Mahé, on the outskirts of Victoria in the direction of the Beau Vallon beach, there is a small wooden teahouse which also houses a small gallery. Or there's the gallery of Christine Harter (Cafe d'Art, Praslin), which exhibits works in the rear rooms, and has a superb restaurant that stretches out onto the beach.

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