Creative tourism is the new way for travellers to explore the world
and its diverse cultures. Increasingly, travellers of all ages are no
longer content with a superficial spectator view of the countries and
regions that they visit.
Instead, these, often sophisticated travellers are searching for a learning experience which involves them in the day-to-day lives of the peoples in whose countries they are guests.
Sometimes they will enjoy wine tasting at boutique vineyards or participate in cooking classes which specialise in the cuisine of a region. In the tropical rainforest climate of Northern Australia dive boats run courses in underwater photography and aboriginal culture is shared through activities such as basket weaving or traditional ways of finding and using bush medicines. Outback experiences might include learning how to make damper, sleep in a swag and dig for water on a camping trip to the red centre.
Although sight-seeing is usually an integral part of the experience of holidaying it becomes secondary to it as visitors and locals alike develop new relationships based on mutual respect and skills development.
This involvement in characteristics or traditions of an area also has the result of empowering residents so that they become teachers rather than mere producers of souvenirs or organisers of services.
Nowhere is this creative tourism more alive than in the field of
the arts, when visitors might learn to draw at artists’ studios or join
special painting or photography tours to areas of beauty.
In Port Douglas we have developed our own
series of workshops in glass artists’, painters’ and textile artists’ studios, most of which are not usually open to the public.
In October 2009 and 2010 Go Troppo Arts Festival held ten
day-long workshops in such diverse subjects as life-sized portraits in
clay, watercolours in the rainforest, etchings using perspex and making
your own gorgeous glass paper-weight under the guidance of a master
glass artist in his jungle hide-away.
Recently I have been speaking with Marcel Kras, an artist and web
designer from Holland, about creative tourism in Europe and other parts
of the world. Marcel is passionate about promoting the arts, artists
and art workshops through his website, Krazart.
If you are an artist living in Australia and wish to present your
work to a world-wide audience or if you run creative workshops that
might interest visitors, Marcel has a special invitation for you. Check it out
If you are thinking about a romantic get-away in Spain, Italy or Africa, which involves learning new art related skills, see what is on offer at Krazart.
Should you be reading this from far away and maybe dreaming of Australian dreamtime, outback, culinary or coastal activities, please check out this page again - soon - for a list of recommended cultural experiences from which to choose.
XXX Here's a great beginning with fabulous
art glass workshops
presented by well known North Queensland artist and designer, Judith Bohm Parr. Classes in 2013 start in July.
XXX It is hoped that our own, home-grown, Go Troppo
Arts Festival will have much to offer for ten days in October 2014. The weather is usually perfect then -
warm and balmy so why not 'go troppo' with local, leading artists? No
Australian artists and art workshop organisers this is your invitation to be part of tourism in Australia by promoting your art workshops on this site. Please fill in the form below if you would like to know more about how to become involved.
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