Foto: © Authenticitys“When you visit a country, visit the forgotten artisans of the narrow streets because they are the ones who made that country! Do this, not to honour them but to honour yourself!” ― This blog post might serve as a reflection about the authenticity of travelling. Let’s think about what that word might mean in relation to both travel and art. So, if you think about travelling, you usually try to search for an authentic experience, something that goes beyond a typical encounter with a new culture of a country. “Travel like locals”- how often do we try to obtain this experience? You see, all too often art can be seen as an expression of showing the own culture, to demonstrate the lived experiences and the learning process. The artist’s work is a reflection of what his or her mind is about. Probably, what most of you always associated with travel in Europe is the exploring of museums, cathedrals and other historic buildings. Thus, the discovering of authentic art in a culture is part of tourism and travel. In this sense, the authentic experience of a culture that you visit is often given through the eyes of art you see and experience there. Probably the main reason why writing about the experience of art through travel is important is to show that art and travel aren’t far away from each other – contrariwise - they have some crucial connection points. Discovering beauty The experience of local art might provide you with an alternative side to learn from another culture and a deeper cultural understanding of the country you visit. However, it is not enough to find out what different ways of expression exist and to learn the disparities to your own culture. The condition is to try to understand the culture through local art. Only by then, the real beauty of a new culture can be discovered. “The World is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine There are plenty of things to be gained from going abroad: new friends, new experiences, new stories. And of course – new attitudes towards life. But travelling into another country may come with another benefit, too: Some scientists say it can also make you more creative. Imagine this prospering creativity that comes through travelling by discovering local art in your journey – a double learning effect. If you are really open to discover the beauty of a different culture through art, there are plenty of possibilities waiting for you. Maybe one of the most authentic local art expressions in a city can be seen in Street Arts. Like in on of our experience tours in Athens you are getting to know a different side of the town through the eyes of one of the most provocative and celebrated artists there. By experiencing this type of local art, you will gain a profound understanding of what is happening at the heart of the city through an unconventional way and support the artistic community that thrives there. Another example leads us to the local art experience in Buenos Aires, where you have the chance to visit the main galleries of contemporary art in the city with a specialist guide in this field. If you have ever wondered how a local artist sees his own culture – these experiences take you through the underworld of art and provide you with a deep understanding, far away from “normal” tourism. And of course – the pure beauty of artisan art pieces show precise traditions of a culture where you get to know the local side better. Like in tours through the Artists colony in Delhi the creative local communities can be inspiring for your own creativity and a stimulation to understand the foreign culture. In general, we should all invest more time and thoughts about art and the individual expression of views while we are travelling – because it is an alternative but direct way to discover the beauty of the culture in the country or city we are visiting.
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Foto: ©GreenpeaceDid you survive THE world's biggest shopping day last week? How many of you could not resist this year’s Black Friday- shopping? It’s no secret – for many people in this world, Black Friday is the most important shopping day of the entire year. Millions of so-called “Shopaholics” are ready to wait in line for hours and even to camp on sidewalks to rush through doors when the stores open, in order to get what they want – cheaper. Sales, Sales, discount, more, more and more – every year on a usual Friday-November the same commotion. Has this day become all about money, consumerism, and greed? As with many other organisations, like Greenpeace, we from Authenticitys would like to present you an alternative point of view about “Black Friday”: Ever heard of the campaigns #NoBlackFriday or #BuyNothingDay (#BND)? Some people believe that Black Friday represents a consumer culture, which is harming the planet. Out of this belief and as a protest against the capitalist strategy behind Black Friday, the Buy Nothing movement encourages people to take a stand by buying nothing at all or only buying handmade or used goods. Of course, the initiative behind Buy Nothing Day hopes that the idea will extend beyond just one day and provoke a new way of thinking and a sustainable solution. There are tons of things to do, rather than falling into the track of capitalism and to spend the money on unnecessary articles. More and more people are following this movement, spreading the critical message of sustainable awareness to the world and thus, triggering a new wave that is a step further to create a better world. Of course, also the tourism industry is affected by the massive surge of Black Friday. All the offers and tempting possibilities that are spread through the media are often hard to resist, especially in a new city, where everything seems new and exciting. All the more, it has become crucial for a sustainable world to behold to the insight, think twice and act in an alternative way. Watch out for our travel guide, sign up and get it for free. You might ask yourself now - how can I do that? There are a couple of things that offer you alternative solutions to “commercial shopping” where you support a sustainable environment. (Watch out our travel guide) A first step could be your own signature shopping bag. We all know, plastic is not good for our planet, as they end up in landfills that take forever to process. Thus, cloth bags instead of plastic bags are a great way to make a statement and to contribute to sustainability. And of course - shop local! “When you buy from a small business, you’re not helping a CEO buy his third holiday home. You’re helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy his team jersey, moms and dads put food on the table. Shop local. ” This quote sums up the shop local movement, one of our key messages. We believe that what you spend your money on is what you choose to empower. When it comes to travel, we’re passionate about giving urban travelers the chance to spend their money on businesses and initiatives that make communities better, rather than ones that build large international conglomerates more prosperous.
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