Luxury Hotel Brand Partners with Artists, Musicians, Museums & More for Cultural Experiences & Packages
7th March 2013 – It has been said that “Culture is the sum of all the forms of art, of love, and of thought,” and one of the most profound ways to experience culture is through travel. Whether contemplating traditional Peking Opera or marveling as a graffiti artist practices his craft, experiencing the art of a destination is key to understanding it. For travellers interested in the ancient and the modern, the fine and the popular, Fairmont hotels have forged partnerships that give access to artistic endeavors the world over.
Artists, in Residence
Fairmont has had a long history of supporting local artists, with many periodically hosting artist-in-residence programmes. This year The Fairmont Banff Springs elaborates 125 years of hospitality and is launching a programme in partnership with Mountain Galleries. Each month the artist chosen by Mountain Galleries will live and paint in the hotel for one week. They will work in designated spots throughout the hotel, giving guests the opportunity to watch the art come to life. The programme will give hotel guests the chance to become inspired artists themselves with the Artist in Residence Package. Available the third week of every month, the package includes two nights luxury accommodation, welcome reception and an artist led seminar. Rates start at CAD 249 (*GBP 161).
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is in the midst of planning a 2013 Summer Young Musicians in Residence Programme in partnership with PianoSonoma that will bring a variety of talented young artists to the resort. Gifted young Julliard artists will perform complimentary concerts in the Lobby Living Room, which will feature cameo performances from celebrated soloists. Piano Sonoma is a unique music festival that brings together Young Artists, current conservatory music majors or recent graduates, and adult musicians to collaborate and perform in private and public concerts and outreach workshops in Sonoma County. Summer rates at the resort start at USD 439 (*GBP 292).
The Fairmont Dallas has welcomed its first Artist in Residence of 2013, Phoenix-based graffiti artist DOSE. After twenty years as an urban artist working on abandoned public spaces and warehouses, DOSE gradually began to create multimedia graffiti art on canvas, a more traditional medium. Most recently, his colourful work has been featured in the Phoenix Art Museum and the Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport. Currently DOSE is living full-time in one of the hotel’s luxurious 25th floor suites and working in a glass-front studio located on the hotel’s “O” level. At the conclusion of the residency, a custom piece will be donated to the hotel’s permanent art collection. For art lovers, The Discover Dallas Art Package includes a private lesson in the “Art of Making Art” with The Fairmont Dallas’ Artist-in-Residence, an on-going programme with rotating artists throughout the year, and a lesson in the “Art of Buying Art” with a representative from The Gallery at The Fairmont. Guests may also explore the Dallas Arts District with two tickets to the Nasher Sculpture Centre, located just steps from the hotel. Rates start from USD 169 (*GBP 112) per night.
The Art of History
This summer guests at Colorado’s Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge can discover the rich history of Telluride through the eyes of knowledgeable local, Ashley Boling. The Telluride Historical Walking Tour provides a look at the mining town turned ski town and all the history that goes along with it. For even more insight, guests can visit the Telluride Historical Museum, which will receive a USD 25 (*GBP 17) donation for each reservation. Each guest will enjoy two or three bedroom accommodations, which sleep a maximum of six and eight people, respectively. The Telluride Historical Package includes tickets for the Telluride Historical Walking Tour for two, entrance to the Telluride Historical Museum for two, complimentary airport transportation from Telluride or Montrose Airports and complimentary valet parking. Available June – August 2013, rates start at USD 850 (*GBP 566) for a three-night stay.
Travellers to Fairmont Beijing can combine the best of the city’s past traditions and its contemporary art scene with the Behind the Scenes at the Peking Opera & 798 Arts District Package. Escorted by a private, English-speaking guide, the day begins at 798 art district with a guided gallery tour where guests will have the opportunity to meet artists face-to-face. In this decommissioned factory complex, the latest trends in Chinese contemporary art emerge. After lunch, the afternoon steps back in time over 200 years to explore one of China’s national treasures – Peking opera. Guests will visit the former home of one of the masters of Peking opera, get behind the scenes at a rehearsal of the National Peking Opera Company and cap off the day by attending a performance at one of China’s oldest opera houses. Including accommodation and breakfast for two daily as well as a private guide, transportation and entry tickets for 798 and Peking opera tour for two, the package is available until 30th June 2013 with rates starting from CNY 3,115 (*GBP 330) per night with a minimum two-night stay.
Fairmont Makati is bringing guests a Cultural City Exploration package that shows off the colourful culture of the Philippines. After museum visits and stopovers to popular historical destinations, travellers can then discover their favorite local delicacy with a special Filipino Afternoon High Tea. The package includes accommodation, daily breakfast for two people, hotel car services during the tour, a visit to Ayala Museum, Yuchengco Museum and the Filipinas Heritage Library, a Filipino-themed Afternoon High Tea for two at the Fairmont Lounge and a 60-minute signature spa treatments for two at the Willow Stream Spa. Available year-round, rates start at PHP 22,000 (* GBP 360).
Travellers who want to walk in the footsteps of the U.S.’s revolutionary founders and relive history can walk Boston’s famed Freedom Trail. Featuring sixteen historic sites, all significant to the country’s early struggle for freedom, the Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red brick line that connects the past to the present. The Fairmont Copley Plaza’s Freedom Trail Discovery Package includes a one-night stay in an elegant guestroom, two passes to the Walk Into History tour with an 18th Century costumed guide, two tickets to the three Freedom trail historic museums, and a copy of The Freedom Trail: An Artist’s View. Available year-round, rates start at USD 289 (*GBP 192) per night.
Artist McAlpine Miller was inspired by stars from The Savoy‘s rich history for a new collection of paintings that were unveiled in mid-November. To celebrate, the iconic London hotel has created an Icons Package to allow guests to follow in the footsteps of some of these famous visitors and experience the property’s exceptional Personality Suites. The package includes one night accommodation in a Personality Suite, which honors just a few of the more high-profile figures who made The Savoy their London home – Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra and Richard Harris. The package also includes a special tour with the Hotel Archivist, breakfast, a bottle of Champagne in room upon arrival and a GBP 100 spa treatment credit per person. Available year-round, rates start from GBP 1,600.
”A hotel for the outdoor adventurer and alpinist,” was the vision of Cornelius Van Horne, general manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway. By 1892 The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise was a mountaineer’s paradise, complete with guides from the Swiss Alps taking guests into the great outdoors – and in 1997 this tradition was revived with an in house team of modern Mountain Heritage Guides. The history of the Railway and Mountain Heritage Guide programme comes together with the Heritage Railway Hotel Package. The package includes accommodation and an activity for two with the hotel’s Mountain Heritage Guides, where guests will hear stories from days past, learn about wildlife and pick up tips on how to make the most of their journey. Also available is a self-guided tour of the Mount Temple Wing lobby gallery, detailing the history of The Chateau, the development of the railway and the Lake Louise area. Available year round, rates start from CAD 359 (*GBP 232).
Beatlemania swept across North America and Montréal in the early 60s, and on 8th September 1964, they gave two concerts during their only visit to the city, when 21,000 adoring fans descended on the Montréal Forum. That night, the Fab Four were to stay at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth after their performance, but fearing a riot, the authorities recommended they leave town instead. Not wanting them to fly out on an empty stomach, the hotel’s Room Service Captain whipped up a special meal that he delivered to the concert hall. Fifty years later, Pointe-à-Callière Museum is revisiting history with an exhibition about the mythical band. The Beatles in Montréal package includes one night accommodation, admission for two at the exhibition and souvenirs. Available from 29th March till the end of the year, rates start from CAD 239 (*GBP 154).
Art Inside & Out
Fairmont Pacific Rim was designed by James Cheng, the architect whose green glass towers helped create the term “Vancouverism,” which combines the best of Asia and the West Coast. Building on this artistic legacy, the hotel displays an array of photography, is home to two large public art pieces, features two art exhibitions and is a strong partner of the local artistic community. This year the hotel has created a seasonal package that allows guests to experience all of this with the Designed to Perfection package. The package includes accommodation in a Deluxe Room, signature welcome amenity with the hotel’s “Room for Passion” book, a self-guided art & design tour of the hotel, Guided Architecture tour of Vancouver with the Architectural Institute of BC, VIP Passes to the Vancouver Art Gallery and a picnic lunch from Giovane. Rates start from CAD 499 (*GBP 322).
Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv’s Art Package shows off the high style of this fast-growing European city. With an international reputation for cutting edge culture, The First International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Ukraine, ARSENALE, turned heads in 2012 (and will again in 2014). Including two-night’s accommodation, the package includes a private tour of the Pinchuk Art Centre, an international centre for 21st Century art founded by billionaire philanthropist Viktor Pinchuk. Also included are airport and rail transfers to and from the hotel and breakfast for two daily. Available Friday through Monday for a two-night minimum stay, the package is available year-round with rates starting from EUR 898 (*GBP 782).
Art lovers can go behind the lens this summer with The Magenta Foundation’s annual Flash Forward Festival Boston. Open to both professional artists and members of the general public, the one-of-a-kind photography event will take place from 16th – 19th May 2013 at Fairmont Battery Wharf. Everyone from the ardent art aficionado to the casual admirer will delight in this educational and eye-catching extravaganza, which will include indoor and outdoor exhibition space. Set against a picturesque waterfront backdrop, the festival will feature a carefully curated programme of lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions and receptions. In addition to showcasing the work of emerging photographers from North America and the United Kingdom, Flash Forward Festival Boston will also give guests the opportunity to network with important industry personalities, gallery owners, content developers and potential patrons. Rates at the hotel during the festival start at USD 469 (*GBP 312).
Fairmont Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra join together in harmony to offer music lovers the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Package. Offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Heinz Hall, home of the world-renowned PSO, the offer also includes fantastic seats to a classical, pops or holiday performance. Seven-day advance purchase is required for the package, which is available Fridays-Sundays from March-June 2013 and September-December 2013, based on the PSO schedule. The package also includes overnight accommodation, dinner for two at Habitat restaurant before the show, and a dessert amenity with a note from Maestro Manfred Honeck himself. Rates start at USD 419 (*GBP 279).
Allan Scott, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Art Gallery of Alberta, is the keynote speaker for an art-infused weekend in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Guests will spend four days surrounded by majestic mountains at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge where they will get the chance to reconnect with nature through art. Four artists will offer special art workshops and classes over a two day period, with guests taking home their very own work of art. The Food for the Soul Art Package includes three-nights’ accommodation, welcome reception, lunch and dinner on Saturday & Sunday, art sessions, self-made art to take home, gratuities and art supplies. Available 12th – 15th April 2013, rates start from CAD 699 (*GBP451) per person.
This summer, the Grimaldi Forum of Monaco is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s death with an event featuring more than 150 works of art from a remarkable private collection. The Fairmont Monte Carlo is offering the opportunity to visit “Picasso and the Côte d’Azur” from 12th July until 15th September 2013, when visitors will be able to take in the art of this master, in the region where he spent many summers. The Monaco Celebrates Picasso package includes accommodation, two tickets to the exhibition, buffet breakfast and all VAT and service charges. Rates start from EUR 395 (*GBP 344).
Fairmont Kea Lani, recently voted as having the “Best Hawaiian Cultural Programme” on Maui, offers a range of activities for guests who want a taste of local culture. Led by full-time Cultural Coach Jonelle Kamai, the programme offers authentic Hawaiian experiences that range from educational classes, to cultural music and celebrations, to local dining experiences. Guests can also explore some of Maui’s historical sites, such as Lahaina Town, Pi’ilani Heiau, Iao Valley and the Olowalu Petroglyphs, or visit attractions such as the Bailey House Museum, Maui Arts & Cultural Centre and The Baldwin Sugar Museum. Rates at the resort start from USD 519 (* GBP 345).
A Masai Cultural Experience at Fairmont Mara Safari Club gives guests the opportunity to meet Kenya’s most unique tribe – the Masai. With this offer travellers can visit a local Masai Manyatta (village) and experience the traditional way of living. Traditional huts made from mud and sealed with cow dung; demonstrations of the Masai women creating intricate, vivid and multicolored necklaces, bracelets and belts; traditional Masai dances performed by the males of the tribe and more is possible. Back at the camp guests can spend the afternoon on the banks of the Mara River before heading for guided walks and game drives in Kenya’s most famous reserve. This package includes accommodation in a luxurious riverfront tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner, a game drive, park fees, a two hour walking safari, and a visit to the Massai Manyatta. Available year-round, rates start from USD 649 (*GBP 432).
All rates unless noted otherwise are subject to availability, priced per room, per night, exclude taxes and gratuity and are based on double occupancy.
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