A Weekend of Revelry at Art Basel Miami Beach

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Art Basel Miami Beach

It’s time again for Art Basel in Miami Beach, an annual exhibition featuring modern and contemporary artwork from around the globe. Complementing the Art Basel fairs in Basel and Hong Kong, the Miami shows this December will include more than 250 gallery participants, each contributing their greatest paintings, sculptures, photographs and more. This leg of the fair draws crowds of more than 70,000 visitors from all over the world, each ready to experience the art world and all that Miami Beach has to offer.

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This year Art Basel will be featuring over 4,000 artists, each of whom contributes something different to the international collection.  The fair is set up in sectors that place similar works in categories such as editions, group exhibitions, thematic exhibits, film, and solo showcases. No matter the medium, there is a multitude of ways for visitors to enjoy the range of works on display. The schedule also includes a number of talks and panels as a platform for notable figures in the art world to discuss their knowledge with audiences. For guests who seek out the expertise of a guide, tours are also available to give context and provide deeper analyzation into the featured works. Even children have a space to call their own, with the Miami Children’s Museum providing crafts and activities for kids while parents visit the shows.

Food & Drink

With Art Basel being the central event, Miami Art Week draws in plenty of visitors to wine and dine their way through the city. Pop-up bars and menu collaborations are popular attractions as restaurants and brands seek to impress guests of the exhibition. Normally known as the bar Bitter Truth, the Basel House pop-up will feature live hip hop, art, and cocktails. The new NYC cocktail bar Employees Only will host a pop-up at the Washington Park Hotel with curated cocktails, a DJ, and a fortuneteller to top it off. A “sneak eat” of NYC favorite Luke’s Lobster will be at Wynwood Arcade for those looking to get a preview of the new location opening in Miami’s Brickell City Centre.


A world of travelers will be flocking to Miami to experience the art scene, but the city is prepared to party with both invite-only and public events for visitors to enjoy. 1OAK, known for its locations in NYC, Vegas, and LA, has in recent years taken over Miami’s Rockwell to bring in Art Basel guests. They’ll be joining together once again December 5th-7th with a lineup soon to be announced. David Lynch’s Parisian pop-up club Silencio is likely to return for their sixth anniversary with past performances from rapper A$AP Rocky, artist Michele Lamy, and composer Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe. LIV at Fontainebleau is known to host show stopping parties and will be the site of an impressive line up this year with Kendall Jenner DJing on 12/4, Bad Bunny on 12/5, Lil’ Wayne on 12/6, Alesso on 12/7 and DJ Khaled celebrating his birthday at the venue on 12/8. Story nightclub will also be drawing a crowd with a performance from Deadmau5 on Friday, 12/6.

Those with Art Basel on their calendar are in for a weekend full of fun thanks to the number of attractions keeping visitors occupied during their stay in Miami Beach. 

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    The Perks of Event Management Services

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    Event Management Services

    Organizing an event for groups small and large can often be a tedious undertaking when details begin to add up as the date approaches. Memorable experiences often require a range of skills to be employed in the organization process, leaving event planning to be a strenuous task for those with a work and home schedule already set. Event management services alleviate that weight, allowing a stress-free celebration with a background of industry professionals to handle the ins and outs.


    The preparation involved in planning a successful event can amount to hours of time added to your day-to-day tasks. While modern technology has made it seem easy, the extensive work required to track down viable services, products, and staff is much more involved than a simple Google search. Rather than making these decisions on your own, event management companies employ experts with a network of go-to connections whom they can rely on to provide only the best for their clients. Instead of testing out resources you have had no firsthand experience with, event managers have developed trustworthy relationships that allow you to remain at ease during the decision-making process.

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    Whether your gathering is for personal or business purposes, it is likely that your experience in event planning is limited in comparison to those who pursue the industry professionally. The learning-curve for the planning process isn’t the same for everyone, but with an event management company, you won’t even have to worry about becoming an overnight expert. With years of experience in the industry, these companies have seen it all and know how to handle the operational procedures from beginning to end. They supply an invaluable amount of knowledge in the field, and can offer the best recommendations for you to have a memorable celebration.

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    Cost Efficiency

    With organization being their priority, event management companies are always aware of where money is being spent and for what purpose. When a strict budget is in place, event managers aim to ensure their clients are only buying what is necessary and not making any mistakes with their checkbook. They often receive competitive rates for various products or services due to their industry connections. These types of perks aren’t available when planning an event on your own, and can help make your event take less of a hit to you or your company’s bank account.


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    Outside of the detailed planning process for social gatherings, managing the production on the day of the event is best left to a third party. As a host, you’ll want to focus on making sure your guests are enjoying the festivities. Things like event staff, décor, dining structure, and entertainment scheduling are all elements that event managers are experts at handling. Their presence will help to alleviate the stress or nerves that can accompany an important gathering, and instead you can enjoy the celebration right alongside your guests.

    The numerous moving parts required in putting on a successful event can be difficult to maintain when factoring in a busy work schedule and home life. Considering a management company to organize your next event can lift a weight from your shoulders and allow you to create an impressive and unforgettable experience.


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      Enlighten the Senses at the Life is Beautiful Music Festival

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      Life is Beautiful

      Las Vegas is world-renowned for its reputation as “Sin City”—the one stop shop to indulge in guilty pleasures like wild nightclubs, lavish hotels and extravagant dining destinations. With millions flocking to Vegas every year for their share of the merrymaking, it’s only natural to incorporate music into the agenda in the form of this September’s fresh and trendy Life is Beautiful music festival.

      Setting up camp in Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful hit the scene in 2013 as a two-day festival targeting not just tourists, but all of the city’s music-loving locals. After growing to three days in 2014 there was no turning back. Vegas had a new attraction to join the multitude of activities entertaining Sin City’s finest. Thousands of attendees have returned year after year to experience the festival’s unique offerings that involve more than just an enticing music lineup. Marketing itself as a “movement” more than just your average music festival, Life is Beautiful embraces the creative in also featuring artistic and public speaking talents that put a twist on the attraction.


      While there are plenty of perks to snagging a ticket to this year’s festival, one of the biggest draws is of course the rockstar lineup highlighting some of the hottest contemporary musical acts. Hip hop fans will be excited to find J. Cole headlining along with G-Eazy. Major Lazer is set to bring their island EDM vibe while Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers will contribute their folksy sound. Buzzed about up-and-comers such as Alunageorge, Duke Dumont, and Galantis will have their time in the spotlight alongside seasoned veterans like The Shins, Jimmy Eat World, and Bloc Party. Electronic pop group Empire of the Sun was recently added to the lineup and is sure to impress, known for their theatrical performances. No matter your music taste, there’s something for everyone on the Life is Beautiful stage.


      Lively music fans need to keep their energy up for the three-day event and the options for festival cuisine will have attendees all charged up to cheer on their favorite artists. The culinary villages offer a variety of delicious selections from local chefs showcasing their best dishes. Whether you’re craving sushi, pizza, nachos, or any of the other appetizing creations available at the numerous vendors and food trucks, guests should arrive hungry and ready to grub.


      When they aren’t grabbing a bite, guests will be able to feast their eyes on the many murals and installations that decorate the Life is Beautiful landscape. Their art program incorporates hundreds of pieces by emerging artists from across the globe. Immersive experiences are also a highlight, as the Art Car will travel the festival grounds utilizing mobile technology to host roving DJ sets. Outside of festival grounds there will also be exhibits available to enjoy at local site-specific locations like the abandoned Town Lodge and Western Hotel Casino. Downtown Las Vegas becomes a host for the art scene allowing festival goers to take in a bit of cultural enlightenment in the midst of the festivities.


      Along with the artwork, numerous public speakers with a variety of backgrounds will make appearances at the festival to enlighten their audiences about their areas of expertise. Last year’s talkers included everyone from actress Rosario Dawson to scientist Bill Nye, who each came prepared to educate the crowds in the form of personal storytelling and interactive chats. You’ll be sure to learn something new from speakers who aim to contribute to the Life is Beautiful movement and change the world for the better.

      Music fans will get a well-rounded experience at Life is Beautiful, making it one of the most intriguing festivals to spring up over the past few years. The unique Downtown Vegas location combines the desert festival vibe with a bustling metropolis that’s made to party. Join the musicians, artists, and speakers this September 23rd-25th as they bring their A-game in order to turn the Life is Beautiful into a staple of the music-lover’s festival circuit.

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        Serving up Culture at the Taste of Chicago Festival

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        Taste of Chicago

        Foodies from all over the world unite each year at the variety of Taste Festivals held in celebration of dining at some of the world’s most popular destinations. From Sydney to Hong Kong, these festivals highlight restaurants who serve up delicious bites that represent the best of their culture. Taste of Chicago is one of the largest in the world, and is set to dish out a good time for those attending the event this July.

        The History

        When traveling to a new city, getting a grasp on the local food and culture can involve weeks or even months worth of sampling the variety of local restaurants. At Taste Festivals, attendees can dig in by trying out the diversity of food options in one fun-filled week. The original Taste of London in 2004 helped ignite the now world-renowned Taste Festival series. Spreading to the rest of the UK and eventually to fifteen different cities worldwide, the Taste of Chicago event stands out as one of the favorites, and has grown to be the world’s largest food festival.

        Taste of Chicago

        The five-day event taking place in Grant Park from July 11th-15th boasts free admission for guests to indulge in Chicago favorites, specialty diverse dishes and creative plates from local chefs. Experts in the culinary field also host cooking demos to enlighten crowds about their tips and tricks of the trade. Attendees are welcome to try out each booth as they dish out unique flavors for crowds to enjoy. Drinks are also a highlight of the event with tents for Anheuser-Busch beer, signature drinks and wine to add a buzz to the excitement.

        Performances & Activities

        Taste of Chicago visitors are sure to be impressed by Lake Michigan’s picturesque scenery during the week of food and activities. The lakefront location makes for a pleasant skyline view to complement the warm July weather as attendees also get to experience Taste of Chicago’s many performances and exhibits. The Street Art & Graffiti Alley will feature artists producing live paintings. The Stomping Grounds Chicago area will be dedicated to dance performances featuring acts by local companies. With music performers like The Flaming Lips, George Clinton and Brandi Carlile, crowds are sure to jam out to this quintessential summertime event.

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          Experience NYC at the Tribeca Film Festival 2020

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          Tribeca Film Festival

          The 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival 2020 will take place this year in Tribeca, New York, from April 15th-26th. The festival is one of the highest-acclaimed film festivals in the country and will include films by Jared Leto, Christoph Waltz, and Margot Robbie along with 103 other documentaries and indie films. Making it their personal mission to promote equal opportunities for filmmakers of all backgrounds, 40% of this year’s features were directed by women and 29% were directed by people of color. Their exceptional standards make for a festival that recognizes only the highest quality talent in the industry and showcases a diversity of stories to be told. Those planning to attend the Tribeca Film festival will have a range of places to stay, dine and party during the almost two weeks worth of festivities.


          Baccarat Hotel New York

          A 5-star experience from start to finish is what you can expect when you stay at the Baccarat Hotel New York. Just a short ride away from the Apollo Theater, the Baccarat is a prime location for festivalgoers to have easy access. Unwind after a long day at their award-winning spa, or head downstairs to the bar and lounge that offers unique cocktails and great views of the city.

          Situated in Downtown Manhattan, the Four Seasons is just a quick trip to Tribeca, giving you plenty of space to enjoy the whole city. The landmark luxury highrise offers guests chic rooms with a wide variety of amenities such as espresso machines, marble countertops and showers, and 24-hour room service.


          The Greek

          The Greek can be found in the northwestern area of the neighborhood and serves up classic Greek fare in an atmosphere that is both unpretentious and unassuming. The Greek is a Michelin Star-holding restaurant that sticks to classic Grecian cuisine like moussaka and shrimp saganaki.

          China Blue

          China Blue serves up the highest quality Asian cuisine that you’ll find in the city. This eatery puts modern twists on classic Asian dishes, such as lion’s head meatballs and crispy skin-on eel. The interior design truly channels 1930s Shanghai, with a high-quality ambiance and a feeling of community.



          Terroir Tribeca

          Located in the heart of Tribeca, Terroir offers guests an extensive wine list along with cocktails and a full food menu. Terroir would be the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine after a day of watching films and networking with the festival’s industry attendees.

          Belle Reve

          A dimly lit bar that serves eclectic and timeless cocktails, Belle Reve is a neighborhood favorite in Tribeca. Their traditional cocktail menu stays consistent throughout the trends of the industry, and that’s often the reason people keep coming back. Their perfectly executed elixirs make for a notable destination while you’re in the neighborhood.

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