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A touch of culture

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A touch of culture
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Ibiza is internationally renowned for its music, however many may be unaware of it’s also thriving art scene. The island hosts such a wealth of galleries, workshops and events, that it would be tedious to list them all here. We will simply give you a flavour of the artistic smorgasbord that is available in the hope that it will tickle your taste buds enough to want to delve deeper into this vibrant world.

Galleries

If you like your exhibitions small and quirky, you won’t be disappointed by Ventana Contemporary gallery located in the elegant Marina Botafoch area. A permanent display of jewellery that has been crafted by a selection of well-known artists (including Tim Noble and Rebecca Horn) brings a Willy-Wonka vibe to the exhibition, with unusual pieces such as the fur ring by Meret Openheim, or the personalized watch by Tatsuo Miyajima which is set to count seconds in the time-lapse and order that the client wishes, raising the theme of times’ subjectivity. As well as this you will find the walls lined with canvasses from visiting artists that hold their own exhibitions for different time periods throughout the year.

If you are looking for a larger exhibition Arts Project Ibiza is a good option, consisting of two spacious warehouses filled with installation work by carefully selected international artists including an upcoming, highly anticipated exhibition named “Are you Alive?” by Jenny Holzer. And whilst you’re in the area, why not swing by the Club Diario de Ibiza? Not your run-of-the mill gallery, this space hold everything from solo exhibitions by local and international artists, to fashion shows, to talks on topical subjects with special guests, to one-off film screenings.

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Festivals

If you are the kind of person that likes your art al fresco, however, then the Bloop Festival will be right up your street (literally). Organizing a series of outdoor events, Bloop is an immersive street art gathering which occurs on a yearly basis is returning once more to the streets of San Antonio between the 16 of July and the 16th of August. The festivals’ popularity has been growing over the last six years with over 90.000 visitors in their last editions, and this year is set up to be no different. Their line up promises to extend to Ibiza Town and involves a series of large-scale, mind-blowing graffiti’s to add to the outdoor exposition already present in San Antonio. There will also be concerts, art workshops for adults and children and much more to keep your creative juices flowing. If you are not around for those dates there is no need to miss out, as the nature of graffiti makes the installations pretty permanent. Regardless of the time of year I suggest getting a Bloop map of the town marked with the locations of the murals and go off on your own pilgrimage of urban art.

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Children’s Events

With such a choice for adults seeking some creative inspiration, young artists to be might be feeling a little left out. Luckily groups like Ibiza Mama’s are here to help the development of the next generation of artists by putting on regular events such as a creative kids corner every Wednesday in Punta Arabi hippy market, as well as various family-orientated workshops and activities throughout the year.

Written by Catalina Ribas Pearce

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