Anyone who is into theatrical performances would love to watch the greatest plays given the chance. And there is probably no better time and place to do that but when traveling to cities that are veritable havens for theatre lovers. If you are into anything theatrical, here are some of the best places to visit and catch a live performance.
Why go here: The city is a bastion of classical theatre with drama tracing back to the ancient times. It is home to many ancient and modern day playwrights. Its ancient Greek theatres such as the Theatre of Dionysus and Odeon of Herodes Atticus serve as a testament to its deeply-rooted theatrical traditions. Athens also boasts of more than a hundred theatre stages where locals and visitors alike can watch and enjoy the performances they want to see.
Why go here: Theatre lovers will find a wide array of theatres to choose from when visiting the city. Chicago has a vibrant culture and theatre scene with venues like the Goodman, Chicago, and Victory Gardens Biograph theaters among many others.
Why go here: London offers a wide array of choices for theatre enthusiasts. Top rated shows at the West End and the dramas featured at The Globe are just some of the extensive list of options for locals and tourists to choose from.
Why go here: Milan is home to numerous theatres and opera houses the most notable of which is the elegant and stunning La Scala. There is probably no better place to catch an opera performance but in this beautiful and culture-rich city.
Why go here: Theatre fans will have no trouble finding something to watch when in Moscow. There are several theatres to choose from including the world-famous Bolshoi ballet.
Why go here: Mumbai’s art, culture, and entertainment scene makes it an excellent destination for anyone who appreciates a good performance. Attractions like Prithvi Theatre and Horniman Circle Garden that features are among the best places to visit if you want to catch a play.
New York, US
Why go here: There are many good reasons to visit New York. The city is a treasure trove of musicals, plays, and a wide range of theatrical performances. But one word stands out for theatre enthusiasts around the world: Broadway.
Why go here: Theatres in the City of Light range from the classical and futuristic. It is also home to world-renowned theatres like the Opera Bastille, La Comedie-Francaise, and the Moulin Rouge.
Why go here: The birthplace of Mozart is brimming with cultural attractions. Some of the many points of interests theatre lovers can explore include the Salzburg County Theatre and the Salzburger.
Why go here: Japan has its own unique theatre traditions and Tokyo showcases most, if not all, of them. Popular and under the radar theatres offer a wide array of choices for anyone looking for a good show. Make sure to head to the traditional Kabuki theatre for a unique and spectacular performance.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R. R. Martin
For some, reading books is something only done before taking an examination at school or at work. But for others, reading books is something done to fully experience life at its best.
That being said, here are some points on the importance of reading books:
It teaches us that anything is possible.
Whoever says you can’t go somewhere magical has probably never read about Harry Potter. Whoever says your best friend can’t be your great love has probably never read about Rosie and Alex. Whoever says another world exists in a wardrobe has probably never read about the Pevensies. You see, anything is possible when you read a book.
It makes us feel.
Some people are good at hiding their emotions. Other people, on another hand, are good at expressing their emotions. Either way, reading a book will make a person feel – not just happiness but also sadness, not just sadness but also anger, not just anger but also hope, not just hope but also courage. Simply put, it will be a rollercoaster of emotions when you read a book – only in a positive way.
It reminds us that writing is art.
There are many forms of art, but nothing compares to writing. You see, the art and craft of writing – or more specifically, the art and craft of fiction – is something done to express one’s heart, as well as tell stories that will both wrench and kindle the hearts of readers. Even more so, it’s something done to express one’s mind, as well as tell stories that will both defend and ignite the minds of readers.
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There are many book related events that are on bibliophiles’ radar. But some literary festivals are right on top of many book lovers’ list. Here are some of the best ones for the bucket list.
Tokyo International Literary Festival
2-6 March 2016 | Tokyo Japan
Why go: An annual literary festival that features local and international talents including some luminaries in today’s literary scene
Berlin International Literature Festival
7-17 September 2016 | Berlin, Germany
Why go: A ten-day literary festival featuring an extensive list of writers from around the world, showcases a wide array of events including book readings and more
Brooklyn Book Festival
18 September 2016 | New York, USA
Why go: Brooklyn is home to several award-winning writers and its book festival is a massive event where writers from many countries gather
Vancouver International Writers Festival
17-23 October 2016 | Vancouver, Canada
Why go: World-renowned authors across the globe have been part of this annual event, several activities and events including a reading series held twice a month at the Vancouver Public Library
Miami Book Fair
13-20 November 2016 | Florida, USA
Why go: A literary gathering that draws book lovers from around the world featuring the Festival of Authors which serves as one of the event’s main highlights
Zee Jaipur Literature Festival
19-23 January 2017 | Jaipur, India
Why go: Zee Jaipur Literature Festival is touted as the “largest free literary festival on Earth” and features some of the biggest names in the literary world
May 2017 | Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, UK
Why go: A literature festival that draws hundreds of thousands of book enthusiasts from around the world; an intellectual gathering where various topics like education and politics among many others are discussed
Edinburgh International Book Festival
12-28 August 2017 | Edinburgh, Scotland
Why go: A UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh is also home to several literary attractions one of which is its annual international book festival; the literary festival features hundreds of bestselling authors and emerging literary talents