If you think you have to go to a major capital city to immerse in a vibrant creative culture, think again. Allow Prestige Holidays to introduce you the “other” side of Bermuda – and, when you’re ready, all its natural beauty will still be waiting…
Theatre from the Tempest to Hasty Pudding
With a role as muse to history’s creatives (dating back to Shakespeare’s The Tempest), Bermuda maintains a proud heritage of theatre. Its Musical and Dramatic Society has been a staple of the community since 1945, featuring a jam-packed schedule of concerts and shows, while the Harvard Hasty Pudding theatre group stages an annual show of its inimitable burlesque-style comedy at the City Hall Theatre. But the centrepiece of the theatrical calendar is the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts. Every year between January and March the island transforms into a hub of culture and creativity, with artists and performers descending from all over the world to share their talent.
“Bermuda’s backdrop of beauty has been muse to countless creatives, whose legacies and contemporary inspirations are everywhere.”
The island’s most important art is curated in one fantastic site at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. This treasure trove of astonishingly diverse works comprises more than 1,500 pieces, displayed in a worthy setting within the beautiful Botanical Gardens. The collection includes sculptures, paintings and drawings by artists as renowned as Georgia O’Keefe, Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth, all of whom have one thing in common – they drew considerable inspiration from this magnificent part of the world. The results speak for themselves and, side-by-side in this wonderful environment, the works are all the more evocative.
The Magic of Music
Perhaps the most visible (or should I say audible) of all the creative arts is the animated live music scene. From the 1940s jazz greats that once graced the island’s shores, to the pumping calypso bands that provide a soundtrack to festivals and other events, the island’s proud musical tradition lives on. Nowadays, while you may not find the likes of the old style crooners, if you want a fix of live music local venues like The Pickled Onion, the Hog Penny and the Fairmont Southampton Princess keep the heritage alive, with everything from pop and rock to cool, contemporary jazz.
If you’re visiting Bermuda to explore its creative side, I can’t think of a better place to recommend than the magnificent Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. Following recent renovations, the luxury facilities and sophisticated ambience are unsurpassed, and its stunning vantage offers front row seats to the jewelled waters of the harbour. Not only does its location afford access to Hamilton’s extensive culture, the hotel even has its own art collection. You can join a guided tour or simply spend time on your own admiring the works from prominent artists like Jeff Koons, Banksy, Andy Warhol and Ai Wei Wei.
“The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club truly is the cherry on Bermuda’s cultural cake.”