Are You A Culture Lover?

Food for the Soul of a World Culture Lover

Welcome fellow culture lover! We are willing to bet that when you read one of our stories about someone a world away, you will learn something new...and you will recognize yourself. Welcome and enjoy! And check out our sister YouTube channel Flip the Lens, where people from all walks of life create and contribute videos about what it means to be a human!

Below you can find more than 200 inspiring and thought-provoking stories about people around the world who are creating and preserving culture. Through interviews and profiles, you'll meet indigenous artisans, pioneering activists and innovators, dedicated preservationists, spiritual seekers, global visionaries and a host of others, who each relate their inspiration, process, techniques, and heritage. You'll also learn about their personal epiphanies, challenges, breakthroughs, and hopes for the future for at the heart of all culture is our shared human condition.

A Feast for the Culture Lover | 200+ Stories of Cultural Creators Around the World

We offer the culture lover stories and interviews with culture creators in 16 categories: ArchitectureDanceFestivalsFolk ArtFoodGardens & LandscapesLanguage & LegendsMaritimeMusicSpiritualityTextiles; and Visual Arts.

We are willing to bet that when you read one of our stories about someone a world away, you will learn something new...and you will recognize yourself. Welcome and enjoy!

Architecture

Alhambra Palace Architecture Granada

Think of any city in the world, and chances are you immediately call to mind an iconic skyline or building–the pyramids of Egypt, Gaudi’s Sagrada Família in Barcelona, the Taj Mahal in India, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru. This cultural uniqueness is called “genius loci,” which means the “spirit of a place.”

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Changemakers

Arn Chorn Pond

Culture encompasses the past, the present and the future. Culture includes heritage and tradition, as well as creativity and innovation. To endure, be sustainable, and remain relevant, culture is dynamic and ever-changing.

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Cultural Immersion

Culture Lover | Cultural Immersion

Are you eager to have an authentic cultural experience in your next destination…but aren’t sure how to? Keen to understand how people in other parts of the world live…but don’t know how to go about meeting locals? We can help! We love to share ideas on how to travel with locals.

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Dance

Culture Lover | Flamenco Dancing

Dance is a powerful mode of communicating in a visceral way. Before the invention of written languages, dance was a primary method of passing stories down from generation to generation. Dance is an intrinsic part of life on many levels–social, ceremonial, competitive, eroctic, martial or sacred.

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Festivals

Culture Lover | Mexico Masked Celebration
Festivals are a way to become part of a region’s community. Whether religious or seasonal, somber or silly, formal or casual, festivals mark an occasion that has some type of meaning for the people who honor it. Festivals are a window into the shared traditions and history.

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Folk Art

Culture Lover | Folk Art
Folk art expresses cultural identity by conveying shared community values and aesthetics and often reflect ethnic, tribal, or religious beliefs. Folk art encompasses a range of utilitarian and decorative media, including cloth, wood, paper, clay, metal and more.

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Food

Culture Lover | Food
Food is one of the most tangible and evocative cultural manifestations there is! If the main ingredient in “Culture” is identity, who doesn’t consider their favorite dish to be an integral part of who they are and where they come from?

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Gardens and Landscapes

Culture Lover | Gardens and Landscapes

Gardens and landscapes are two different ways to encounter our natural physical surroundings. Gardens are an aesthetic arrangement of nature, whereas landscapes may or may not have reflected intervention by humans.

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Language and Legend

Culture Lover | Language and Legend

The need to be heard and feel understood are part of our shared, universal human condition. A common understanding of how units of sounds and symbols are organized, written and spoken facilitate understanding and effective social interaction.

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Maritime

Culture Lover | Maritime

Maritime traditions reflect the tangible and intangible dimensions of the nautical life and encompass hard skills such as boat-building, fishing, salt harvesting as well as nuanced and mystical rituals, ceremonies and festivals.

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Music

Music

If language is a cultural construct that allows we humans to process and communicate ideas and thoughts, then music is the medium that enables us to share our hearts and souls with each other.

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Preservation

Preservation

One definition of preservation means to "keep alive". The desire to honor and share what we find meaningful seems to be hard-wired into our DNA. Neolithic man created cave art, alphabets began emerging around 2000 B.C.

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Spirituality

Spiritual Practices

A desire to connect with the Divine is a part of the human experience and how we make that connection personally is our spiritual practice; how we access something larger than ourselves as a collective creates a culture.

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Textiles

Textiles

Textiles are a material manifestation of history, memory, and place, telling the story of people’s relationship with each other, their landscape, their culture–as well as chronicling the influences of conquerors, colonists, pilgrims, and trading partners.

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Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Humans process information better visually than by any other means. With 90% of the data transmitted to the human brain being visual, its not surprising that the visual arts is such a diverse and far-reaching mode of cultural transmission.

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