Light and film festivals, art fairs and jazz concerts. With its numerous locations, Waldorf Astoria hotels and resorts are perfectly placed curate the ideal experience for you
September 27—30 2018
Expo Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, has put Chicago firmly on the art-fair map, making the city a destination for art collectors from all over the world. Get lost in a maze of arty offerings from the world’s leading galleries, presented below the dramatic vaulted architecture of the historic Navy Pier. Don’t miss the Exposure section featuring young and emerging artists, the In/Situ display of suspended sculptures and site specific works by leading artists, or Expo Video, a dynamic screening program for film, video and new-media works. Book your stay at Waldorf Astoria Chicago, where Parisian-inspired elegance is located in Downtown’s prestigious Gold Coast neighborhood.
Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair
November 9 – 11 2018
This increasingly fashionable art fair – now in its sixth edition, has fast-established itself as the ‘chic mainstay of the Chinese Art Market’ and a new, must-attend event on the international contemporary art calendar. Once located on the Bund, but now too big for the Art Deco buildings it used to occupy, the fair is composed of international blue chip such as Gagosian and young, emerging galleries exhibiting over multiple sections —Main Galleries; the solo exhibits of 1+1 Projects; an outdoor sculpture section and Public Projects among them, along with a series of symposia—at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund is the fairest hotel in the city and located a 20-minute drive from the action.
Amsterdam Light Festival
November 29 2018 – January 20 2019
Featuring over 35 contemporary works from an impressive array of international designers and artists, the seventh edition of Amsterdam’s annual Light Festival is not to be missed. The light-based artworks will be displayed along two routes – Water Colors (the boating route) and Illuminade (the walking route) – lighting up the city over the festive season and into the new year. Book your stay at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, right in the heart of the city with breathtaking views of the canals and the city’s largest private courtyard garden.
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary
January 16 – 20 2019
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary is set to be the first fair of the busy Palm Beach art season. Conceived by Art Miami, it will be the newest addition to Miami’s flourishing art scene, focusing on work from blue-chip galleries that appeals to collectors at the higher end of the market. This will be a fair that promotes “investment-quality works of art,” explains founder Nick Korniloff, setting it apart from the rest of the Palm Beach art fair circuit. Plan your visit from Boca Raton Resort and Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort that offers an array of activities including golf, boating and private beach access.
Panama Jazz Festival
January 12 – 20 2019
The 14th edition of the annual Panama Jazz Festival, 2017 is set to be a stellar jazz showcase. Over the five days, Panama City comes alive with the best jazz the world has to offer. Artists include the award-winning Esperanza Spalding and world famous jazz singer Dianne Reeves, amongst many other big names and up-and-coming artists. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the passion, creativity and music that engulfs Panama over the second week of January.
Book your stay at Waldorf Astoria Panama, the first Waldorf Astoria in Latin America, combining the classic Waldorf experience with the vibrant Latin American culture of Panama City.
Sundance Film Festival
January 24 – February 3 2019
Now in its 41st year, America’s biggest independent film festival has become the launching pad for many of the movies that dominate Oscar season. Waldorf Astoria Park City is in the heart of the festival action and with Jon Hamm, Usher and Hilary Swank all in attendance last year, star-spotting potential is ludicrously high; you may even get a glimpse of festival founder, the evergreen Robert Redford.
There’s a trail of popcorn leading right from the silver screens of Sundance to Waldorf Astoria Park City.
Berlinale Film Festival
February 7 – 17 2019
The annual Berlinale Film Festival is the perfect combination of Hollywood glamor and European cool. Tickets sell out fast (and lines are long), so be sure to get yours online in the days leading up to the festival. Apart from the films on show at over 20 cinemas, there are talks, lectures and exhibitions, many held in English to ensure they cater to a diverse audience.
Stay at Waldorf Astoria Berlin, a luxury Art Deco oasis in Berlin’s City West with spectacular panoramic views of the city.
Palm Springs Modernism Week
February 14 — 24 2019
A week-long celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture and fashion with an eclectic mix of events, from film screenings to bike tours. Visitors can even take a piece of the modernist movement home with art, furniture and homeware items available to buy at the Modernism Show & Sale.
Stay at La Quinta Resort and Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, located 30—40 minutes’ drive away from the citywide celebrations.
Beverly Hills artSHOW
May 19 — 20 2019
For 45 years, the Beverly Hills artSHOW has taken up residence in the heart of the city once a year. Today, it hosts over 245 artists from around the world, showcasing works in a wide range of mediums, from painting to ceramics. With artists in attendance too, there’s plenty of opportunity to learn more about the works on display from the creators themselves. Since its inception, the show has offered free access to all visitors, welcoming crowds of over 40,000 people each year.
Retreat from the art crowd to the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, located only a two-minute drive from the show.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
August 2 – 26 2019
Come one and come all to Auld Reekie for the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With a smorgasbord of events taking place across the city, from all-singing, all-dancing musicals to stand-up comedy shows on board a double-decker bus, every taste is catered to. The sprawling scale may at first overwhelm, but the trick is to be spontaneous and follow wherever your cultural nose leads you along the Royal Mile.
Stay within walking distance of all the festival action at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh — The Caledonian.