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Multicultural Travel News – News from Las Vegas, Chicago, Swedish Lapland and Germany

Thursday, Feb 10, 2022

Multicultural Travel News – News from Las Vegas, Chicago, Swedish Lapland and Germany

News Briefs:
  • The Year of the Tiger Roars Through Las Vegas
  • Black Life & Art Highlighted in Chicago’s Newest Exhibit
  • Off the Map Travel Introduces a Sami Cultural Immersion and Adventure Experience in Swedish Lapland With a Dash of Luxury
  • Jewish Commemorations in Germany in 2022
News Briefs
The Year of the Tiger Roars Through Las Vegas
The Destination Celebrates Chinese New Year with Special Experiences, Décor, and Culinary Offerings
Chinese New Year and the Year of the Tiger will be celebrated in spectacular fashion this February in Las Vegas. Resorts throughout the destination commemorate the occasion with an array of festive décor, vibrant and authentic experiences, and decadent culinary offerings and will present vibrant lion dances, inviting visitors to be a part of the festive experience. ARIA Resort & Casino celebrates the Lunar New Year with a main lobby that has been embellished with festive décor to honor the Year of the Tiger, including a hand-sculpted solid chocolate tiger and a 196-foot dragon that weaves its way around a money tree made of 88 golden coins symbolizing wealth and good fortune. Bellagio Resort & Casino presents a festive Lunar New Year display at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. On display through Saturday, March 5, the “Eye of the Tiger” installation was designed to bring prosperity and luck to all who visit, using the ancient practice of Feng Shui to create a serene environment. Made of more than 5,700 plants, the display is complete with lotus flowers, gold coins, silk-lantern chandeliers, and an 8,000-pound golden representation of the Tiger. Wynn Las Vegas commemorates the Year of the Tiger with festive décor throughout the resort, including gold-leafed tiger sculptures and hanging grand silk dragons in the Wynn Atrium. Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesars Palace, offering Northern Chinese in an elegant atmosphere, will offer Lunar New Year specials in addition to its extensive and authentic menu of noodles, soups, and handmade dumplings. Several MGM Resorts International restaurants are celebrating the Year of the Tiger with festive menus and specials, including a prix-fixe menu at Hakkasan Restaurant at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Other dining highlights include a traditional Dim Sum brunch at Jasmine inside Bellagio Resort & Casino, Hainanese Style Half Chicken at Lemongrass inside ARIA Resort & Casino, Fresh Abalone with Sea Cucumber at Blossom inside ARIA Resort & Casino, and Japanese Uni Sashimi at Morimoto inside MGM Grand Hotel & CasinoWing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas, the only Chinese restaurant in North America to hold a Forbes Five-Star rating, brings back its Chinese New Year Brunch from Friday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 11 to Saturday, Feb. 12.
Black Life & Art Highlighted in Chicago’s Newest Exhibit
Rebuild Foundation and Anthony Gallery announced a yearlong partnership to present a series of exhibitions spotlighting the importance of Black space, Black art and Black artists at the Stony Island Arts Bank in 2022. Run by Chicago native Isimeme “Easy” Otabor, Anthony Gallery, which is located in the Fulton River District of Chicago, will collaborate with artist Theaster Gates’ Rebuild Foundation to highlight emerging and established contemporary artists working in the field of African and Black American identity. Rebuild Foundation and Anthony Gallery kicked off the series on January 20th with ‘Is where it’s at!’, a special exhibition from Chicago-based Nigerian American artist Adeshola Makinde. ‘Is where it’s at!,’ a presentation of new and existing works drawing upon the celebrated EBONY and JET Magazines, pays homage to the Johnson Publishing Company’s reign in documenting, celebrating and amplifying all aspects of Black life in America. The exhibition’s title is a nod to musician Nina Simone’s “Young, Gifted and Black” performance at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, marrying themes of Black empire, Black life and Black music found throughout the archives at the Arts Bank. Makinde, whose work is informed by a strong social justice and activism lens, has had his work featured in collaborations with notable brands Nike, Nordstrom, Soho House, and Notre, to name a few. ‘Is where it’s at!’ opened at 5pm on Thursday, January 20. The exhibition will be on view at the Stony Island Arts Bank Thursdays through Sundays from 12pm to 6pm from January 21, 2022, to February 27, 2022. Rebuild Foundation and Anthony Gallery will collaborate throughout the year to produce and present a number of exhibitions at the Arts Bank. For more information about this collaboration, please visit www.rebuild-foundation.org.
Ade Makinde. Courtesy of Rebuild Foundation and Anthony Gallery. Photographer: Sulyiman Stokes.
Off the Map Travel Introduces a Sami Cultural Immersion and Adventure Experience in Swedish Lapland With a Dash of Luxury
The new Sápmi Experience is an Arctic adventure that offers an immersion into the lifestyles of northern Sweden’s indigenous Sami people with glamping in a Sami lavvu (teepee), newly built and upgraded with the comfort of a luxury cabin. The three-night experience takes place in the Sápmi Nature Camp on the Sjavnja nature reserve in Laponia, a living culture and nature World Heritage Site. The new program, exclusively offered by Off the Map Travel, launches January 2022 and is available through May 2022. Based on timing, guests will have the opportunity to experience either the area’s Northern Lights or the Midnight Sun. Participants will join with the Sami to learn hands-on cooking, reindeer herding, fishing and foraging for berries and herbs. They can also join a wildlife safari to spot moose and don traditional wooden skis for a Sami-guided ski tour with a special Swedish fikaexperience around a bonfire on the ice of a frozen river. The upgradedlavvus attend to the needs of today’s traveler with a solid internal structure, allowing for increased coziness and warmth while maintaining the design, sustainability and culture characteristic of the region and the Sami. Each lavvu sleeps two people and has a double bed, stove, cozy furnishings and en suite bathroom. “This new travel experience offers a chance to get away from it all to experience another world and another culture while not compromising comfort or sustainability,” said Jonny Cooper, Off the Map Travel, designer of the experience. “It’s also perfect for socially distanced travel,” he added. The new accommodation has been created by the founders of the Sápmi Nature Camp in Swedish Lapland whose mission is to create sustainable, personal Sami experiences that celebrate the native Lapland culture, nature and wellness. For more information visit https://www.offthemap.travel/the-sapmi-experience/, call +44 (0) 800 566 8901 or email info@offthemap.travel.
Jewish Commemorations in Germany in 2022
Augsburg, Bavaria: The Jewish Museum in Augsburg shows two exhibitions reflecting on Jewish life in the city. The exhibition “Jews through the Eyes of Others” (until September 4, 2022) questions clichés, prejudices, exaggerations, generalizations, and categorizations and asks the question: what role do Jewish museums play in perpetuating such projections? The exhibition “The End of the Testimony” (until June 5, 2022) focuses on memories of contemporary witnesses, and the question of how to maintain statements of oral history for the next generations. It shows written testimonies and video interviews of contemporary witnesses and focuses on the question of how we want to deal with this legacy in the future. Berlin: The New Synagogue which opened in 1866 is today the home of the Centrum Judaicum, which sees itself as a link between the past and the future. It serves as a site of research and documentation and brings Berlin’s vibrant Jewish history to life. The exhibitions “Under the wedding sky – weddings in Jewish Berlin” and “Telling Jewish Berlin. Mine, yours, ours?” (until June 12, 2022) unfold a mosaic of stories, experiences, and emotions, revolving around individual perspectives and personal relationships. The 28th Jewish Film Festival Berlin | Brandenburg (JFBB), the largest Jewish film festival in Germany, will take place this year from June 14 to June 19, 2022, in numerous venues in Berlin and Potsdam. The JFBB program aims to enliven political and historical debates, counter anti-Semitism, narrate Jewish themes beyond stereotypes, and offer points of contact for the audience. On the program are feature films, documentaries, retrospectives, international films of all genres, high-end TV series, (contemporary witness) talks, and panel discussions. Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia: On December 29, 2021, the Gürzenich Choir presents the concert “Georg Friedrich Handel: “Saul”, Oratorio for solos, choir and orchestra” (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST). Georg Friedrich Handel’s colorful oratorio “Saul” tells the royal drama of the first kings of Israel, and the struggle for rule over the Israeli people. Dresden, Saxony: In Dresden, the exhibit “Rethinking City History: Perspectives on Jewish Stories and Present Lifes” (until March 31, 2022) retraces the complex Jewish life in the capital of Saxony. Until today, objects of the Jewish past can be found in living rooms, basements, or garages, finding a new place within the exhibition. Guided tours, a blog series and a YouTube video provide a deeper insight into the project. Frankfurt, Hesse: The Jewish Museum Frankfurt is showing “Our Courage – Jews in Europe 1945-48” (until January 18, 2022). The exhibition is the first project of its kind to present the diversity of Jewish experience in the early post-war period from a pan-European, transnational perspective. The program is available for download hereFreiburg, Baden-Württemberg: On January 7, 2022, the public reading “His memory as a blessing – Jewish biographies in Freiburg” (12:30 EST – 3:00 EST) takes a literary look at the people and stories associated with the city’s Jewish history. The Freiburg Israelite Community offers religious courses for all age groups, a wide range of cultural activities, and tours of the synagogue. Jena, Thuringia: On January 19, 2022, the panel discussion “Jewish life in Germany: aspired to, achieved or lost ‘normality’?” (12:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST) is a project of the theological faculties in Erfurt and Jena, which examine the diverse relationships between Jews and Christians. In Thuringia, Jewish life traces back 900 years. During this time, there were many relationships between Judaism and Christianity, and there is still a lively dialogue until today. Reason enough to analyze the status of current mutual relationships: where are we standing? What are the living conditions like? Is there a ‘normality’?”
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About This Newsletter
Multicultural Travel News newsletter (MTN) covers travel news of interest to ethnic and niche travelers and those who market to them. We write about destinations that interest multicultural travelers or have outreach campaigns to travelers of Hispanic, African American, Asian American and other cultural backgrounds; women; LGBT travelers and people with disabilities.

Multicultural Travel News is also written for leisure and business travelers looking for what to see and do and for marketing executives interested in ideas, best practices and the business case for targeting so-called “minority” travelers. We cover cities and countries, hotels, airlines, cruise lines, convention and visitor bureaus, tour operators and other travel marketers with a multicultural angle. Multicultural Travel News is written and edited by Lisa Skriloff.

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