First and foremost, I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas yesterday, and for those that do not celebrate it, I hope that you had a fantastic day nonetheless. This break from university and work allowed me to focus and relax. Therefore I could reflect on 2015 and focus on ARCO Stories in 2016.
I have been fortunate to have travelled to many different places. Had the chance to learn about different cultures, their respective histories. And discover the personal and intimate stories of different people. On my return, I share what I have seen and experienced, but I can never truly replicate their stories. So, why not provide them with a platform for them to tell their stories their way.
AND SO… ARCO STORIES WAS BORN
ARCO Stories gives a voice to personal stories, and allowing individuals to tell it their way. Every person is an artist in their story. Here, we celebrate the diversity in each person’s stories and experiences, particularly within art, culture, and travel. Each story is personal and intimate (sometimes sensitive) account, which drives the author.
From music to photography, film to dance, we share our experiences in the arts. Along my journey, I have met creatives whose lives had changed around a moment—playing their first instrument, writing their first verse, dancing their first step, capturing their first photo. Along with sharing their stories, each artist will showcase their work, so you have the opportunity to enjoy it just as I have.
Celebrate the diversity in our world. Each story will showcase the uniqueness of cultures, from cuisine and language to relationships and mannerisms. Culture stretches beyond the boundaries of nationality, ethnicity, religion, and sexuality. Therefore, we will shine a light on some of the hidden aspects of our culture.
From the sandy beaches of Los Angeles to Glastonbury Festival to the Chinese New Year; we’ll share moments engraved in our memory. So we will provide an opportunity for people, from restaurateurs to festival organisers, to tell us about their livelihood, its history, their challenges and keys to their success.
ARCO Stories is a project aimed to share our passions and experiences. So we hope that you enjoy our stories and find one with which you relate. You are the artist in our own story. We encourage our readers to get in touch and share their story.