Summary of “The five most creative cities in the world?”

Historically, cities are an essential ingredient for creating great art, from Classical Athens and Renaissance Florence to post-war New York and swinging London.
The international art map is changing, and a new generation of cultural hubs is emerging, well away from global financial centres, property developers and blue-chip art dealers.
While a trust fund feels like a prerequisite for making it as an artist in the likes of London, New York and Paris today, this new generation of art cities exists well beyond the canon of Western art history.
Often overshadowed by its flashier neighbours Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Sharjah is finally getting its chance to shine-thanks to its sheikh with a penchant for art and poetry, and his creative family.
The city is creating a reputation as the place in the UAE for creativity and a cutting-edge cultural agenda, and in recent years its cultural calendar has flourished, with events such as the Sharjah Biennial for contemporary arts, a newly launched graphic-design biennial, and the Islamic Arts Festival.
The Sharjah Art Foundation, led by Hoor Al Qasimi, is a hub for contemporary art in the region.
In addition to the Sharjah Art Foundation’s art spaces, and Sharjah Art Museum, he recommends the Maraya Art Centre and 1971 Design Space for contemporary art and design.
In 2018 the Serbian capital’s contemporary art biennale, October Salon, captured the attention of the international art community by hosting Yoko Ono and exhibiting works by Anselm Kiefer, Takashi Murakami and Olafur Eliasson, alongside those of Serbian artists including Nina Ivanovic, Aleksandra Domanović, Ivan Grubanov, and Maja Djordjevic.

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