Inspiration is everywhere. It pays to look for it in new places. But often you’ll find it when you’re not looking at all.

Here are 5 places around the world you can be sure to find inspiration for the look, feel or purpose of your next event.

Street art in La Candelaria. Photo: Watch The World / Shutterstock.com
Street art in La Candelaria. Photo: Watch The World / Shutterstock.com
La Candelaria, Bogota, Colombia

A historic neighbourhood in downtown Colombia – La Candelaria has some of the most amazing street art in the world.

Narrow cobblestone streets are lined with murals on every corner from local and international artists.

And every piece has either a political or environmental message behind it.

The street art with its rawness and historical context inspires different styles and reminds us that even a simple brick wall can be striking if given purpose.

Borderless by teamLab. MORI Building Digital Art Museum. Photo: via teamLab
Borderless by teamLab. MORI Building Digital Art Museum. Photo: via teamLab
Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

The home of one of teamLab’s incredible installations – Borderless. A 10,000 sqm world of art without boundaries.

Wandering around immersed in the vibrant artworks, it’s hard not to get lost in a different world of thought and possibility.

Ponte Vecchio, Florence. Photo: Shutterstock.com
Ponte Vecchio, Florence. Photo: Shutterstock.com
Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Florence is like an open air museum.

The beauty in the architecture of its buildings and piazzas is sure to inspire you to think on both ends of the spectrum in terms of large scale mesmerising structures down to the tiny details.

The warm yellow tones which the city exudes during dusk and dawn create an irresistible sense of harmony. Which just goes to show the power of colour in creating the right ambience for your events.

The Louvre, Paris. Photo: TTstudio / Shutterstock.com
The Louvre, Paris. Photo: TTstudio / Shutterstock.com
Paris, France

Paris is packed with many well-known and less well-known arts precincts. But of course you can’t go past The Louvre – arguably the epicentre of art in Europe. The Louvre Pyramid – designed by architect Ieoh Ming Pei – just turned 30 in March.

Aside from the obvious reasons it’s on this list with its incredible art collection, The Louvre is a place that entices visitors from all over the world, encouraging hoards of people to come together to share in a piece of history, culture and human experience.

It’s that timelessness that we as event professionals aim to channel. And it’s what makes it so special.

The Rocks at dusk. Photo: Shutterstock.com
The Rocks at dusk. Photo: Shutterstock.com
The Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sometimes we forget to explore our own backyard. But there’s so much we miss out on if we don’t occasionally stop to look at our hometown through the eyes of a first-time visitor.

The Rocks has loads to offer when it comes to art, culture and history. Just walking around the cobblestone laneways, down the winding sandstone stairways and along by the water – there’s heritage all around.

This, combined with the modern contemporary works on offer at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, make for a whole lot of inspiration.

Especially during Vivid Sydney – with its immersive light installations and projections, performances by local and international musicians, and ideas exchange featuring leading creative thinkers – it’ll no doubt spur creative brilliance.

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