Cultivating Culture

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The South is known for its culture. In fact, it is so well known that merely adding the word ‘southern’ can enhance the meaning of another word. While ‘belle’ simply means beautiful, a Southern Belle is a graceful lady, dedicated to family and community. Hospitality is nice, but Southern Hospitality exudes a welcoming and warmth that is unique.

The roots of southern culture can be traced to the antebellum period and the various religious and societal norms of the time. In the modern era even more regional diversity has come into play with the Gullah, Geechee and several indigenous groups celebrated for the uniqueness that they impart to the area.

It is no wonder therefore, with the wealth of influences in the south, that the citizens would be proponents of culture in general. Indeed they have shown the same grace and hospitality to events that bring art, music and celebration to the area as they do to tourists and visitors.


For the music connoisseur there is hardly a span of more than a few months between events that are sure to get toes tapping. World renowned music celebrations such as the Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto draw visitors to the area, and locals have their pick of options to hear live music all year long.

Wake up your ears early in the year with The Spring Jam Music Fest, The Savannah Music Festival or the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration, then keep your dancing shoes handy for Spoleto, A Taste of Beaufort, Moja Arts Festival, and all the way through Music To Your Mouth.


Artistic creativity abounds in the South, and whether you’re looking to pick up a piece from a master at auction, or create a sidewalk masterpiece of your own there are ample opportunities for seeing artistic expression.

The season starts off with the SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival in Savannah, which allows participants to chalk their own works on the sidewalks of Forsyth Park. A Taste of Beaufort follows only a week later and the Hilton Head Island Art Festival not long after that. After the heat of the summer months dwindles the Moja Arts Festival, Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival and Hilton Head Art Auction, all occur in quick succession. Finally, the year closes out with the Hilton Head Gullah Celebration in February.

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