Three Airbnb Experiences to celebrate Vincent's birthday
On 30 March, art lovers around the world will celebrate the 166th birthday of the Netherlands’ most iconic painter, Vincent van Gogh. While many fans flock to see the artist’s work at major exhibits, few know about his early life. Vincent van Gogh was born in Brabant, in the south of the Netherlands, in 1853. This was the beginning of his exceptional talent and his headstrong character. It was in Brabant that he developed his love of the countryside and of real people, themes that would recur in all his works. In homage to Van Gogh, Airbnb is launching three new Social Impact Experiences.
Get closer to Van Gogh’s homeland - Nuenen
Art lover and passionate host, Hans, lives in the town of Nuenen and works as a guide at the local Vincentre museum. On his Experience, guests start at the museum but then go beyond to discover some of the 23 locations that played a part in Van Gogh’s early life. With special access to Van Gogh’s local church, guests are invited to follow in Van Gogh's footsteps and share his sources of inspiration.
Van Gogh’s native soil tour; the master’s roots - Zundert
Theater producer, Peter, born in Brabant, was inspired by van Gogh from an early age. Taking you to Vincent’s birthplace, Zundert, this Experience starts in the parsonage where Van Gogh's father worked and includes a visit to the ‘hands-on’ interactive exhibits at Vincent van Gogh’s House. Peter takes you behind the scenes, granting access to little known places, including the local church where Vincent's older brother was buried.
Becoming Vincent van Gogh tour - Etten-Leur
Host, Vincent, is a local expert on the artist. On this Experience, Vincent welcomes you to his home with a local snack and reveals why the town of Etten-Leur was so influential to Van Gogh, along with one of the artist’s best kept secrets. Discover what inspired Vincent, and what was most important to him as an artist, son, brother and loved one.
Airbnb supports the preservation and development of Van Gogh heritage in Brabant
While many fans flock to see the artist’s work at major exhibits, few know about his early life. In homage to Van Gogh, Airbnb is launching three new Social Impact Experiences in partnership with Van Gogh Brabant, part of the Van Gogh Heritage Foundation, to encourage visitors to follow in the artist’s footsteps in the picturesque but little-visited region of Noord-Brabant - Van Gogh’s home and the inspiration for much of his early work. 100% of the profits will go direct to the non-profit.