From large-scale art installations to sustainability workshops; the events at Art With Me celebrate immersion over escapism.

Tulum is having its first arts and culture festival, Art With Me
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Tulum, the coastal town on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, has been a magnet for young tastemakers from all over, whose hotels, restaurants, and shops have come to define a new aesthetic. Those who have visited know that this creative energy is palpable — and now, there’s a way to be part of it.

Kicking off its inaugural iteration Thursday, May 10, a four-day arts and culture festival, called “Art With Me,” will bring together local businesses to showcase the town’s talent.

There's a packed itinerary — including music, art, food, and wellness — that seeks to educate visitors and residents on the environmental issues concerning the area.

“This is a learning process for all involved,” said founder David Graziano, who has opened boutique hotels Ahau, Alaya, and Villa Pescadores since moving to Tulum in 2013. “But what better way to learn how to protect something than by celebrating it?”

Some of the eclectic events include a late night set by electronic music duo Thievery Corporation at Papaya Playa Project, a fully robotic orchestra using traditional percussive instruments from Indonesia by artist Aaron Taylor Kuffner at Ahau hotel, an art installation called IK LAB by Santiago Rumney Guggenheim (the great grandson to Peggy) at Azulik hotel, and dinners from Nu Tulum, Habitas, and Wild.