Want to see a different side of cities like Cape Town, Paris, New York or Tokyo? Vice and Airbnb have teamed-up to host unique experiences in these cities, and 100 lucky travellers will win trips there to take part in the fun.
The experiences, which take travellers through “Cape Town’s vibrant electronic music scene, Paris’ secret sexual history of love and lust, New York’s ballroom vogue scene and Tokyo’s underground queer culture hotspots,” are all organized by Vice, but can be won through Airbnb, along with round-trip airfare to the cities, three-nights in an Airbnb and a per diem for transit and food.
Vice is known for its first-hand reporting around the world, which Airbnb says makes the media company “uniquely situated to curate authentic Airbnb Experiences that are inspired by Vice’s most beloved and cutting edge content.”
In Cape Town, travellers will visit the Khayelitsha Township and explore the electronic music scene, learn traditional dance moves and even collaborate with a local DJ to create a track. The tour is created along with South African rapper, DJ and producer Spoek Mathambo, and musician Yolanda Fyrus.
Travellers in Paris will learn about a different side of the City of Love, learning about classic cabarets, “love stores”, and taking in their own private burlesque class. The tour was curated along with Camille Emmanuelle, a writer, educator and therapist whose work focuses on sex, intimacy and more.
In New York’s Harlem neighbourhood, winners will learn about voguing – a New York subculture where guests will learn the history, the dance moves and attend a Vogue party. The tour was curated along with Kia LaBeija, a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in New York City, whose work explores the intersections of community, politics, fine art and activism.
Winners heading to Tokyo will learn about the city’s “thriving yet partially-hidden queer culture by learning how manga comics are pushing LGBTQ narratives into mainstream pop culture.” They will also check out the nightlight of the Ni-chōme district, which boasts the highest concentration of gay bars in the world. The tour was curated by Ian Daniel, a filmmaker and co-host of the show Gaycation, and Japanese cultural consultant, travel curator and writer Yuki Keiser.
The contest is open to residents of the United States, Canada (excluding Quebec), Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, and South Africa. Applicants must be over 21, have an Airbnb account, and must submit a response – which will be judged on its originality, creativity and spirit – to a thematic prompt on the contest page.