We met in Bermuda April 28 - April 29, 2017 for speaker talks, insider access to behind the scenes activities, and a celebration of the island’s tropical beauty and warm, welcoming locals.
Our official event program commenced with a morning reception on Friday April 28 at 9am, and concluded with a farewell party on the night of Saturday April 29.
FRIDAY APRIL 28th
Reception with the Governor
A special, personal welcome to Bermuda, in true ceremonial style, sets the stage for our two days ahead with a morning tea reception with Governor John Rankin at his official residence, Government House.
Speaker Session: Bermuda, the Artist’s Muse
Bermuda has been a muse to artists around the world for centuries. Museum founder, Tom Butterfield, will share the story behind the creation of this museum that pays homage to both local and globally renowned artists, and their beautiful works inspired by the island.
Meet the Premier
Prior to lunch we’ll visit Camden House, a Georgian mansion from the early 1700s within the grounds of the lush Botanical Gardens, for an official welcome by the Premier of Bermuda, the Honorable Michael Dunkley.
Lunch and Pop Up Shop
Enjoy a delicious lunch of local cuisine and live music performances while browsing the gorgeous, detailed work of local Bermudian designers and artisans, specially curated for AFAR by stylist and boutique owner, Nicole Golden. You will most certainly want to take home at least one of these beautiful objects.
Take a couple of hours on your own to stroll the charming streets of Hamilton, lounge by the pool, or just rest up for the night ahead.
Travel back in time at Verdmont House
This beautiful heritage home from the early 18th century is the perfect backdrop for a celebratory and perhaps ghostly evening of sunset cocktails, a festive performance by Gombey dancers, storytelling by the lovable raconteur John Cox, wonderful Bermudian cuisine, and the smooth sounds of island reggae. A magical night that may haunt you forever…
SATURDAY APRIL 29th
Speaker Session: The Story of Bermuda
Bermuda’s real history dates back more than 400 years, and since that time the island has played a significant role in many historic events. Revered historian Dr. Edward Harris will give insight into this rich history and how Bermuda has come to be the thriving maritime community that it is today.
Lunch at the Beach
A visit to this island paradise wouldn’t be complete without a chance to walk barefoot on its sandy shores or take a dip in its turquoise waters. Relax under the breezy palms over a casual lunch while sipping on icy cocktails as you listen to the sounds of the steel pan…this just might be heaven on Earth.
Breakout Sessions, various locations
Small group breakouts allow Experiences guests to have more intimate, behind the scenes encounters with fascinating and influential locals. You might choose to get out on the water in a chaser RIB to see the training sessions of an America’s Cup team; boat to a private island to learn about the incredible conservation efforts that are saving a rare seabird from extinction; go on an architectural walk or bike the streets of St. George’s, a UNESCO World Heritage site, for a closer look at the island’s visually stunning East End; or learn the fantastical story of the Mary Celeste shipwreck from a marine archaeologist and expert perfumer…
These are just a few of the exclusive activities we’re putting together. A final list of breakout session options will be shared with attendees two weeks prior to the event date.
Sunset Cocktail Cruise
Departing from the Hamilton Princess dock, we’ll cruise into the sunset on a luxury catamaran as we take in the pretty views of Bermuda’s islands and secret coves. As Bermuda will play host to the America’s Cup in May and June, we’ve invited onboard Mike Winfield, CEO of the America’s Cup local organizing committee, to tell us more about on what it takes to produce an event of such magnitude on a remote island.
Final Night Party
Bermudians are natural hosts and love to entertain, which is why we’ve chosen to celebrate our final night together with a house party at one of the island’s most charming homes. Meet and mingle with our gracious hosts and an array of local friends, including some of our beloved speakers and hosts, for an evening of great food, wonderful conversations, and a dance party to end all dance parties!