2. Memphis, USA

With loads of public works of art and a cheap cost of living, Memphis is growing its creative community with such initiatives as the Urban Art Commission and Live from Memphis. This city has long been a city of music, and the best time to catch some of the greatest live performances is during the city-wide month-long festival “Memphis in May.” The festival boasts the World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest, the Beale Street Music Festival, and an International Week which celebrates a select country from some far corner of the world. Not only do musicians and artists love Memphis for its creative juices, but the Southern home cooked meals are simply to die for.