5 From top right: Nelson Mandela with Thabo Mbeki at an ANC rally; the graffiti-covered cooling towers of the Orlando Power Station; Mandela House on Vilakazi Street; the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg; the sun rising over the old town of Tallinn; the popular F-hoone bar; and Hurts in performance.
tALLinn, eStoniA Perfect for: Techno kids with a penchant for the medieval. Don’t miss: the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design hidden away in a 17th-century storehouse in the Old Town. travel scene: Tallinn might resemble a chocolate box city, but it has hidden creative depths. A group called Art Container occupies a studio-cum-gallery which hosts performances with names like ‘Which way is your ass?’ You can also visit Tallinn’s Fotomuuseum in the bowels of a 14th-century prison. Tallinn is the (alleged) birthplace of marzipan and Skype; part cafe culture, part digital powerhouse. If all the talk of technology wears you out, step back in time in one of Tallinn’s retro bars like Must Puudel or F-hoone. Skip the tourist cafes in the Town Hall Square and explore the mesh of small cobbled streets in the Old Town, stopping off at Josephine cafe for a steaming bowl of hot chocolate. Local view: ‘It seems like everyone in Tallinn is working for a start-up,’ says TransferWise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus. ‘It has changed Tallinn’s vibe; its stag party days are over.’ flash point: Jazzkaar, the biggest jazz festival in the Baltics, 18–27 April 2014. who goes? Robbie Williams and synthpop band Hurts.
Soweto, South AfricA Perfect for: Channelling the peace. Don’t miss: Soweto Theatre; consisting of bright red, blue and yellow cube-like buildings, it is the district’s cultural hub. travel scene: With a population of 1m, Soweto is large enough to have an identity distinct from neighbouring Johannesburg. Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu have both lived on Vilakazi Street, the only street in the world to have been home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners. Soweto’s past as the centre of the struggle against white minority rule is gone but not forgotten; bike tours include visits to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg as well as local galleries. Soweto Fine Art Gallery was established in 1985 and represents prominent artists from across sub-Saharan Africa. The founder, Martin G Britz (‘Marty’), will give you his own art tour, which regularly culminates in a BBQ at his home. Other spots en route include Credo Mutwa Cultural Village in the heart of Soweto. Named after a respected local painter, sculptor, herbalist, author and prophet, Credo is nestled in the public park, the Oppenheimer Gardens. Or try the bungee jumping at Orlando Power Station. Local view: ‘Soweto is the cradle of democracy in Africa,’ says Marty. ‘When you walk into Soweto the vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere is unlike anything else in the world. It is like a different country.’ flash point: 27 April 2014 marks 20 years since Nelson Mandela was elected to power. Expect big parties across the country. who goes? Shakira and Barack Obama. Kylie sang with Soweto’s Gospel Choir when she visited South Africa.
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