The Cultured Traveller, December 2019-February 2020 Issue 28 – Editor’s Letter


GOOD ARCHITECTURE has the power to regenerate a city, transform a destination or even put a country on the global travel map, especially when it comes to buildings that resonate with some sort of cultural significance. The Sydney Opera House is not only a great artistic monument, but also a symbol of the accessibility of culture to society at large, which is why it has become such a global icon. Similarly, Frank Gehry’s architectural marvel in Bilbao has shown the world the incredibly transformative power of art and architecture, especially when the two are used in tandem

The impact that the opening of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa has had on Cape Town has been tremendous and far-reaching. South Africa’s first museum dedicated to contemporary art embodies a transformative narrative that came at a crucial time for the Rainbow Nation. And since it opened last year, the Zeitz MOCAA has propelled South Africa onto the global cultural stage and filled a void in Cape Town’s art scene. It is for these reasons that the museum is on the cover of this issue. The building is truly unique and Cape Town will undoubtedly feel its positive effects for decades to come.

In this issue, guest contributor Robert Sherwood takes us on a tour of Cape Town’s best museums and art galleries; Alex Benasuli finds that the hills of the Austrian Tirol really are alive, although not necessarily with the sound of music; and Joe Mortimer explores Saint Petersburg’s largest suite, set within the Russian city’s most storied hotel. Because
Christmas is just around the corner, fashion editor Adrian Gibson rounds-up an array of gift ideas including some novel stocking fillers. As Blondie singer Debbie Harry publishes her autobiography, Paul Burston looks back at the extraordinary life of pop’s original ambitious blonde, and Dawn Gibson checks out the immersive Tim Walker retrospective at London’s V&A. We also chat with celebrated fashion designer Antonio Berardi and chef extraordinaire Michel Roux Jr.

As you can see, we have launched into our sixth year freshly remodelled from coverto-cover, with a design that’s that’s bold, contemporary and accessible. I really hope that you enjoy The Cultured Traveller’s new look, and find the magazine’s pages as inspiring as I found Cape Town’s Zeitz MOCAA.

Nicholas Chrisostomou

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