Vienna is also famous for its musical output. More celebrated composers have lived in the Austrian capital than in any other place in the world, and the streets pulse with the weighty presence of some of the greatest thinkers of days gone by. That’s not to say that the city is resting on its laurels. International architects, creative entrepreneurs and contemporary artists are playing Vienna’s creative legacy forward, fashioning perfect harmony between old and new.
Meanwhile Colombia’s third-largest city dances to a sultry salsa beat. Still stepping out of the shadows of a reputation for drugs and violence, Cali has a gritty, untamed energy that captivated the heart of the Emmy-nominated documentary maker Kate Horne. She found that music here has the ability to bridge boundaries and bring communities together. The result is an “ageless, classless melting pot of cultures”
By contrast, music is used as a proud and pure symbol of national identity in Corsica, a Mediterranean island that remains unhappily part of France. Here, patriotic strains of thought course from a history of militant rebels, vendettas and bandits through to the present-day tradition of polyphonic singing. Intrepid travellers, however, are sure to find a warm heart underneath Corsica’s somewhat scratchy surface. As one west-coast native told our writer Bex Hughes: “Corsicans are a bit grouchy, but if we like people then we really open our hearts and the doors to our houses.”