Top 5 cultural experiences in Johannesburg

148226964One of Africa’s most intriguing cities, and South Africa’s beating heart, there are a number of things to see and do in Johannesburg.

Aside from the historical figures it is so well associated with, Johannesburg has a lot to offer in terms of culturally enhancing your tailor-made African holidays.

Apartheid Museum

It is not a chapter of history that South Africa is particularly proud of, but it is a part that should undoubtedly be remembered. This might not be the most upbeat start to your Johannesburg adventure, but it a deeply thought-provoking and successful museum experience which is certain to inform you of the rise and fall of Apartheid in vivid detail.

CIRCA on Jellico

This gallery is now known as a fantastic architectural landmark, but the beauty is not limited to the building’s exterior alone. The exhibitions held in this building contain important contemporary works of art. The idea revolves around looking towards the future and with musical events held there as well,it is a thriving hub of culture.

Neighbour Goods Market

Every Saturday, this market opens as a central point for the community. It takes place in a modern building which has a 15-storey wall mural on the side of it by Eduardo Villa – if that does not scream culture what does?

Food, maybe a beer and a fantastic atmosphere is what is inhabited in this building.

Constitutional Court

The history surrounding the new Constitutional Court in South Africa is what makes it an attraction for many.

The new building is building within the walls of the Old Fort. Dating back to 1892 it is famous for the prison where many historical political activists were once held, not limited to, but including Mahatma Gandhi and the late Nelson Mandela.

Museum Africa

The clue is in the name, and it is situated next to the Market Theatre complex.

Not only does this museum communicate the growth and changes in themes of African music and housing within the city of Johannesburg itself, but it also boasts exhibitions upon the treason trials of 1956-61.

The city is tinted with the history of South Africa at large, but the changes that were made throughout the Rainbow Nation’s haunted history contributes to the wealth of culture it now encompasses.

Other places that should be visited are Mary Fitzgerald Square which is named after South Africa’s first female trade unionist and the Johannesburg Art Gallery.