As another year draws to a close, Culture Trip looks at some of the memorable events across the globe that we’ve covered in 2017. Some of these happen annually, while others were once-in-a-lifetime. Either way, it all adds up to a glorious reflection of the plurality of cultures and perspectives in our world.
The inauguration of Donald Trump
The year started with a dramatic change in leadership in one of the world’s most powerful countries. Donald J. Trump became the 45th President of the United States on January 21, 2017, and a spotlight was thrown on the political divide in America. This divide was highlighted the next morning as millions participated in Women’s Marches across the country; the largest taking place in Washington, D.C.
Seoullo 7017 opens in South Korea
Originally constructed in 1970 as the Seoul Overpass Station, Seoullo 7017 opened this year as a new overpass-turned-park. Reminiscent of the famous New York High Line in Chelsea, Seuollo 7017 drew more than three million visitors in its first 100 days.
The election of Emmanuel Macron
The world watched and waited to see if France would follow in the nationalist wake of Trump and Brexit during the decisive election between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right party leader Marine Le Pen. Macron, 39, emerged from the contest as the youngest French president in history, and people took to the streets to celebrate the large margin of victory.
A celebration of the dead in Indonesia
Ma’nene, an important tradition in Toraja culture, involves the cleaning, grooming and re-dressing of deceased family members, and usually takes place every three years. Culture Trip photographer Putu Bagus Susastra shot an unnamed woman’s 10th Ma’nene at a cave burial site in Lo’ko Mata Toraja, Indonesia.
A three-day trip down the Amazon
“This is my home: the boat, the river.” Culture Trip photographer Mia Spingola took a trip down the Amazon River on a cargo ship and spoke to those who called the ship’s hammocks home for the three-day voyage.
Valletta named 2018 European Capital of Culture
Valletta, the capital of Malta, already a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was named the European Capital of Culture for 2018.
Kichijoji’s Autumn Festival, in Tokyo
Every fall at the Shinto shrine Musashino Hachimangu, residents of the Kichijoji neighborhood gather to welcome autumn during Aki Matsuri. The festivities include decadent parades of ornate palanquins, Musashino Hayashi music, and plenty of street vendors.
Mumbai’s Sassoon Docks are transformed into works of art
Thirty Indian and international artists were invited to take part in the Sassoon Dock Art Project this year. St+Art India, a collaborative initiative, brought together artists from numerous disciplines to transform the 142-year-old docks.
The colors and Wi-Fi of Cuba
As President Trump imposed stricter trade and travel restrictions than those of his predecessor, architecture and design editor Amber Snider traveled to communist Cuba to examine the high-stakes Wi-Fi black market on the vibrant island.
The funeral of King Rama IX
The late King Rama IX of Thailand—commonly referred to as the “Father of all Thais” was cremated on October 26, 2017— after a year of mourning. The five-day funeral brought the nation onto the streets and cost an estimated $90 million.