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BEGINNING Thursday, check out some of the world’s most vibrant port cities with renowned photographer Heidi Hollinger on TLC’s new series Waterfront Cities of the World.
Armed with her camera and a spirit for adventure, Hollinger sets off to discover these cities and capture their essence and soul. The greatest cities in the world have always been built close to water. Centuries ago when boat travel was the only means of communication, port cities were the gateways to commercial and cultural metropolises.
But in times where planes make travelling to the farthest destination a matter of hours and railways spider-web the continents, what place do ports cities still have in our modern world?
There are over 500,000 port cities worldwide. Watch how these cities, enriched by their past of cultural exchange, continue to impact on human civilisation in the show.
In Havana, Hollinger meets the photographers of the revolution and discovers how socialism, baseball and salsa dancing play a role in Cuban culture and how scarce resources have led to innovative solutions such as rooftop gardens that are able to sustain 90 per cent of the local population.
She travels to Bangkok and experiences the chaos and the more quiet side of the city. She also dives into the melting pot of cultures in metropolitan Melbourne and experiences the magic of social media in San Francisco, the city where Twitter, Wikipedia and Craigslist were founded.
What makes these cities so different? How has their access to the rest of the world made them so distinct, and why do we find them so attractive? With her keen eye and a nose for news, the former photo editor, who has won various accolades, published books and held exhibitions featuring high-profile subjects such as Vladimir Putin, Fidel Castro, and the Dalai Lama, capturing the beauty of each of these places along with its colourful history.
Waterfront Cities of the World premieres every Thursday at 10pm, starting Thursday. Encores every Thursday at 4pm and 10pm, Saturday (4pm) and Sunday (noon and 4pm).