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The Central City welcomes the Loerie Awards back to town with Creative Week Cape Town. Celebrate in Long Street on 2nd & 3rd October. Get Creative from 24 September to 3 October! READ MORE >>

September 2010


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September 2010

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September a month to celebrate our wonderful heritage

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e have proved ourselves as a city that’s clean, safe, caring and fun. A city that can pull together a world class event. A city that is open for business. This month – Heritage Month – we are going to demonstrate that we are also a Creative City. Welcome to Creative Week Cape Town – a ten-day celebration of Cape Town creativity in the runup to the Loerie Awards. Run by Creative Cape Town, a programme aimed at supporting the development of Cape Town’s creative and knowledge economy, Creative Week Cape Town is a partnership with the Loeries. It is a “user-generated” event

which means that participants can organise creative events during the week and help to market themselves using the Internet by sharing audiences. Creative Week Cape Town 2010 will take place from 24 September to 3 October. Locals are urged to participate in the numerous creative offerings. Some of the city’s creative organisations will host events that alternatively inform, inspire and engage audiences around the city. The week will culminate in the annual Loeries Awards ceremony at the Good Hope Centre and at Loeries Village on Long Street during the weekend of October 1 – 3. The Loerie Award ceremony is

ANNOUNCING THE

South Africa’s prestigious advertising, communication, design and experiential media awards event, covering every area of brand communication. We are proud to have the awards in the city as this raises our profile as a creative capital and brings in leaders from the advertising community from around the country. The week will include a Loeriesthemed street party in Long Street on 2 and 3 October. Watch out for music, exhibitions, parties and book launches that support the creative and design themes taking place all over the city. On the heritage front there will be a tie-in with Cape Town Tourism’s My Cape Town Programme

WINNERS

and the museums in the Company’s Gardens – from 24 – 27 September. Enjoy family related events in the Gardens and surrounding spaces with all museums offering free entrance or special programmes. Throw yourself into celebrating Cape Town’s heritage and its exuberant creative culture. You won’t regret it. n Visit www.creativeweekct.co.za to be updated on events in the City. n Tasso Evangelinos is the Chief Operations Officer of the CCID. Write to him at tasso@capetowncid.co.za or tel 021 419 1881

of the Capture Your World Cup Moment in the Central City Competition We would like to thank all the budding photographers who took part so enthusiastically in our Capture Your World Cup Moment in the Central City competition. We were hugely impressed with the quality of photographs that came our way – and with the spirit in which you took part in the World Cup in our city.

Straatwerk has job rehabilitation projects for men and women. 021 425 0140 The Haven’s vision is to get the homeless home. 021 425 4700 The Homestead provides residential care and family integration for boys. 021 461 7470 Ons Plek provides residential care while undertaking reunification process for girls. 021 465 4829 The Carpenters Shop provides rehabilitation services and skills training for adults. 021 461 5508 Salesian Institute Youth Projects provide education, skills training and rehabilitation to vulnerable youth. 021 425 1450

Many children and young adults living on the streets have severe drug addiction problems. More often than not, the money they receive from begging is used to buy their next “fix”. The CCID therefore requests that members of the public do not give money or handouts directly.

Contact the Central City Improvement District’s (CCID’s) Social Development Department for further information or assistance.

Pat 021 419 1881 | Dean 082 928 3862 Headman Sirala-Rala 082 262 0113 Mark Williams 082 262 0112

www.capetownpartnership.co.za

Here are the winners: See prizes, right. Many thanks to the sponsors. Overall winner: Funky Bafana Fan by Joanne Anderson. She wins a two-night stay at Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa. The winner of the Funky Fans category is Lunga Kakaza. She wins a dinner, bed and breakfast overnight stay at the Taj Hotel The winner of the Soccer Tourists category is Zoë Moosmann. She wins dinner for two at Doppio Zero. The winner of the Soccer Family category is Tania Swanepoel. She wins dinner for two at The Rainbow Room.

MyCiTi Service Starts Again An interim service of Cape Town’s MyCiTi buses starts on 24 September to cover the inner city. Tickets are R5 a trip or R15 a day for unlimited travel or R40 a week for unlimited travel. The service runs from the Gardens Centre to the Waterfront via town.

The winner of the Soccer City category is Catherine Hendricks. She wins a hydro bath and massage for two at the Camelot spa at Mandela Rhodes Place.

Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa (a two night stay in a 2 bedroom Platinum apartment) Right in the heart of the cultural and historical part of the old City of Cape Town, this modern hotel offers the definitive city lifestyle with a choice of luxurious apartments, various leisure options and a wealth of retail facilities. Enjoy spectacular views from your apartment or laze the afternoon away exploring the delights of museums, Company’s Garden, St Georges Cathedral and more. The retail mall below the hotel is host to delightful restaurants and retail outlets as well as the Rainbow Room – the hotspot to enjoy great food, jazz and contemporary music. This is the soul of the City where nights become magical as people spill onto to St George’s Mall to enjoy the many restaurants in this vibrant area.

The Taj Hotel on Wale Street ( Dinner bed and breakfast overnight stay in a luxury Five star luxury, Indian hospitality in a place of heritage! What more could you ask for. The Taj Cape Town is a combination of rich history and elegant contemporary architecture. Originally home to the South African Reserve Bank and Temple Chambers, later the Board of Executors (BOE), it successfully combines the heritage of the old with the luxury of the new. This five-star hotel is ideally located in the centre of historic Cape Town at the entrance to the famous pedestrian precinct, St George’s Mall. Its prime site ensures that the Taj Cape Town is perfectly situated for those looking to discover authentic Cape Town; and its blend of fascinating history, exotic culture, soulful art, lively entertainment and delectable cuisine.

Doppio Zero (dinner for two to the value of R300) The very best in Italian food is waiting for you at the Mandela Rhodes Place restaurant. Here you can linger over their wide variety of authentic Italian dishes that bring you that special taste of warmth and homecooking. Friendly service, luscious dishes and that unique ambience that comes with being in the heart of a cultural City.

The Rainbow Room (dinner for two value R250) If you want to know what makes Cape Town hop then The Rainbow Room is where it’s happening. Great food, soul music and some of the hottest young artists in town contribute to the experience. With the Cape Town Show getting underway in July enjoy our young talent as they sing and dance their way to stardom.

Camelot Spa, the Mandela Rhodes Place (30minutes Aroma Hydro Bath for two sharing & 30minutes Back, neck & shoulder Back Massage for two). ‘”Camelot defines the ultimate spa experience as ‘The creation of a haven to rest, relax and revitalise.’ “Pure escape for body, mind and soul.”


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Creative Cape Town AnnouncES

‘Creative Cape Town’? That’s an obvious statement. We know Cape Town is creative. That’s the problem, some say; we should find a way to bring the creativity out, bring it together and blend it with other sectors. Hang on….’Creative Week Cape Town’ – that’s it!

24 September - 3 October

The City of Cape Town is bidding for World Design Capital 2014. World Design Capital is awarded to cities that are dedicated to using design in their social, economic and cultural development. This status will allow Cape Town to showcase its design achievements and aspirations through a year-long programme of design-led events and activities. It will also help the city to mobilise around using design’s solution-finding potential to address urban challenges into the future.

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reative Cape Town is a non-profit networking body that galvanises ties within the creative sector. Why is creativity not naturally fully integrated into the fabric of the city’s economy? For one, the arts, whilst thriving and contributing to the cultural potjiekos, are isolated from traditional business infrastructure. This is consequential (artist in a studio, covering a canvas but missing out on a networking breakfast. Does s/he connect?) and infrastructural (a design company looking for space within a creative hub to set up a studio to produce an innovative new product – can they find it?) In addition, the pop culture clichés that business people are unconcerned and creative people are unreliable quickly turns into practised prejudice. That’s not the reality, however. It depends on your attitude and actions. This is where Creative Cape Town steps in. Its networking and information sharing, together with savvy Month tage e strategy, Creative Cape g a t i ri Her ica’s He d by Town Clusters are uth Afr e o s S u is e r em be its g Septem this year the th n increasingly well ri u and Town d Africa’s Month of Cape th s u known and Cape o m S u e g us lebratin ians of our Iziko M d k is “ Ce Town’s bid for World e to e s e u W C th e ing on s – The Heritag Design Capital 2014 e”. Start beyond reasure g ta ri e Living T H d ultural p to an C u g le d is beginning to in ib n d g a Intan nd lea r, Iziko mber a ptembe a range build momentum 20 Septe day on 24 Se e hosting free will be Heritag g s from Bo Kaap to in m d u lu e c us in other m and activities, to a Buitenkant and s e c ts n n a e tr of ev uced en . beyond. The latest and red r of museums m u n be ms u project in the process is e s u oM rg.za. out Izik Check www.iziko.o a brand new celebration e websit of our brilliance. It’s been christened Creative Week Cape Town and it’s been created for you.

The City of Cape Town has mandated the Cape Town Partnership to coordinate the bid. Cape Town for World Design Capital 2014 is looking for existing or planned projects/initiatives/organizations/ products that use design to respond to social, economic and development needs for inclusion in the Bid Book. For more information please go to www.capetown2014.co.za or email Lorelle Bell at lorelle@capetownpartnership.co.za

Creative Week Cape Town – a chance to let your light shine Creative Week Cape Town is a showcase, a show-off, and a collective show. From 24 September – 3 October could be your finest chance to get the right attention for your creative talent. It’s a ten-day celebration of Cape Town creativity in the run-up to the Loeries Awards (1 – 3 October). Around this time of year, ad and design industry hot shots

are shooting the breeze all over the city, which makes it an amazing time for exposure to serious creative professionals. It’s a “user-generated” affair, which means that events are independently organised by participants (you, your friends, your community), and supported (with advice, networking and marketing via a specially designed site) by Creative Cape Town. However, no funding is available for your event and you are expected to market your own events. If you think you deserve a bit of attention and feel like fluffing out your tail feathers in the spirit of the Loeries before they even land, or as they do, or if you just want to spread your creative wings and challenge yourself to be part of the party, go to www.creativeweekct.co.za and click on hold an event. Once you register and log onto to the back end you can: Step 1: Tell us about your event. The basics, where, when, what (cost), and a short description. Please remember to include the details of a contact person, cost and time Step 2: Add a picture. Click on featured image in the right bottom corner. Adding an image will spice it up (landscape is best, less than 2mb please) Step 3: Tell the world, too Let your networks know, have it included in blogs you love, and get your contact details to local media. Create a Facebook event and link to Creative Cape Town (use the @ symbol). Creative Week Cape Town will make extensive use of the Creative Cape Town Facebook fan page –which has more than 4 700 fans and counting. Make sure you post your event to the site or send us a link to the event. There are tips and helpful ideas on the site. Check out the ‘promote event’ page. For more information check out the FAQ. Be obvious. Be Creative this September. Creative Week Cape Town is a legacy event for Cape Town’s World Design Capital Bid 2014


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Loerie

The Loeries: not your average species

The annual advertising, communication, design and experiential media awards take place in Cape Town to the tune of thousands of local and international representatives and competitors. With a focus on identifying and acknowledging excellence and innovation in work, the awards are now in their 32nd year. With a focus on work produced in Africa and The Middle East, the Loeries haves spread their wings to begin to include international entries.

Fluff out your tail feathers

The non-profit awards essentially trumpet talent from every area of brand communication including television, radio and print advertising, graphic design, architecture, direct marketing, non-broadcast video, live events, and digital media

A nod for innovation and inspiration

Ad agencies, creative collectives and individuals are recognised through a series of awards given by over 130 unbiased judges, the biggest of which is the Grand Prix. By unbiased, we mean they have no personal or professional interest in which product (or agency) gets what award, while they may have every interest in supporting good ideas and good work in the industries. The best in the business (for this year, at least) get a pat on the shoulder, a piece of art for their mantelpiece and the kind of creative and commercial kudos that’s hard to buy. Or convince others to buy!

Innovation and excellence in advertising and design Have you ever struggled with a problem for ages, and maybe even given up or left it alone, only to suddenly find a solution? “Suddenly”, that is, after taking the problem apart painstakingly, looking at it from all angles, calling a friend about it, even, and putting it back together in any number of different ways. Einstein was right about insanity - doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is madness. Inspiration and innovation are its antithesis, and they come and go as a pair. The Loeries Awards are looking for both in 2010. Words : Jess Henson

Praise for creative practitioners

"Man, I'm pretty."

But why an award? Why not educational workshops and seminars? Well, it doesn’t quite work that way in design. Remember when you were little, and you tried to draw a horse in full gallop? Well, I do. I got halfway and confused the perspective. A little praise from those tall people who fed me was all that I needed to make the process a success. Likewise in the creative sector, praise is a principle of growth, though ‘success’, here, is a relative term. For any sincere creative in design and marketing, success means a combination of sales and recognition from peers and mentors. Recognition of excellence goes a long way towards fostering a spirit of innovation and inspiration and furthering potential. The bouncing balls advert illustrates it beautifully. Thousands of coloured balls bounced down a street to celebrate the brightness and uniqueness of a high-tech product. Bravo to Bravia’s ad agency. It captured the world’s imagination and sold a lot of flat screens. The effective execution of a simple, innovative and inspired idea seduced the masses, sold the product and became the flagship of the ad world. That’s success.

The Loeries get Creative in Cape Town

But it’s not all about the ball. Or the birds, to be honest. Seeing as they’re showcasing all this talent in the city of pretty, Creative Cape Town thought it would jump the gun and do some showing off of its own. In similarity to The Loeries it is also a non-profit project focused on creativity, but in contrast, it specifically promotes the creative and knowledge economy in Cape Town. As a partner to the Loeries, it is using the run-up to The Loeries to promote and profile Cape Town’s creative sector to both Loeries delegates and to locals. They call it Creative Week and they’re calling for submissions. Creative Week showcases Cape Town as an important hub for design globally through its creative contributors. The inaugural event is joining the Loerie Awards legacy and is part of the bid for World Design Capital 2014. See www.creativecapetown.net or www.creativeweekct.co.za for more information.


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Awards spread their wings The Loerie village on Long Street Birds of a feather rock together

So the awards have been won and lost, the names immortalised for at least a year, and the show’s over. Now what? Back to work? No way. Well, in a way. It’s not Loeries style to do all this work without a party to remember. But the truth is that, in Cape Town, no party is without its professional networking.

Long Street transforms for flocks of creatives

From Wale Street to Orange Street, 2 and 3 October 2010 sees Long Street transform into a pulsing strip of celebration after the Awards. This is a chance to unwind, and in some cases unravel and to rub shoulders with CEOs of important companies, exclusive designers and hard working, hard partying creative practitioners. Better known as ‘the afterparty’ (see? you don’t even have to ask “which afterparty?” it’s so well known and so big, it takes up the whole street), winners, losers and revellers transform a normally pumping street into a positively manic village of party animals.

Friends, phone, appropriate footwear? Check. Now, where’s the table?

Long Street Café is its epicentre, with agency parties scattered around to keep the streets rocking throughout the weekend. We recommend flat shoes and full tummies, credit cards and cash. And take a friend. You’ll probably lose him (or her) after the third visit to the loo, but you’ll make many more before you even get back to your table. Wait a minute; did you even have a table? Don’t forget to book a table! Our message to you? Represent, people. We’ve already showed the world that our cup overfloweth, now show each other a good time. After a year of hard work, and a week of showing off, the whole country deserves to celebrate. For more information go to www.theloerieawards.co.za

Watch it, guys… Screenings of Loerie winners Can’t get a ticket to the awards ceremony? No sweat. Watch the winners onscreen. 4-7 October 2010: Labia on Orange Street 13h00-13h40 And Labia on Kloof Street 18h00-18h40 Curious about last year’s winners? Watch 2009 Loeries Showreels 24 - 30 September 2010 Labia on Orange Street 13h00 and 18h00

Creative Cape Town gets down with African Dope Records, Peroxide and Mahala at Fiction Long Street will be heaving on 2 and 3 October when the Loeries delegates hit the streets after the Loeries Awards ceremony events. The place to be on Saturday 2 October will be upper Long Street and the party to be at will be the Creative Cape Town event with African Dope Records, Peroxide and Mahala. African Dope Records is an independent record label based in the City which was set up in 2000 by the renowned beats n break DJ/producer Krushed and Sorted. It made waves with its colourblind and bass-heavy sounds and became the forefront of the alternative electronic scene. Check out www.africandope.co.za. From 12pm the evening goes Peroxide - this popular party brings you the best of the last decade before pop turned into corporate wallpaper together with the best of today’s synth wielding warriors... from Blondie to Blackstrobe, Gary Numan to Goldfrapp. Re-live a time when women were women and the men occasionally wore mascara, when doing the robot was acceptable in a nightclub and you could turn on the radio without fear of lobotomisation. Mahala is a free SA music, culture and reality online magazine promoting freedom of thought and expression. Check it out on www.mahala.co.za – Thought is Free! Who can you Trust? Fiction is a DJ bar and lounge on 226 Long Street, since 2006. It is popular for playing underground sounds from “Indie, electro & minimal to liquid drum n bass, glitch hop, broken beats and beyond”. RSVP to Bronwyn Manter (bronwen@capetownpartnership.co.za) to get onto the guest list for the event – one person per email address only. Only punters with their names on the list get in free before 10pm. Thereafter it’s full price – guest-list or not. So come early. Registering kills two birds with one stone – not only do you get into the coolest party with the best view of the Loeries Awards party (which you won’t get into unless you hold that golden ticket), but you will also then automatically receive Creative Cape Town’s great E-newsletter once a month. Catch up on choice stories and listings and keep up with what’s going down with the World Design Capital Bid for 2014 and much more.


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Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA)

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The Labia is the oldest independent art cinema in the country. Originally a ballroom for the Italian Embassy, it was opened as a live theatre by Princess Labia in 1949.

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Iziko South African Museum

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The South African Jewish Museum narrates the story of the South African Jewish community from its early beginnings. The Oldest Synagogue in South Africa serves as the entrance to this interactive and high-tech museum and kosher/vegetarian cafe. www.SAJewishMuseum.co.za

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The Cape Town Holocaust Centre The first Holocaust Centre in Africa, it is a place of remembrance of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust and all other victims of Nazism, and a place of learning about the tragic consequences of racism and xenophobia.

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GIPCA brings together various centres and departments in the arts and media in UCT’s Faculty of Humanities and provides opportunities for artists to collaborate, exhibit and perform.

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Paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadworks, textiles, architecture, depict the wide range of aesthetic production in this country and beyond. www.iziko.org.za/sang

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September 2010

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ty i c erse v (bio) di Tourism Month brings Cape Town to its people Building on the old adage, “there’s no place like home”, Cape Town Tourism is launching an exciting campaign called My Cape Town to encourage Capetonians to become tourists in their own city during World Tourism Month in September.

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t’s a major bonus that “home”, in this case, also happens to be the most beautiful city in the world – by a long shot. The highlight of this multifaceted campaign will be the “My Cape Town Weekend”, on September 24-27. My Cape Town Weekend aims to “bring Cape Town to the people, and the people to Cape Town” with a range of exciting, freebies, give-aways, specials and exciting events. Cape Town Tourism says more than half-a-million Rands worth of free activities and experiences will be laid on in partnership with top city attractions, including: • Nearly 1 000 free trips on the Table Mountain cable car • 800 free trips on the City Sightseeing Bus • More than 1000 tickets to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens • 1000 tickets to the Two Oceans Aquarium • Ferry trips to Robben Island • Tickets for the Cape Point funicular ride • The Hisense Wheel of Excellence at the V&A

Waterfront is sponsoring 40 capsules, to allow families to experience the ride • Around 30 “Wild Cards” for entry into SanParks venues in the metropole • 100 tickets to Ratanga Junction These giveaways will happen through a range of competitions on Good Hope Radio, Cape Talk and a variety of community radio stations, including Community Radio, CCFM, Tygerburg, Bush, Zibanele, Helderburg and Voice of the Cape. Capetonians will also be encouraged to enter the Capture My Cape Town Photographic Competition and win a variety of fantastic prizes (details on www.capetown.travel/mycapetown)

There’s plenty for all. And schools have not been forgotten, either. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is sponsoring the My Cape Town Grows competition, aimed at Grade 10 pupils at schools across the peninsula and focusing on the Cape Floral Kingdom. Says Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, CEO of Cape Town Tourism: “The idea behind My Cape Town Weekend is to encourage Capetonians to be more active tourists in their own city. There are

few other cities in the world that offer as wide a range of things to do and see as does the Mother City, and My Cape Town Weekend will reveal aspects of the city to citizens that they may not previously have experienced. We hope that it will encourage them to visit, and experience, some of the places in the city they may have taken for granted.” My Cape Town Weekend forms an integral part of World Tourism Month, the theme of which for this year is Biodiversity and Tourism and Cape Town Tourism believes that this poses a unique opportunity to raise public awareness of the importance of biodiversity to tourism and the role of sustainable tourism in

Some of the city’s many creative initiatives will host events that alternatively inform, inspire and engage audiences around the city. the conservation of life on Earth. Biodiversity is the variation of life on earth. The health of our planet is measured by the level of biodiversity. It is a key tourism asset and fundamental to its sustained growth. Intact and healthy ecosystems form the cornerstone of thousands of tourist enterprises and products worldwide, attracting hundreds of millions of tourists each year. As a leading economic activity, sustainable tourism has an important role and responsibility in managing and conserving biological natural resources. As a key source of income and employment, tourism often provides strong incentives to protect biodiversity. Sustainable tourism can furthermore generate significant revenues for conservation and community development and help to raise awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme Tourism and Biodiversity is particularly pertinent in 2010. Concerned by the continued loss of biological diversity, the United Nations

Assembly declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity. The year coincides with the target adopted by governments in 2002, to achieve, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss. Ecologically, Cape Town is located within an area of globally significant biodiversity and unique conservation value. This is the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms, covering only 0.04 percent of the earth’s land surface, and the only one contained within a single country. The Cape Floral Kingdom has approximately 9600 species of indigenous plants, of which 70 percent are endemic and 1406 are listed in the Red Data Book. It is one of Conservation International’s Global Hotspots of Biodiversity, placing an international responsibility on our government and ourselves to ensure its conservation. Cape Town is a global urban biodiversity “hotspot” without parallel. It has fifteen vegetation types specific to the unique mix of soil, climate, topography, and oceanic influences found here. These vegetation types include high levels of species diversity and endemism, and unique ecological gradients found nowhere else in the world. Cape Town is also unusual in that an entire national park, Table Mountain, is situated within its boundaries. In addition, the city is bordered by, and overlaps with, two biosphere reserves (Kogelberg

Biodiversity is the variation of life on earth. The health of our planet is measured by the level of biodiversity.

and Cape West Coast). September is also Heritage Month, and Iziko Museums has announced a week-long programme of activities and events that will showcase Cape Town’s unique heritage and culture. This will include a multi-faceted programme of film screenings, public lectures, behind-the-scenes tours, Bo-Kaap excursions and school activities. Heritage Week – September 22-28 – also forms a crucial part of Tourism Month, and this year

all museums will be free to all for 7 days. This is an important time for South Africans to reflect on cultural heritage and on our diversity of beliefs and traditions, within the context of a national culture. Iziko says it will also run special educational programmes during Heritage Week. In a further initiative, Creative Cape Town, a programme aimed at supporting the development of Cape Town’s creative and knowledge economy, has joined forces with a range of partners to form Creative Week Cape Town. Creative Week Cape Town 2010 will take place from 24 September to 3 October. It is a key showcase of Creative Cape Town to engage locals in the numerous quality creative offerings of the city. For more information check out www.capetown.travel/ mycapetown , visit your nearest Cape Town Tourism Visitor Centre or watch the press for details.


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“Slow down the City!” This is the motto of Mathilde and Heike Stegmann, the motherand- daughter duo at the helm of the muchloved Bird Boutique Cafe in Bree Street. By Sue Segar

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have come here to meet the Stegmanns and to find out more about what makes this the central city lunch spot of choice for an evergrowing band of Capetonians. Indeed, the place does feel like a country haven in the middle of the metropolis. What did Li Edelkoort, the world famous trend forecaster say about the country coming into town? The Stegmanns are clearly ahead of their time, with their commitment to “keeping the old stuff alive” and to celebrate nostalgia. While I wait, I notice one trendy person after the next walk in and take a seat on the now well-known upturned milk crates, while, in the background, recorded bird noises, played on an old turntable at the back of the restaurant, add to the restful atmosphere. The cushion I am sitting on is dedicated “to one of the world’s most endangered animals (living right here amidst us on South African soil – the riverine rabbit).” To my left is an array of home-baked goodies too beautiful to be ignored - a plate of huge home-baked scones, a loaf of banana bread drizzled with chocolate, a moist cheese cake, a dark and decadent fruit cake, heart cookies covered in coloured sprinkles and a dish of Alice in Wonderland jam tarts. Besides them is

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a large protea in a simple earthenware jug. I’ve read before that, if you’re lucky, you will sometimes see a long German apple strudel being laid out on the table to cool. The menu – handwritten – features a range of healthy, simple dishes, like chicken pies, soup, quiche and salads. Honest, real food. Soul food. “We are an organic, bio-dynamic, slow-food, local and wild cafe, creating our food in a non-industrial kitchen. All our food is handmade and fresh, incorporating “Hoch-design,” say the mother and daughter team. To drink you can choose from a range of healthshakes – for instance the green shake, fresh with lots of apples, ginger, celery and parsley or aloe pulp with papaya; green tea or herb teapot with fresh ginger and pure honey, or you can ask for a glass of frosted desert fig juice or mint chiller. Otherwise, decide on a cup of renowned Bird’s Moer Coffee or a glass of organic wine. “We emphasise simple, seasonal ingredients, which are sourced from small, organic farms wherever we can,” Heike says. “Our clientele can be described as mindful. Travellers see Birds as a destination. Bird Café is now in its seventh year of existence. The Stegmanns have more than 15 years of passionate experience in restaurants and food and are involved with small-scale farmers in their enterprise. “When we started out, things were very different. Bree Street and nearby Church Street, believe it or not, was a very dangerous area. We would regularly have to call the police during lunch hours because somebody had had a handbag or something stolen,” says Mathilde. Born in Namibia and growing up on

a karakul farm in the south, Mathildes says: “We are fifth generation Namibian. Coming from the bush, I grew up knowing all the wild teas and coffees. This influences what I do daily.” Asked to name some of the highlights of Bird Cafe, she says: “Just starting this place was a highlight. Even though it was difficult and dangerous. Another highlight for a lot of businesses was when the Central City Improvement District changed the security of the whole central city. “We love the Cape Town Fan Walk; Den Anker Restaurant in the harbour for fish, walking in the mountain and we are getting to know the Bo-Kaap and the fynbos.” It’s not unusual for creative types to hold their meetings at the large trestle tables. They are busy organising Bird evenings for small audiences. n The restaurant takes reservations.

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Design Editors Speak at the Cape Town Design Network Did you know that Cape Town is the leading centre for publishing around design in the country?

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op design magazines like Visi, Design Indaba Magazine, Digest of South African Architecture and many more are based in Cape Town. Ever wondered what these editors think of Cape Town and its place in the local and international design scene, and what their thoughts may be on the city’s bid for World Design Capital and more? Here is your chance to hear some of our most respected design magazine editors speak about the potential of the local design industry. The Cape Town Design Network* will be hosting a panel comprising Laureen Rossouw (Elle Decoration), Giuseppe Russo (One Small Seed), Sean O’Toole (ART SA) and Leigh Robertson (features editor for House and Leisure). Join us for a night of exclusive information sharing, inspiration and networking. The event takes place during Creative Week Cape Town on 28 September 2010 from 17h30 – 19h30. The venue is the swish new Free World Coating building on the corner of Waterkant and Buitengracht Street (on the Fan Walk) which opens in October – this is your chance for a sneak preview. Entry is free and there will be a cash bar. Numbers are limited so please rsvp: bronwyn@ capetownpartnership.co.za. *The Cape Town Design Network (CTDN) is a fledgling organization set up to help facilitate the development of design in Cape Town and is a legacy project of the Cape Town for World Design Capital Bid 2014. The project is part of Creative Cape Town, a programme of the Cape Town Partnership, working to support and nurture the creative and knowledge economy in the city. The event is run by the CTDN interim board, and will present its short-term goals to guests.


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In Cape Town, a familiar face is not necessarily a well known one. Same goes for the area between Roeland and The Castle and Canterbury and Adderley streets. Scratch below the surface and you will discover there’s a lot going on in the area.

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The old leatherworks and that new(ish) music venue are fairly familiar. But did you know that the area is receiving an ideological and economic makeover? Don’t let its lovely looks deceive you. That small patch of earth on the city’s skirts is not all unfettered charm. Underneath its air of heritage and humility, great and innovative projects are at work.

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The buzz around it is adding creativity to heritage and small industry. The proactive Creative Cape Town is partly responsible. In Table Bay its efforts to facilitate dynamic partnerships in the central city on behalf of you and Cape Town Partnership, it has its fingers in many wells, Granger walls, corners and knells. Many with an interest in art, design Bay and business are asking questions. The East City has been earmarked to play a key part in Cape Town’s bid for World Design Capital 2014 as a “design park”. The award is granted biennially by the International Council Of Societies of Industrial Design(ICSID) to a city using design for social, cultural and economic development. Winning it would give Cape Town a(nother) V&A WATERFRONT chance to showcase its achievements and aspirations through a yearSomerset long programme of design-led events and activities. But back to the present, and the east end and the projects profiling its new image. STADIUM IRT STATION

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Open Innovation Studios – you’re not alone 27 Buitenkant Street

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“Work. Learn. Share. Change the world.” Welcome to Open Innovation Studios, a platform for professional sharing on Buitenkant Street. A dynamic space, it practises the philosophy that “you don’t have to be in a rigid, fixed space to do good work.” You also don’t have to be alone. It’s based on The Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto, a communal space N2 for social innovation. OIS includes a Cambridge University division, Rossum Robotics Academy, and Brightest Young N1 Minds. Interested in sustainable development, renewable Artscape Theatre energy, market research and software and social23media? Knock on the door. Tel: 021 808 2960

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About 40 000 people produce crafts in South Africa. From potters to beaders, wire artists to woodworkers, these talented individuals contribute R2 billion to the local economy every year. The CCDI, a non-profit support organisation supported by the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, co-ordinates these crafters in the Western Cape and strengthens the infrastructure of the trade. Tel: 021 4611488

The Platinum Group: Flashy fashion has a humble home 37 Barrack St

The Platinum Group has reason to boast. It is home to designer labels Jenni Button, Hilton Weiner, Urban°, Aca Joe and Vertigo and has it’s HQ in The East City. Tel: 021 4611207


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Good Hope Art Studios : Space to grow The Castle

Furnspace - changing the way we see the world before it’s built 71 Harrington Street

Ever wondered what your lounge would look like done differently? With a Kentridge on the wall or with no wall at all? A design hub in the epicentre of the East City can help you. Its photorealistic 3D design software solutions are world class. Who in design needs it? Who doesn’t? Architects, interior and product designers, interior decorators, product developers, building supplies finishes companies - even events producers. Anybody who sees into the future to design the present, basically. Owner Steven Harris encourages a young community of associated professionals in an open office set-up aimed at nurturing the creatives who use the space and serve each other and the industry. Tel: 021 4617406

“The East City is excellent for location and ease of commuters,” says André Barnard, of the Good Hope Art Studios in The Castle. They specialise in private and shared art studio space and mentoring workshops. Involved in outreach development as well, this is a hub of hope and creative production. The organisation aims to increase art production in unlikely areas. “For example, black female artists are scarce. Very often they’re the breadwinners, and art is seen as a luxury or even a vanity.” Resident artists have a standing exhibition at the Truworths headquarters in Spin Street that changes every fortnight. Tel: 021 4651718

The Fugard Theatre

Corner of Harrington and Caledon streets

Smack in the middle of the east side, in between the clubs, restaurants, bookshops and factory shops is the 270-seater Fugard Theatre, situated in the recently restored Sacks Futeran building. Named in honour of the legendary Athol Fugard, the theatre hit the ground running earlier this year with its opening production, The Magic Flute. Since then, performances of The Train Driver, London Road, Aesop’s Fables, Waiting for Godot and, more recently, Man to Man with Antoinette Kellerman, have met with resounding reviews. See a play then visit the roof terrace, even if its only to see the spectacular views of the Mother City. Tel: 021 4614554

38 Special Art Cafe & Studio : Doing it differently 38 Buitenkant Street

“This place is about so much more than art,” says Deryck van Steenderen. “It’s about creativity.” Downstairs in what is one of the oldest buildings in the city, you’ll find an art café, and upstairs, a dynamic gallery space that doubles as a dialogue destination. Other doubles include the exhibits - 38 Special showcases an emerging artist with every established one. Deryck continues. “When I came back from Europe, I was thinking that those are protected societies. They have time to appreciate art. In South Africa our everyday life is about survival. We don’t really have the headspace or the time for art. Most creative fields are not perceived to be viable careers because of the financial constraints. We want to change that.” Tel: 021 4621348

Cape Town Fashion Council 75 Harrington Street

Silks are in, bird earrings are out, v-necks are conservative and one wonders, in the aftermath of Fashion Week 2010, just who’s in charge of all this change? Nobody, of course, with fashion being one of the more wilful and widely consumed creative industries. The Fashion Council represents and develops local fashion, accessory and footwear designers through dialogue and development projects. A mouthpiece since November 2006, it also promotes the market internationally, and invests in the sector’s development a stitch and a sketch at a time. Its home is Harrington Street.

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East City design hub

Local designers Pedersen + Lennard have teamed up with World Design Capital to create a café and design store in East City design hub. The café, Field Office, serves locally roasted coffee from Deluxe Coffeeworks and showcases a range of furniture and art by local creatives. The space aims to raise awareness of Cape Town’s bid for World Design Capital 2014 and function as a working showroom for local design talent.

Dickey’s: Made To Fit

A pioneer artisan in the area, Dicky Peterson is a tailor in the traditional style. Without pausing in his work, he tells us about 30 years in the dressmaking trade. He’s been in the East City area since ‘94 and now specialises in bespoke menswear for corporates. He sits down at his classic Singer sewing machine where most of the garment making and alterations come to completion and ponders the changes in the trade over time. “I used to do a lot of ladieswear. Trouser making is more lucrative now.” Up with metro men, then.

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Walking into the highceilinged spaza-cum-takeaway, you’d not be laughed at for thinking you just flew back through time to around ... well, when exactly? The thing about shops like this is that they are timeless, quaint, and absolutely essential for the city’s many workers on the run. Carrying a menu that serves traditional fried and prebaked fast food heroes like pies, slap chips, and burgers, Al Haq is a mainstay of quick meals, making sure the many design companies and artisans in the area eat at least once a day.

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It’s a special place; a genuine heritage building that houses a street level art café and an art gallery and studio upstairs. Breakfasts are popular and affordable, and their delicious, healthy wraps will have you tastily tongue-tied. “The profile of people we get here is everything from the lawyers to local hairdressers to Maverick’s ladies on their day off,” says Deryck van

*Add free sauces for more flavour and wash it all down with a warm chai or a chilly mango lassie.

Not your average, everyday tavern, Dias is more of a home to its patrons than a simple restaurant. Homely décor and rows of seating set the scene for an evening of socialising. Specialising in Portuguese food with flair, it serves dishes like linefish, char-grilled steak, and peri-peri prawns. Those who enjoy eating to a soundtrack are spoilt with live music, and later on, dancing. Sometimes it’s fiesta, sometimes it’s golden oldies. And the name? Inspired by the late explorer, Bartholomew Dias.

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38 Buitenkant Street

Further west than all the rest, it’s also more upmarket. Facing diagonally onto Church Square, this little buffet lunch eatery is known for exclusive treats like bacon and egg pastries, and a chocolate cake that would threaten even the most diligent dieter. Their daily buffet is a rainbow of healthy, yummy options, from beetroot salad that tastes like heaven instead of earth, to Thai chicken curry that just about says “sawadi ka” when you come near it.

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tend to think visually, and find it helpful to create memory tags of areas, rather than of actual eateries. One area of interest not often covered by the greater cuisine critics in the city (and that includes food fundis like www.thefoodie.co.za) is the East City precinct. What does that mean, East City precinct? This isn’t a megalopolis like New York where you need a map to find your bellybutton, after all. The East City precinct is nestled between Roeland, Adderley and Canterbury streets. Of late, it’s a development area drawing increasing attention from appreciators of music, art, craft, design, small and medium sized businesses. Be-

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CityViews 15

September 2010

All pictures by Mark Reitz

Live On Stage: The Assembly

A sound way to lift the curtain on East City party

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here can you get Tokyo charm, Berlin style and Buenos Aires vibe in the city of pretty? The same place you’ll hear some of South Africa’s most vibrant and accomplished live musicians. Gather together, good people, and lend your ears to The Assembly. It’s no newcomer to the business of live music, but this late night entertainment venue in Harrington Street in the East City is now also an increasingly popular party venue. Why? It’s a world-class, entertainment space, malleable enough to hold its diverse friends. Some come in the form of fans (6000+ on Facebook), some in the form of fine musicians including local heroes like Foto Na Dans and Goldfish and international maestros Fink and The Bloody Beetroots. In its two and a bit years of bringing you beats and bands, a plethora of talent from A1 Bassline to Zebra and Giraffe has graced its stage, with Closet Snare, Fiddle East, and The Pan African Space Station in between. Breezing through The Assembly after hours, you’ll have to agree that the stage is set for a night studded with stars. You can quite happily rub elbows and noses with other party lovers and get a close up of the open stage, top up your tot at the ample bars, or take time out to chat on the stylish seating specially reserved for everybody.

Safe, sexy, sonic

The Assembly fits up to 1100 people quite comfortably (aircon included), it’s conveniently safe, has ample parking, security staff and car guards.

Atmosphere and attitude: professional and positive

As a space moulded around guests and performers, The Assembly engenders the spirit of the Cape Town music scene– high quality, high energy and synergy. The business approach is built into its ambience, and it shows. In 2010 it has enjoyed more international acts and more people through the door, proving that consistency, quality, individuality and playing nicely with the neighbours are all a part of a good night’s work.

The top note: the professionals approve

Considering The Assembly’s careful attention to sound, interior, services and space, Chris Carter, from the folk rock four-piece Holiday Murray, makes a good point. “There is no better venue for a musician to play in Cape Town”.

Feel it

In September – live acts and DJ sets @ The Assembly during Creative Week Thurs 23rd September - Kill Disco Album Launch Friday 24th September - Discotheque Wednesday 29th September - Necro (USA) Friday 1st October - Discotheque w. Haezer & more Saturday 2nd October - Foto Na Dans “Die Vloed” album launch n Visit www.theassembly.co.za for info.

My Cape Town: Luyanda Mpahlwa

FOCUS ON

director Principal and design of Luyanda Mpahlwa DesignSpaceAfrica.

 hat are your favourite design features W of Cape Town? A key design feature of Cape Town is the city’s proximity to nature and the influence which nature has on the city. The relationship between nature, people and landscape is an important one. Great opportunities arise from the impact of the sun on spaces and the landscape. The impact of the mountain, the sea views, the scenery and the rich plant life we have here are all important design influences for Cape Town, in my opinion. Another favourite feature is the intimacy and human scale which the inner city provides.  hich areas of design in the city could W be improved upon? Urban planning, in general, could be improved upon, as could pedestrian accessibility.

There is also a need to densify the city and to bridge the division that exists between the inner city and the city’s residential periphery – suburbs and townships. More architectural courage and creativity is required. We see a great deal of respect for tradition and the vernacular in Cape Town. A mix of contemporary and vernacular is hardly done with any success in the inner city. In the winelands, we see a mix of contemporary and vernacular. Very few building projects in the inner city have managed this balance. There are some gems in the residential sector, but in public architecture, there is too much polished granite, glass and stainless steel – and a lack of the warm and tactile or even the colourful aesthetic found in vernacular architecture.  hat are your favourite cities abroad? W I lived in Europe, particularly Germany, for fifteen years and have travelled a great deal. I will always regard Berlin as my favourite city. I also love Copenhagen, Paris and Rome. Rome, with its strong conservation regime, understands the origins of architecture and of place making. You can still smell the history. It is a beautiful, romantic city, which combines the old architecture with the current culture of the Italians – their street life, their eating culture, their fashion. Copenhagen is an intimate, accessible, bicycle city. New York is what I call an extreme mega-city – it has everything in extremes – density, distances and urban culture. Addis Ababa is also an extreme city – with the

extremities of an African metropole where rural and moden clash. What’s missing for you in Cape Town? Cape Town’s inner city is not dense enough to have the urban vibrancy one would expect from a world city. Everything is fragmented here. The city offers a limited intimacy and urban mix. Most of what happens is outside the broader metropole.

“Urban planning, in general, could be improved upon, as could pedestrian accessibility.“

 here do you go, in the city, for a decent W cup of coffee? Giovannis and Vida e. What are your shopping vices? Clothes and music . I am a music junkie and hobby DJ. I collect music and love African, particularly South African music. One of my favourites is Richard Bona from Cameroon. What are you reading at the moment? At the moment, I am trying to reconnect with my history of struggle. I am reading In A Different Time by Peter Harris. Everyone should read it. I am always, reading books on architecture and urban planning, for example

Places of the Soul – Environmental design as a healing art by Christopher Day and Personal Growth: African Style by Barbara Nussbaum et al.  hat building would you happily W demolish in the CBD? The Good Hope Centre. It sits at the transition between District Six and the inner city. With District Six and the inner city both trying to redefine themselves, the Good Hope Centre complex could be pivotal in creating an urban intersection and in the growth of the city towards the east. Beiing close to the station, the Good Hope Centre could be a major part of the intense connections taking the city towards the east. Something is waiting to happen there. I f you could pass any law in the city, what would you do? I would densify the inner city. I would ensure that District Six does not become an urban absence. It could become a place to reinstitute the urban mix the city misses. I know there are many sensitivies around District Six, but these sort of sensitivities have been solved in other cities. We cannot allow this urban fragmentation on such an important bit of real estate. What is the trait you like most about Capetonians? Our humour. The way we see ourselves as different from everyone else. We are sort of otherwise.


16 CityViews

September 2010

VISIT

Places to FROM PIERNEEF

TO GUGULECTIVE 1910 - 2010

Curated by Riason Naidoo at the Iziko South African National Gallery until 3 October 2010

If there’s one art exhibition all South Africans should make an effort to see it’s this one: 1910 – 2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective. The exhibition – which occupies the whole of the National Art Gallery – quite literally provides insight into the soul of South Africa, spanning, as curator Riason Naidoo says, “the length and breadth of this country, from the hilltops near the Union Buildings to the townships of Cape Town today.” With portraits of major national buildings, such as the Cape Town City Hall and the Union Buildings, bronzes of some of the country’s leaders and photographs capturing a range of ordinary South Africans, this display gives extraordinary insight into the complex nature of South African history and society through the years. The exhibition successfully showcases the history and diversity of South African art, from the formation of the Union of South Africa one hundred years ago, up to the present. For that reason, art lovers might find themselves revisiting the extensive exhibition a few times before it closes on 3 October.As Naidoo, the newly appointed Director of Arts Collections at Iziko explains, the exhibition has two primary aims: “to show the gallery’s permanent collection as well as to display a reflective selection of art from around the country.” While the exhibition aims to showcase prominent artists and art works, many

of the loans also offer exposure of some less known artists. They also reflect on important moments in South African history. “The exhibition also acknowledges important developments in local art history such as the modern art movement, Polly Street, Rorkes Drift, DRUM Magazine, Resistance Art and the rise of South Africa’s energetic contemporary art scene. It includes contemporary pieces by artists such as Nandipha Mntambo, Stuart Bird and Nicholas Hlobo,” says Naidoo. It successfully shows how art regularly reflects important historical developments in South Africa. For example, Tretchikoff’s Herb Seller (1948) is set against a backdrop of United Party and National Party election posters. Willie Bester’s belief that art is “a nasty tasting medicine for awakening consciences” points to the scars of the past that continue to impact on conditions in the present. Stuart Bird’s Zuma Biscuits reminds us that the present, too, has its own challenges. Visitors to this extensive exhibition will be treated to a range of modern works and rare treasures by Pierneef, Anton van Wouw, Gerard Sekoto, Irma Stern, George Pemba, Maggie Laubser, Gerard Bhengu, Durant Sihlali, Dumile Feni, Marlene Dumas and Walter Batiss. Works by inimitable photographers, including David Goldblatt, Alf Kumalo, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Pieter Hugo, Mikhael Subotzky and Guy Tillim also help tell the story of South Africa. In his photograph Cane Cutters, Mthethwa evokes more than any words could about the KwaZulu labourers he portrays. As does Tillim in, for instance

es OFFSIDE: Kick Ignorance out! football Unites; Racism Divid d removals FIELDS OF PLAY: Football memories and force District Six Museum’s Homecoming Centre 15 Buitenkant Street It also looks at experiences of racism in both countries and highlights ways in which it remains a blemish on the beautiful game.

It demonstrates the important role soccer plays in bringing about cultural

Fields of Play: football memories and forced removals, originally launched at the end of 2008, portrays the history of football from the first moment the game was played on Green Point Common in 1862, and traces the rich history of the football associations that used the Common for their games. The making of the exhibition reunited a number of football administrators, players, referees and spectators of the game. Their memories and stories vividly bring to life the rich history of struggle, competition, discipline and achievement by the city’s sporting communities.

understanding and celebrates the achievements of South African players.

Both exhibitions are treasure troves of fascinating football facts and anecdotes.

Offside: Kick Ignorance Out! Football Unites, Racism Divides, a collaboration between the British Council; the District Six Museum; Football Unites,Racism Divides (FURD) and Kick It Out, highlights aspects of the footballing relationship between the United Kingdom and South Africa and how it has evolved over the last century.

his photograph of the reception hall at Mobutu’s Palace in Congo. The highlights for this reviewer were too many to mention, even after three visits. The exhibition includes a number of thought-provoking mixed media installations. The internationally renowned South African author Nadine Gordimer recalls, as a child visiting the Johannesburg Art Gallery, seeing South African art “as a sculpture by Anton van Wouw entitled The Sleeping Kaffir. 1907.” Gordimer recalls seeing still life drawings painted by European visitors who saw the local inhabitants as “romantic species, if not actually being without consciousness.” This exhibition succeeds in rectifying Gordimer’s experience. Anyone with an interest in, not only art, but in the history of South Africa and its diversity, should see it.

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New Year Carnival in Iziko Good Hope Gallery Secunda House, Castle of Good Hope

Where else in the world do we find a carnival as unique as Cape Town’s minstrel’s carnival?

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Where else is “Tweede Nuwe Jaar” – the second day of the new year – a time for reclaiming a city for community and creativity – and, of course, a license to be “deurmekaar”. While many of us who live in Cape Town have joined in the celebrations or at least watched this historical carnival, which is so much a part of Cape Town’s history, there is a great deal we don’t know about the origins and roots of this vibrant celebration. Look no further than the Iziko Good Hope Gallery at the Castle of Good Hope where an exhibition, Ghoema & Glitter: New Year Carnival in Cape Town, documents this historical carnival, which has its roots in slavery in the Cape. The innovative exhibition, which runs till 31 January 2011, places a strong focus on oral history and includes photos, artworks, words, sound and video. Ghoema & Glitter: New Year Carnival in Cape Town, is the first exhibition to be held on this carnival. Through interviews with

klopse, nagtroepe and Christmas Bands, the history and lives of former inner-city residents of Cape Town and families forcibly removed from their homes, come alive in words, photographs, artworks, and film footage.

One thing that becomes clear on a visit to this exhibition is that the New Year Carnival is rooted in the history of the city of Cape Town. The exhibition reveals themes that speak of oppression, the yearning for freedom, celebration and the importance of music in people daily lives. The Minstrel’s Carnival is closely connected to the working class origins of the people who, since slavery and emancipation, were residents of the inner city of Cape Town. The Carnival had its official beginning in 1907, but the social roots of the carnival lie much earlier in the experiences of colonial slavery. The early historyof the Carnival demonstrates the cosmopolitan lives and multi-cultural attitudes of the communities which were

exposed to so many immigrants, ideas and influences as these came in successive waves through Cape Town’s port. In this vibrant, colourful display, you will meet the choirs that compete for the coveted trophies and the Silver Fez. You’ll see examples of the uniforms worn to the event. You will get insight into the lives of the people who participated in the Carnival and into those who dressed up and lined the streets of District Six and the Bo Kaap to watch the processions. It was the place where old neighbours could meet. It was holiday time. You will, no doubt, be proud that the tradition of converging on the city and reclaiming the streets for the street parade still remains today.

City Views September 2010: Cape Town as a Creative City  

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