A Guide To Creative Week Cape Town 2014



It’s nearly time for the fifth annual Creative Week Cape Town to kick off, celebrating everyday creativity and innovation with a jam-packed programme of events. From street art to outdoor exhibitions, demonstrations to lectures, parties to public space activations – all happenings are independently organised by Creative Week participants. Here’s our curated guide of some of the most interesting things to do and see from 13 – 21 September:


Jenna Burchell, Homing


13 September is the last day to view Jenna Burchell‘s travelling, interactive sound installation, Homing, at the Lovell Gallery (The Loft, 139 Albert Rd, Woodstock) between 10-2pm. Homing is a meticulously hand-built environment designed to combine contemporary art, sound and live interactive participation. The installation subtly exposes the viewer to the tensions created by the technological dependency of the dispersed, and offers brief and limited moments of exchange between art, life and people.



City Project


In collaboration with the Neighbourhood Communication Project, 40 second-year students at UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Art will be creating artistic interventions in Harrington Street in the east city. Called the City Project, the interventions will take place from 13 – 21 September and will use the city as a context and inspiration for thinking about art. These include: Open Lunch on 15 September from 9am -5pm, Qokelela – Clean the city on 17 September from 12-3pm and Welldone on 18 September from 9am – 12pm.





Open Book Cape Town is an annual literary festival that takes place over 5 days, this year from 17 – 21 September. The core programme of the festival includes events that feature both international and local authors. There are four major elements to the Open Book vision: a truly international festival that attracts top writers and an audience from around the world, a fantastic showcase of the best of South African writing, drawing representative audiences to all Open Book events, and making a significant and sustainable contribution to our future by building a love of reading and books among the youth of Cape Town. Events will be happening at several venues in Cape Town’s ‘Fringe’, which are all within walking distance of each other. Have a look at the programme which includes a comics fest, workshops, talks and readings.






On 16 September Shopstar is presenting an e-commerce chat, where social media hero Adele Bezuidenhout of WonderwomanCPT will talk about marketing your online business successfully and making customers happy. The event takes place from 5-9pm at Tamboerswinkel (3 De Lorentz Street/Kloof Street, Upper Gardens).





Walk With Me is a writing and walking adventure with Write On! and poet Amy Kaye through Cape Town. On the walk, you’ll be given creative and writing prompts designed to help you to see Cape Town like you’ve never seen it before. Walk With Me is happening on 13 and 21 September from 2-4pm, meeting at Centre For The Book (Queen Victoria Street). RSVP here.



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A Live Digital Design Tournament is happening on 17 September. Unlike submission-based design tournament, this one is a battle format where emerging, freelance and professional designers flex their skills before a live audience. Designers are given a brief or theme live on stage to create a single designed artwork during their 15-20 minute heat. The event takes place at Friends of Design (H.A.K house, 186 Bree Street) from 6-10:30pm. Find out how to enter.





Join Creative Cape Town for a Meet the Makers visit with Black Ginger, a multi award winning talent driven animation and visual effects studio. The event happens on 16 September from 10-11am at 60 New Church Street (2nd floor, Infant Building). RSVP here.



Struck Silent


Struck Silent, the second installment of a collaboration between the Baxter Theatre Centre and Scenkonst Sörmland, takes place on 13 September. South African choreographer Ananda Fuchs teams with Swedish composer Tebogo Monnakgotla to create a new work of dance and theatre which looks at the responses of seniors to the ever-growing rapid pace of the global economy. Admission is R100 and Struck Silent will be on from 2-3pm at the Baxter Theatre Centre (Main Road, Rondebosch).





Facebook will host its first Creative Shop Hackathon in Africa on Thursday 18 September. Designed specifically for young creative designers with one to two years of experience, the workshop offers the opportunity to work on a real creative brief for the Loeries Creative Future Scholarship, with winners announced at the end of the workshop. The Hackathon is limited to 40 participants and will take place between 10am and 4pm at Southern Sun The Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town.





The Loeries Exhibition showcases the best of all aspects of brand communication – visiting major centres as well as schools and colleges. Marketers, agencies and consumers are afforded the opportunity to view all the winning work, while up-and-coming creatives are given lots of inspiration to produce their own award-winning work. Having made it’s way through Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria since March this year, the final instalment of the exhibition is showing at Cinema Nouveau at the V&A Waterfront from 17 – 21 September.





David Hare’s The Vertical Hour is a play addressing the relationship of characters with opposing views on the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and also explores psychological tension between public lives and private lives. It’s showing at Theatre On The Bay from Friday, 12 September to Saturday, 27 September. Book tickets here.





Anotherlightup are hosting a street art tour of Cape Town with globally renowned contemporary artist Faith47 herself. The half day experience costs R600 per attendee, with all proceeds going towards building streetlights in Monwabisi, Khayelitsha during Creative Week 2014. It will begin at 11am on Sunday, 14 September starting at the multi-story mural on De Waal Drive, moving through Woodstock and finalising in Monwabisi Park. Spaces are limited so booking is essential, which you can do by emailing caroline@capetownpartnership.co.za or calling 072 786 6568. Find out more here.



Visit www.creativeweekct.co.za for the entire Creative Week Cape Town 2014 programme or stay up to date on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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