A group of 25 people joined a Culture Connect tour of Bo-Kaap to explore and learn about local history as part of Open Design Afrika’s festival.Tour organiser, Kate Crane Briggs said participants included residents and two overseas entrepreneurs keen to explore the historic area. The festival covered large parts of the CBD, with the Good Hope Centre being a focal point. The festival started on Friday 18 October and ended on Sunday 27 October. It raised awareness about technology. Innovators, social entrepreneurs and software developers showcased their work during the festival.The guided walk in Bo-Kaap was led by architect and lecturer at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Sadiq Toffa.Culture Connect has two open tours a month, other tours are customised to suit the needs of visitors. The tour to Bo-Kaap focused on the neighbourhood’s rich history - from the days of slavery and apartheid’s social engineering to gentrification which has seen residents battle to retain the community’s historic character. “Building new Bo-Kaap friends and ambassadors, increasing knowledge and appreciation about its special architecture and heritage was our aim. Also seeing the colourful, varied buildings and understanding more about them, including why they are painted in so many bright colours. We also had lunch together,” Kate adds.For more information about Culture Connect SA, visit www.cultureconnectsa.com.