Cape Town's most creative month

2012-09-04 16:06

Arguably the most creative month on Cape Town's calendar, September is always chock-a-block with events and functions as the city shakes off her winter coat.

Hinged around the Creative Week Cape Town (15-23 September) platform, this September will see the second Architecture ZA 2012 Biennial Festival (13-16 September) and the return of the advertising, design and media award weekend; the Loeries, taking place this year at the Cape Town City Hall and CTICC from 17-23 September.

The urban literary festival, Open Book, which gathers 34 international authors over 100 events, is also taking place between 20th and 24th September.

Creative Week Cape Town is a project of Creative Cape Town and is a platform for creative thinkers - and doers - to gather together, express, collaborate and contribute to the rich texture of Cape Town's creative life, Creative Week is a crowd-sourced event.

Anyone interested in tagging their event to the Creative Week calendar can find out more on Creative Week's website following the steps to submit their event.

Collectively these events will form a layered map of photographic expeditions, art gallery openings, short film showings, design exhibits, theatre, music events, conversation forums and more. Says Cape Town Partnership MD, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana; "It is through creativity that we re-imagine our city.

Raw talent, curiosity and the willingness to flip over and re-examine the obvious and ordinary enable us to see our city soulfully. We need to do this to better understand what it is that makes a city liveable. Our public spaces are our social and creative playgrounds and Creative Week asks us all to engage with the spaces in between."

Keep an eye out for parklets, a series of occupied parking spaces that will be ‘hijacked' for art installations ahead of World Car Free Day on 22 September, street art in the Fringe District and cyclists whizzing by in costume.

Other events will be announced as the week nears and creative explorers are advised to watch the Creative Week calendar or follow on Twitter @CreativeCT or Facebook on Creative Cape Town.

A little more information on Creative Week:

Creative Week Cape Town started as a legacy event for Cape Town's World Design Capital 2014 bid. Inaugurated in September 2010, it aims to strengthen the local creative community by providing a platform on which local creative and innovative industries can showcase their work. This initiative builds on Creative Cape Town's work communicating, supporting and facilitating the development of the creative and knowledge economy in the central city of Cape Town.

Creative Week Cape Town will run from 15 - 23 September 2012. Look out for the Loerie Awards ceremonies which will bring Creative Week to a close on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). For the first time the Pendoring Awards, which celebrate and encourage the use of Afrikaans advertising, will be part of Creative Week and will be held on 21 September.

Events can be staged anywhere in Cape Town. The Fringe: Cape Town's Design and Innovation District will again host a number of events during 2012.

Creative Week Cape Town is a user-generated event, which means that events are independently organised by participants - and that means you. Creative Week Cape Town events will be promoted on this site, in the mainstream media and in niche publications, including those of Creative Cape Town and its partners.

Creative Week Cape Town invites individuals and organisations involved in all aspects of Cape Town's creative life - education, arts, design, innovation, advertising, music and service organisations - to participate. Events may include, but are not limited to, lectures, presentations, demonstrations and networking. The format is open to interpretation, so if you have an idea, turn it into an event.

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If you'd like to take part, please register your event and read the FAQ page. Join the Creative Cape Town community on Facebook, and be sure to follow @CreativeCT on Twitter to make sure you don't miss out any further details about Creative Week!

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