FREE ways to enjoy Cape Town as WDC2014

2014-03-04 12:39

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So, we all know the good news by now (or well, we should at least) – Cape Town was named the World Design Capital for 2014!

This means that the Mother City’s social schedule will be packed with all sorts of amazing events aimed at appreciating the city and the diverse range of art and design culture it encapsulates and breeds.  

Unfortunately a number of the events associated with WDC2014 do happen to have rather exorbitant price tags attached, which makes it hard for those of us dangling on shoestrings to make the most of this extraordinary year.

However, there’s some good news! Not only does the programme include some seriously budget-friendly events, some of them are even FREE!

Here’s a list of our top five FREE creative events to attend in Cape Town (and they also aren’t limited to 2014):  

Pecha Kucha Night

Need some inspiration? Pecha Kucha Night is definitely the thing for you then!

Taking place on a Tuesday night once every quarter at The Assembly in Harrington Street, Pecha Kucha sees about nine passionate presenters take to the stage to share their idea, project or story with the crowd in a punchy 20-slide presentation. Each slide only shows for 20 seconds, which means you have 6 minutes and 40 seconds to put your idea across.  

And it’s amazing what people manage to say in such a short time!

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in 2003 by Klein Dytham Architecture. It draws its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”. It was started as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It was so successful, that it has now spread to cities right across the world, including Cape Town.  

Next event: Tuesday 4th March, 7pm – 9pm
More details: Check out the Pecha Kucha website.  

First Thursdays

Well, as the name suggests, the event takes place on the first Thursday of every month and sees the inner cities galleries and exhibition spaces stay open till 9pm.

Apart from the longer hours, they also don’t charge an entry fee! The idea originated in London to make art galleries and museums more accessible to the public.

Next event: Thursday, 6 March
More details: First Thursdays website  

Hang out in Green Point Park

Immaculately landscaped and filled with all sorts of interesting artistic nooks and crannies, Green Point Park is a great way to combine an outdoor activity with design appreciation, plus a bit of an education in biodiversity.  

It does tend to get super busy on weekends with families, but it’s all part of the fun. If you are looking for a quite time, however, opt for a weekday or early morning.  

There is no entry fee and the park is open from 07:00 to 19:00 every single day. Picnics, dogs on leashes and even bicycles are welcome in the park.  

More information: Green Point Park Website


CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee!

Topics covered have included everything from AfrikaBurn to the Name Your Hood campaign to Crowdfunding. So, no matter what field you find yourself in, these mornings are sure to bring some inspiration.

Next event: February 28, 8:30 – 10:00, hosted at Friends of Design - Academy of Digital Arts 

More information: CreativeMornings website 

Do #moonlightmass

Every full moon Cape Town's streets get an extra sprinkling of magic as hundreds of bikes, boards and wheels of all sorts take over in a mass celebration of the city and the unique joy of navigating it using only eco-friendly energy.  

While the ride may not have anything to do with design per se, it does take you past some of the city’s most amazing design and architecture – the Cape Town Stadium, the rejuvenated promenade, the historical CBD.  

Next event: 16 March
More information: #moonlightmass website
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