The ninth Open City takes place during First Thursdays on 7 May. Want to know what it’s about and get involved in redefining Church Square? Watch our new video to find out how.
Our friends Muti film and production house have put together this great video about how our Open City project on Church Square has evolved, what it means to the local community and why it matters. Of course, what becomes abundantly clear, is how the project is based entirely on Capetonians themselves who are reclaiming and reshaping their public spaces in the way that they like.
The ninth edition of the monthly Open City initiative, taking place on Thursday 7 May, is again calling for anyone and everyone who would like to get involved to pop up and join in. A community-activated event self-populated by interested citizens, Open City is coordinated by Cape Town Partnership, which is here to help with practical guidance, permits and connecting relevant stakeholders.
Participants will be listed below as soon as they have confirmed and there will also be the regular gathering of food trucks, games and urbanistas. Contact Didintle Ntsie with a rough outline of what you would like to do by emailing email@example.com.
Experience Cape Town’s first virtual ARt gallery, powered by Layar and augmented by Digital Narrative. It’s easy to join in, all you need to do is:
- Download the free Layar app on to your smartphone or tablet at get.layar.com.
- Look out for the event posters that will be around Church Square.
- Scan the poster with the Layar app.
- Watch the virtual ARt gallery come to life
The Draw More Club will also be there again and the theme this month is blue. Young or old, skilled or unskilled, everybody is welcome to join in this open collaborative space for artists and people who just like to draw. The mission is to spread the drawing culture and all materials are provided. Contact Abdul for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The KIF exhibition and pop-up store is also an opportunity to draw and experience real art works that tell real stories from the townships; no fine technology, only real stories and handcraft.
Food trucks will include Meisies Kitchen, which will be serving its simple and innovative, fresh home-cooked meals.
Be a DJ for 30 minutes and share your sounds with others at Plug & Play. There will be a small sound system that you can play music from; simply come by the square, grab a bite to eat and share some of your favourite tunes.
Find out more about Open City
- Three reasons to take ownership of public spaces, by Didintle Ntsie
- Open City: Manufacturing memory, by Lwandile Fikeni
- Poetry and art facilitate difficult discussions about history, memory and public space
- Church Square in history: from silk-spinning factory to slave market then parking lot
- Public space and placemaking: Church Square in pictures
- Culture helps put the city back into the hands of the people, writes Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana