The first official City Walk Saturdays of the year kicked off without a hitch. Despite a sprinkling of early morning rain, by 10am, the skies were clear and the performers ready. Once more the stage was set for a variety of performances and games.
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To cater for the number of visitors to the Company’s Garden, fast becoming one of Cape Town’s most popular destinations for families and tourists in recent years, many of the offerings were clustered here. First on the bill, was “Butterfly Dreams” performed by Jungle Theatre Company. Kicking off at 10.30am, this moving piece took the perspective of a young girl watching a caterpillar transform into a butterfly. With two giant butterflies dancing on stilts and accompanied by rhythmic drumming, “Butterfly Dreams” proved a marvelous drawcard in the Paddocks area of the garden as attested to by the approximately 200-strong crowd who stopped to watch.
The Cape Town Festival occupied City Walk Saturdays for the duration of the event. Thanks to the organisers, visitors and locals were treated to the vocal talents of 10-year old Talitha Luiters. This pint-sized muso with a stage presence and poise that bely her youth, was also the winner of last year’s Hectic Nine-9 talent competition, Shine Nine-9, her mother advised proudly.
Giant Jenga blocks saw passersby pit their skills against kids of all ages who gravitated towards this game of skill. Many adults had to concede defeat to the more adept and nimble fingers of the youngsters who owned this game. Likewise, lower down in Government Avenue, the chess tables manned by Paul Khuphwathea, a chess teacher and coach at schools such as Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt, United Herzlia School and Springfield Junior Convent School, attracted a few youngsters willing to show Paul a thing or two!
Those going about their business in the vicinity of the City Walk route – stretching from the Company’s Garden, up St George’s Mall along the Waterkant stretch of the Fan Walk to St Andrew’s Square, were not forgotten. An exciting collaboration between violist Anele Mhlahlo, DAT and Afrikaaps rapper, Jitsvinger, at the Bart Simpson statue in Lower St George’s Mall, had the crowd stomping just as soft, new rain began to fall, subtly, yet powerfully drawing the March City Walk Saturdays to a rousing close.
City Walk Saturdays is a citizen-sourced programme. So if you have a contribution you’d like to list, an event you’re eager to put on, or merely want an audience or feedback for your poetry, rapping, dance, drama – whatever – please do get in touch! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Ukhona on 021 4191881. Who knows? Next month it could be you setting the stage alight.