Open Streets: A lesson in owning public spaces

Open Streets Cape Town Observatory

In just one week since Open Streets took place in Lower Main Road, Observatory on Africa Day, nearly 400 pictures have been shared on the Open Streets Facebook page, multiple blog posts have been published and every major newspaper in Cape Town has covered the event in some way. Continued…

May 30, 2013

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Africa Day 2013: Opportunities to be an active citizen

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On 25 May, the world celebrates Africa Day. In Cape Town, the day sees a new wave of citizen activism taking hold in the Mother City, with civil society reclaiming the right to cultural production, to public spaces and the right to express themselves and their creativity. Continued…

May 24, 2013

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Drawing on diversity: a City Views cover story

Illustration of Cape Town and its biodiversity by Alex Latimer

In honour of International Day of Biodiversity on 22 May, the May edition of City Views celebrates the abundance and variety of Cape Town, one of three cities globally that rank as an urban biodiversity hotspot.


May 7, 2013

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What does freedom sound like? City Hall Sessions, on stage and behind the scenes

Cape Town City Hall Sessions audience enjoys the Moreira Project on stage

What does freedom sound like? If you were at the sixth instalment of City Hall Sessions in Cape Town on Saturday 27 April 2013 – the day South Africa celebrated the first post-apartheid elections 19 years ago – you would’ve heard Paul Hanmer, McCoy Mrubata, Amaryoni and the Moreira Project in concert. And perhaps, through their music, you would’ve tasted freedom. What did performing in this particular space on Freedom Day mean for the musicians and for the crew behind the scenes? Alma Viviers went in search of answers. Continued…

May 2, 2013

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iZimvo zase Kasi: Your city, your views

Infecting the City 2013

What we’ve realised over more than a decade at the Cape Town Partnership is that none of us can solve the challenges we face in the city alone.  If we’re to have a cohesive urban fabric in the future, we need a cohesive human fabric on which to build it today. We need a network that helps us connect town to township, city to city, people who are here today with people who will live here tomorrow. With this in mind, the Cape Town Partnership recently launched the Central City Partners Forum for 2013 under the new banner of iZimvo zase Kasi. This Xhosa phrase approximates to “views from the city” and represents an invitation for everyone in the city to get involved and share their views, their ideas and their time on how to make Cape Town a more sustainable and inclusive city.


April 4, 2013

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Stop waiting, start making: Lessons in liveability from Jeanne van Heeswijk

Jeanne van Heeswijk

Based in Rotterdam, Jeanne van Heeswijk is a visual artist who creates situations in public places to provoke interactions between members of the public. These provocations include talking to trees, arranging fashion marches and baking bread, but all are aimed at setting up opportunities for new encounters and dialogue – in a way is finely tuned to the subtlety of needs, desires and ambitions of a local people and place. Jeanne presented some of her work at Design Indaba 2013. Here she shares more of her thoughts on public engagement, gentrification and the value of co-production:


April 2, 2013

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Taipei and Cape Town sign landmark agreement

Taipei Cape Town design agreement. Photo by Anita Reed

Cape Town, represented by the Cape Town Partnership, has signed a memorandum of agreement with the City of Taipei, committing to strengthening ties between design communities in the two cities.

March 13, 2013

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The community stories behind Cape Town Carnival

Charlene Constables, together with a range of musicians, create the rhythm and vibe of the event.

The Cape Town Carnival doesn’t only bring people together on the day of the parade. Behind the costumes and colourful floats, it also sets an example of how a single annual event can help build communities all year round. Continued…

March 10, 2013

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Scrabbling the city: a City Views cover story

Guto Bussab_Scrabbling the City

On the cover of the March issue of City Views we give you a taste of what is to come during the free public arts festival Infecting the City from 11 to 16 March. The featured work, Scrabbling, is based on the popular word game Scrabble and invites audience and passersby to express themselves and collectively create a temporary artwork. Creator Guto Bussab is the founder and owner of MUTI, a parent brand for Muti Films (film production), Muti Photography (commercial photography) and TheMutiGallery art gallery). City Views traded letters with the artist.


March 7, 2013

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United by design: Cape Town and Taipei


A recent visit of a design delegation from Taipei, co-hosted by the Cape Town Partnership and the City of Cape Town, provided a valuable forum for sharing ideas about design and the future of cities.


March 7, 2013

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