Public Spaces

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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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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Serendipity in the city: A City Views cover story

Photo of a man-made rainbow by artist Michael Elion on the cover of City Views December 2012

Cities and serendipity are somehow synonymous: There’s something about the diversity that cities bring together in dense areas that makes them the perfect place to come across something extraordinary or surprising completely by accident. This is also what makes our urban environment rich hunting ground for photography, an art form that relies a great deal on happy accidents – finding the right shot at the right time when you happen to have your camera handy. The cover shot of our December edition of City Views captured just such a moment in our city. Here’s the back story to our front cover. Continued…

December 11, 2012

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Man-made rainbow on Wale Street in the run-up to Creative Week

Rainbow in the City, photo by Guto Bussab

The build-up to Creative Week Cape Town has begun with a surprising and delightful public art installation by artist Michael Elion. Continued…

September 11, 2012

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Trees give Cape Town a green edge

Trees seen in Cape Town city centre

Cape Town is a better city for its beautiful trees, and the four hundred indigenous trees that will be planted to celebrate Arbor Day is an investment in the future, city officials say. Continued…

September 6, 2011

Posted in CCID, Experience, Featured, Green, History & Memory, Stories, Sustainability, Urban management.

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Stroll Among the New Street Sculptures on the Fan Walk

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Soccer fans walking near the Prestwich Memorial area of the Fan Walk will be able to touch, explore and photograph themselves with unusual new street sculptures that have been installed for the soccer festival. Continued…

June 11, 2010

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Free Wi-Fi internet set to further enhance bustling Greenmarket Square precinct

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For an initial six months only, Capetonians can enjoy free wireless internet at South Africa’s oldest public space, Greenmarket Square. In a unique collaboration between Cape Town Partnership and Skyrove, the premium Wi-Fi hotspot provider, locals will now have access to 10MB’s of free internet daily. Continued…

April 30, 2010

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Music in the City

Lovers of good music have good reason to visit the Cape Town City Hall over the next few days. Continued…

April 19, 2010

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Green Point Urban Park

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With the Cape Town Stadium now complete, the Green Point Urban Park takes shape in this recent aerial photograph. (Photo by Bruce Sutherland)

April 14, 2010

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