After a very successful visit by the World Design Capital organising committee, Cape Town is turning up the volume on all things creativeCreative Week Cape Town 2011, an annual celebration of all things inventive, innovative or just plan interesting in the city, is happening from 9 to 18 September 2011.   

The brainchild of Creative Cape Town and a legacy project of the city’s World Design Capital 2014 bid,Creative Week Cape Town is an annual user-generated event that puts the spotlight on the city’s creativeindustries. While it involves a core programme, the Creative Week calendar is predominantly populated by ordinary Capetonians. Anyone is welcome to submit their event for inclusion at – as a range of art galleries, musicians, designers, photographers and artists have already done.

The core programme includes the launch of City Hall Sessions on 9 and 10 September 2011. This is the first in a series of multi-genre music concerts to be held regularly over the next two years at Cape Town City Hall, headlining both local and international musicians. The September concert features Thandiswa Mazwai (of Bongo Maffin fame), the jazzy Kesivan & The Lights, as well as the Cape Town debut of international artists Ray Lema (DRC) and Chico César (Brazil). 

Creative Week also includes the advertising, media and design world’s annual mega-event; The Loerie Awards, which will be hosted in Cape Town from 16 to 18 September 2011.

While events will take place all over the peninsula, the physical centre of Creative Week is The Fringe: Cape Town’s Design and Innovation District, where the launch of the Creative Cape Town Annual 2011will take place. This year’s edition of the annual explores developments in The Fringe.


Other highlights for the week include:

  • The Goematronics Remix Competition prizegiving, showcasing digital remixes of local sound using the traditional goema beat endemic to the Cape.
  • Walking on Walls, a tour of street art and murals in The Fringe with renowned graffiti artist Mak1one. The tour will focus on memory, future-making and meaning in public art, and will include an informal discussion.
  • A District Six Walkabout with musician and community leader Joe Schaffers of the District Six Museum.
  • Bespoke tours of Cape Town design studios in association with VISI and the Cape Town Design Network.
  • Music City, a Cape music documentary film festival screened at the Labia on Orange, in partnership with Encounters Documentary Film Festival and the Cape Film Commission.  
  • A Central City Partners’ Forum focusing on The Fringe.
  • creative coffee morning with crafty Capetonian Lauren Fowler, who will speak about knitting and cross-stitch, drawing and design.
  • The opening of Studio 41, a new creative space run by Zavick Botha aka Supadog .
  • The screening of Nha Fala (My Voice, 2004), an award-winning musical by acclaimed director Flora Gomes from Guinea-Bissau and part of Learn Africa, Love Africa, an ongoing event series from African Arts Institute (AFAI).
  • TEDxMfuleni, a series of independently organised events around the theme of Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED), now in local areas and local languages.


Says Creative Cape Town coordinator Zayd Minty, “This year, we have created a fantastic campaign called ‘F the Box’, in collaboration with our design team, Infestation. We played with idea of thinking outside of the box. When you see a branded box outside a venue during Creative Week, you know that something interesting is going on inside.”

Creatives are encouraged to participate in Creative Week Cape Town by visiting and adding their event to the listing.

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A free guide to Creative Week Cape Town will be published in the September edition of City Views.