There are so many arty events happening in this glorious city over the next few days that I don’t quite know how to handle it! As an avid art lover I must and will go to them all (if I possibly can), but I have to say I could do with Hermione’s time-turner necklace (Harry Potter nerds will get this reference) to spend the maximum time at each one.
I’ve already blogged about the Design Indaba; the conference aspect of which starts today. This cutting-edge creative event is an annual arts highlight, showcasing the best talent in the country, and the current trends and direction for African art. The Expo is running from the 27th of February until the 1st March and you can purchase your tickets online.
Running concurrently to the Design Indaba is the Guild Design Fair located at the V&A Waterfront. According to the event website,”GUILD represents the coming together of dedicated, focused curators, designers and institutions who are striving to preserve and provoke exceptional, groundbreaking design.” I’m expecting to be blown away by gorgeous design and fresh perspectives from international leaders in the industry. It’s also going to be interesting to see what South Africa is doing compared to other African countries, and to celebrate the continent’s talent as a whole. Tickets can be purchased online.
While I’m at the Waterfront, I’m also going to go to the Cape Town Art Fair, which is located along the new Art Avenue, extending through the North Wharf, up to the Bascule Bridge. I love the concept behind this event which aims to showcase the best in both local and international design, while also giving the public the chance to interact with the artists and become part of a sometimes rather elitist art community. Promising ground-breaking contemporary art, interactive outdoor installations, and talks by the industry’s preeminent names, this is not one to miss! It’s running from the 26th of February to the 1st of March, and tickets can be purchased via Computicket.
That Art Fair is another arty attraction which is happening on the outskirts of the trendy, upcoming district of Woodstock from the 27th of February to the 1st of March. Creating a platform for artists often overlooked by the traditional art scene, the event aims to break down barriers by focusing on emerging talent and providing the public with accessible and affordable artworks. Let’s also not forget That After Party, which includes sets by the city’s best upcoming DJs and local performers. Tickets can be purchased from Webtickets.
Lastly, the city is being infected! It’s time for the much anticipated 2015 Infecting the City event which takes place across the Central Business District from the 9th to the 14th of March. With the admirable intent of turning the city into a public art space accessible to everyone, this vibrant festival celebrates the communal quality of art with socially-engaged, interactive performances and spontaneous exhibitions from theatres and galleries. I’m particularly excited about the giant slinkie installation by Bedlam Oz, and the dreamy Prayer to the New Moon performance by New Moon Collective. Be sure to download the programme so you know exactly what’s happening when.
I feel rather breathless looking over this list; mostly from excitement but also because I’m just not quite sure how to fit it all in! I can’t help but feel proud – we must have one of the most vibrant creative cultures in the world – Cape Town, you’re pretty cool.