There are many theories behind Cape Town’s affectionately dubbed nickname the ‘mother city’, however, we’d like to believe it’s attributed to the city’s ability to create space for new ideas and cultivate a culture of positive change.
Not only does the ‘mother city’ play host to the most magnificent natural landscape, there is also an endless list of things to do, places to see and activities to get involved in. Because this list is so diverse, we’ve broken it down for you into a list of must-attend-at-least-once events, taking place between January and March, which also contribute to making a difference in the city.
Open Streets Cape Town
Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT) is a community-led initiative inspired by the need to create shared spaces in the city and with the aim to bring people together regardless of who they are or where they come from. Since it’s genesis in 2012, OSCT has grown into an annual highlight for locals and visitors. People from all over the city come together and the street is turned into a car-free playground of creative arts, yoga and anything fun, creative and inclusive. The heart of the initiative is rooted in ‘challenging paradigms of urban mobility…and ultimately drive behavior change around the role of streets in the life of the city’.
The concept originated in Bogotá, Colombia where it’s known as “Ciclovía” and attended by approximately two million people on a 120-kilometre stretch of car-free streets every Sunday and public holiday. It has since been adopted by 400 other cities around the world.
Check their website for the next Open Streets event taking place in Mitchell’s Plain www.openstreets.org.za
Lace up for Cancer Fun Run
This World Cancer Day Hospice Palliative Care Association in collaboration with the Cancer Alliance (CANSA, Choc, Love Your Nuts, People Living With Cancer and Sunflower Fund) hosts their annual, family-friendly fun run to raise funds for all living with and affected by cancer.
If you’re not in the greatest shape, that’s okay too, show up in your craziest outfit and come and enjoy the live performances, food trucks and plenty of prize giveaways.
Lace up for Cancer Fun Run takes place on the 4th of February 2017, take a look at their site for more details www.hpca.co.za/about/lace-up
Cape Town Cycle Tour
The largest, timed cycling event in the world takes place annually in Cape Town. Sunday, 12 March will mark the 40th year of Cape Town Cycle Tour and will see 35 000 cyclists lining up to ride the 109km, picturesque route with one of the world’s seven natural wonders as the backdrop. Seriously, what more inspiration do you need?
For a fee, you can sign up to ride for one or more of the charities listed on their website. The Cape Town Cycle Tour was the first cycle event to include a comprehensive Environmental Management Plan which subsequently led to the International Cycling Union requiring a similar plan for all events under its organization. This definitely an event worth supporting, and no you don’t have to be Eddy Merckxo to participate, if you can ride a bike, you’re good!
Hope@PaulCluver Summer Festival
This community-based performance series boasts its fourth successful year of bringing communities together to share high-quality and thought-provoking, musical and theatrical performances. The Thembalitsha Foundation and Paul Cluver Wines invites you to a night of comedy and classic films under the stars at the magnificent Paul Cluver, outdoor amphitheater. Support a worthy cause while being entertained by some of Cape Town’s top talent.
The Thembalitsha Foundation works to serve those in needy communities by equipping them to be self-reliant through the provision of health care, education and training initiatives.
This event started in November 2016 and will run through February 2017, take a look at www.cluver.com for more details.
There you go! You have no excuse not to be a change-maker especially if you can have fun while doing it. Look out for our upcoming April- June list of must-attend-at-least-once, change-making events in Cape Town.