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Cape Town’s version of Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ is here!

I think it’s safe to say that Pharrell Williams’ jovial anthem is quite possibly the most globally infectious song of the decade.

Thanks to social media, people in cities all over the world have been creating and uploading videos of themselves dancing joyously to his Despicable Me 2 theme song. Africans are no exception. Cities like Cotonou, Tunis, Yaounde and Libreville have all participated in this trend.

Now, it’s Cape Town’s turn and as a dweller of the Mother City for the past three years, I absolutely love this video. The creators touched down in multiple areas of the city and its outskirts (not just the city bowl, thankfully) and the cast are an incredibly diverse array of individuals - a pretty darn good reflection of the city.

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Cape Town Event: Free House Music Performance by Big Nuz.

WHERE: BENTLEY OYSTER BAR & BISTRO (CLAREMONT)
WHEN:
THURSDAY 27TH FEB, 8PM-10PM
COST:
FREE

Listen to Big Nuz.

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Very excited for this! Mary Sibande's 'The Purple Shall Govern' exhibition is opening tonight at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town at 6pm. The event is also a part of ART WEEK CAPE TOWN which kicked off this past weekend.

Cape Town City Guide by Miss Moss.

This well-researched and thoroughly experienced first-hand guide to South Africa’s coastal ‘Mother City’ by prominent South African blogger Miss Moss offers a very hip, artistic and vibe-y list of places to see, shop, dine and visit in Cape Town - from winelands and cafes, to boutiques and art galleries.

November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa

Really excited for Art Week Cape Town and after looking through their schedule, I’ve picked some of the standout events that I’m planning on attending beginning at the end of this month:

Starting from November 2013, up until March 2014, non-profit organization Concerts in the Park Cape Town will be hosting a series of free concerts at De Waal Park’s Victorian Bandstand featuring the likes of Hot Water, Sadiq Khan, The Rudimentals, Mark Haze, The UCT Big Band, Freshly Ground and more.

Brought to you by Nando’s, Smile 90.4FM and the City of Cape Town, all shows are open to all members of the public and there will be great and exciting prizes to be won at every concert.

Follow CITPCT on Facebook and Twitter for more updates, info, news and exciting competitions.

Today in Cape Town.

Whispers of Wisdom at TEDx Cape Town

A South African spoken word quintet deliver a poignant and highly personal performance about the concerns of being young, black and South African, as part of the post-Apartheid ‘born-free’ generation, asking deeply-rooted questions of liberation - both on a personal and national scale - and the price of freedom in South Africa.

"when literature and sound join forces, a melting pot of art in its finest form is born."

October: Highlighting African Art & African Artists

Using the super cool Cape Town Love free app to rediscover some photos I’ve taken in the Mother City over the past few months.

In just 24 hours, whilst on a visit to Cape Town, US-based designers Megan & Mike Gilger of The Fresh Exchange together with Over founder and designer Aaron Marshall joined forces on a collaborative effort to design a unique app that celebrates one of South Africa’s - and Africa’s - most visited cities - Cape Town.

Recently downloaded the app (it’s free!), called ‘Cape Town Love’, on my iphone and what it does is allow you to add ‘handcrafted, city-inspired and city-specific artwork to your photographs of Cape Town’, and make it look something like the photos above.

A great way to both encourage more folks to take photos in the city, and create a unique collection of images and scenes taken all over Cape Town, whether for personal use or otherwise.

And in case you’re wondering whereabouts to go in Cape Town to get snapping, Miss Moss’ Cape Town City Guide is a great start.

Watch a short video by the creators about the story behind this app.

Discovered this neat piece of info via missmoss & we-are-awesome.

Art54 is calling artists from across the City of Cape Town, the country or the world to submit proposals for artwork to be considered for inclusion in a temporary outdoor exhibition.

The exhibition will run from the end of 2013 till mid 2014 Ward 54. art54 offers artists a unique opportunity to display the public art they make in the dramatic landscape of the Atlantic Seaboard of Cape Town.

Work that promotes new and innovative ways of thinking about art in public spaces, considers their unique landscape, mix of people and character add to the public’s experience of the natural beauty and urban vibe of Ward 54 will be considered favourably. These works will reach a diverse audience of local residents as well as visitors drawn to the Ward’s popular public spaces such as the Sea Point Promenade and the many public steps along the Seaboard.

Temporary artworks in any media suitable for an outdoor exhibition will be considered. Media includes but is not limited to sculpture, mural, land art, photography, digital technologies, performance based pieces, busking or mixed media work. Although the exhibition period is 6 months, the work can be displayed for a shorter duration. The artwork may be ephemeral in nature depending of the context and nature of the work. No artwork however will be considered that endangers public safety.

art54 will assist artists to navigate the challenges of putting artwork into public spaces to ensure that artworks are not dangerous or affect the public’s ability to use public space. Insufficient funding should not prevent an artist to submit a proposal for consideration. Art54 has a limited budget for the implementation of artworks of merit. Proposals that do not have funding will therefore be considered on an equal playing field with those that have funding as far as budget allows. Artworks that make use of found materials, clever concepts and witty performance rather than needing lots of resources to implement will be most welcomed.

“Public art is valued in Ward 54, says Cllr Schafer, it creates the chance to change space and people. It builds relationships between the two. Some of the benefits of the art54 project is that it contributes to urban regeneration by stimulating interaction between artists, designers, city planners, business owners, residents and developers; It supports the creative industries and encourages inter-disciplinary collaboration, creating opportunities for artists, designers and fabricators; And it moves the experience of art out of museums and galleries and into public space. I am very excited to be initiating such a project in the ward.”

This is a pilot project for Ward 54 supported by Councillor Beverley Schafer who sits on the Tourism, Events and Marketing Directorate. If successful the idea of having temporary artwork in public spaces for defined periods of time may be implemented in Ward 54 and in other parts of the city on a more regular basis. The success of art54 will be dependent on the supports and buy-in of all city departments in ensuring that art and creativity can be allowed to happen without the red tape, says Cllr Schafer.

MORE OPPORTUNITIES

Would you like an internship at one South Africa’s two leading creative agencies 140 BBDO in Cape Town and Net#work BBDO in Johannesburg?

Would you like your design to be our new logo and brand?

 

Today we launch a public competition to redesign our logo. Open to all Communication Design students in South Africa, the winner stands to win a three month unpaid internship with a top South African creative advertising agency, 140 BBDO in Cape Town or Net#work BBDO in Johannesburg.

Originating in the UK, Live launched in South Africa in 2011 as a youth-run media platform where all content for our quarterly printed magazine, website and YouTube channel is produced entirely by South Africans aged 18 to 25 under professional mentorship.

Live SA Founder Gavin Weale says Live SA Magazine has been in production for almost two years with seven awesome issues produced. “Our contributors have shown a keen desire to now evolve the brand and take the Live SA identity to the next level, and the only way to ensure our brand speaks to young South Africans is to hand the task over to them.”

“Live SA is not just about young people producing content for our magazine and online platforms. After their three months with us, contributors have moved on to amazing career opportunities with partners like e.tv, eNCA, the British Council, 140 BBDO and Media 24. In only 18 months, more than 50 young people have moved into work from Live SA, and many of these to the creative industries.”

“We’re excited to have both 140 BBDO and Net#work BBDO come on board to offer this opportunity of a lifetime for the competition winner. The internship will not only help the winner get their foot in the door in a competitive industry, but will also expose them to on the job training under the mentorship of experienced advertising professionals.”

“The new Live SA logo will need to become the symbol, mark and signature that best identifies Live SA as a company and youth brand. It will need to be distinctive, practical, graphic and simple in form. The new logo should make young people grab the magazine, visit our website or Facebook page, and tell everyone they know about it,” says Gavin.

If you are interested in entering the competition, please DOWNLOAD Live SA Logo Competition Brief FINAL and register your details below .

ENTRY AND DEADLINE
Please submit your logo by 5pm on Friday 19 August 2013 to awesomelogo@livemag.co.za.

CONTACT
For more information, please email Vuyisa Ndleleni at vuyisa@livity.co.uk.

Photographs taken in the 1990s, from the series “The New South Africa" by Distro Abbas.