Whether you're staying for three weeks or three months, Cape Town is a great place to get involved in grassroots initiatives and events. Sustainability is the biggest hurdle for many of these groups, but all are (so far) building momentum and keeping their following connected and involved. It's this kind of momentum that will ultimately make a broad, positive difference in the city.
Open Streets is based on the Colombian 'ciclovia', a once-a-week car-free day in Bogotá, in which the streets are closed to traffic and bicycles roam freely. It's also very similar to the American 'block party' concept, when a city or town shuts down an area to traffic, and people come together to enjoy the space with the freedom and safety to move about. Cape Town can be very divided among neighborhoods for a variety of socioeconomic reasons, and Open Streets is one way of breaking down those barriers, as well as, discussing how to benefit from utilizing existing outdoor spaces more frequently. You can follow
on Facebook for their latest updates.
A select group of art galleries, shops, and restaurants in downtown Cape Town (in-between Adderly and Bree Street) are staying open later (9pm) so that you can browse and gather with your friends to discuss all things hip. From live music to short movie screenings, this is what the cool kids are doing on the first Thursday of every month. For the latest updates, you can like the
or check the
to see which galleries are participating next month.
#Moonlightmass is simply a bicycle ride at night under a full moon. #Moonlightmass aims to raise awareness of Cape Town's growing bicycle culture and the need for drivers to share the road safely with cyclists. I wouldn't be surprised if we see more bicycle lanes appear downtown and into the suburbs in the next few years to enable commuters and leisurely riders a safer route. The next #moonlightmass is July 22nd, and you can follow
on Twitter or
for their latest updates.
Muizenberg has got a fantastic sense of community, so I'm not surprised to see this is the location where a new 'creative experience hub' has opened. This cafe has an open floor plan and ample room for live music, art classes, etc. and encourages vistors to open their minds, be inspired, and get involved. You can find the latest events scheduled at the cafe posted on the
or follow them on Twitter
So there you have it - four ways to get social this winter in Cape Town. To the casual visitor, it offers a closer glimpse into life as a local, and for the residents, it's all about discovering the greatness that surrounds you. Enjoy!