What is the Social Innovation Festival?
The Social Innovation Festival is a unique showcase of innovative solutions to some of the social challenges faced in South African communities, and a celebration of community spirit and creativity. Some key streets of Langa will be closed off to motorised traffic, and the route will be a living exhibition of innovative ideas, creative activities and community spirit, for all the people of Cape Town to experience.
The Festival is a collaboration between the Langa community, Open Streets, and the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy, with the kind support of the SAB Foundation.
What is Open Streets?
Open Streets is a worldwide movement of citizens who are reclaiming their streets as public space. During an Open Streets Day, a street or section of a street is closed off to motorised transport to create a temporary network of non-motorised areas and routes throughout the city. Rather than being an event, Open Streets is simply a day to reimagine public life and use our streets differently.Open Streets Cape Town is a non-profit organisation working to create shared spaces that embody respect for everyone and help bridge the spatial and social divides of our city.
What is Red Bull Amaphiko?
Red Bull Amaphiko is a programme to support social entrepreneurs who are using their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to make a difference in their communities. It also aims to inspire a broader audience of young people to do the same. The next Red Bull Amaphiko Academy takes place at the new Guga S'Thebe theatre in Langa from 30 October to 8 November 2015, where a group of social innovators from all over South Africa will collaborate with leading international and local experts to take their skills and projects to the next level.
Why should I support it?
By taking part in this Social Innovation Festival, you will help to promote stronger communities, healthier citizens, sustainable transport, an improved quality of life, economic opportunity and healthy recreation. Open Streets Days are fun and a great way of enjoying the city, meeting interesting people and exploring new experiences. The Social Innovation Festival brings together those ingredients with an extra dose of inspiring ideas from young South African entrepreneurs.
How can I participate?
- Organise an activity. You could host anything from a yoga class to a street soccer match; give live drawing demonstrations or hold a poetry reading. All you need to do is to register your activity with the Open Streets team to ensure that space along the street is allocated.
- Spread the word. Open Streets depends on the community to get the word out and to make it a vibrant and fun day.
- Come along on the day. Bring yourself, your bike, your kids, their skateboards, the dog (on a leash) and all your friends to enjoy the activities, vibe and sense of community.
What will happen on the day?
There will be a series of Social Innovation projects from the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy showcased along the route. In addition, like at any other Open Streets Day, there will be a range of organised and spontaneous activities happening on the street. Open Streets Days ultimately seek to provide an opportunity for residents to gather, interact and discover their neighbourhoods from the vantage point of car-free streets, and to welcome visitors from other neighbourhoods.
How much does it cost?
Who is paying for it all?
The Social Innovation Festival is being funded by Red Bull Amaphiko and the SAB Foundation.
Is Open Streets family friendly? Can my children come?
Yes, there will be activities for all ages.
How will I get there?
We encourage you to use public transport or your own steam to get to an Open Streets Day. It is very easy to get to Langa by minibus taxi or train from Cape Town Central Station. Alternatively, you can cycle your way there with Bicycle Cape Town. Out of respect for local residents, if you must drive, please use the allocated public parking space, which will be signposted from the Bhunga Avenue turnoff from the N2.
What do I bring?
Comfortable shoes, sunscreen, water and all your friends.
What if it rains?
Come rain or shine; the Social Innovation Festival will carry on. Bring an umbrella if you don't want to get wet.
Who do I contact about the Social Innovation Festival and Open Streets?