Cape Town (South Africa) Open Streets Cape Town has partnered with Red Bull Amaphiko to bring the first ever Social Innovation Festival to Langa on the 8th of November 2015. Using Open Streets as a platform, the festival will showcase the creations of talented South African visionaries mentored through the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy. These inspiring social entrepreneurs have produced inventive solutions to solve social problems within their local communities.
Part of Langa's Washington Street will be closed off to motorised transport, allowing the public to explore a series of exhibits and demonstrations, which exemplify innovative ideas, creative activities and community spirit. These include Thato Kgatlhanye's upcycled solar backpacks and Yonela Khetsheza's Feminque Fitness Club. There will also be traditional Open Streets activities, such as street cricket, children's games and even Phillip Miller performing on a street piano.
We worked with community members to roll out the first Open Streets day in Langa earlier this year and it was a real success, says Co-founder and Director for Open Streets Cape Town Marcela Guerrero Casas. The Social Innovation Festival gives us the chance to build on that success whilst being a platform for projects that highlight the potential the field offers to communities such as Langa.
The day also aims to inpsire individuals with the same passion to look at their surrounding communities and identify a gap that can be bridged. The Social Innovation Festival is a great way to experience the city with family and friends by participating in various activities but to also get informed on social entrepreneurship as a sustainable platform for social impact.
The Festival is a collaboration between the Langa community, Open Streets Cape Town, and Red Bull Amaphiko with the kind support of the SAB Foundation.
For more information, join the Social Innovation Festival event page on Facebook.
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About 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.
For a wealth of still and moving images from 2014's Red Bull Amaphiko Academy, FREE for editorial use, please visit: www.redbullcontentpool.com and search Red Bull Amaphiko South Africa.
About 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.