A couple of weeks ago we were in Langa to host a second Open Streets Day, building on the success from Open Streets on 29th March 2015. This was the result of a partnership with Red Bull Ampahiko and a Local Organising Committee. Together we put on a Social Innovation Festival that enabled social entrepeneurs who participated in the Amaphiko Academy to showcase their work to the Langa community and visitors from across Cape Town and beyond.
In addition to social innovation projects, the streets were filled by all sorts of activities ranging from skateboarding to street pianos and including people of all ages and social backgrounds. As in all other Open Streets Days, the platform created enabled people to interact freely and spontaneously. A recipe we believe can help us open up Cape Town.
As one of our team members, Mzikhona Mgedle expressed, once cars are out of the street, they become a platform for individuals to shine... In his own words:
Open Streets is a good platform for artists to showcase their talent on the streets where they will be seen by many well known people that can help them to develop their talent, giving them skills on how they can develop and make it to the top industry.
The first time I went to Open Streets it was in my township Langa. That day I performed to be seen by the most respectful township crowd. On that day I communicated with so many people. I even found myself a contact and connection to go record at the SAE Institute and they booked me and my crew to have a radio interview at Bush Radio.
I am keen keen and wish there was Open Streets every day. It is the most popular, unique and amazing event, everyone loves it.
We are now getting ready for Open Streets Bree. Mark your calendar for 17 January 2016 and join us as we start to plan!
Above image: Ference Isaacs Photography
Watch a short video clip from the day: