The Friday Stand-In 2016

Why culture and creative talent are pivotal in transforming cities

How do you decide about where you want to live?

Friday Stand-In Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana says she considers the lifestyle and creative opportunities that a city has to offer before anything else.

She says creative talent makes cities like Cape Town more appealing, inviting vibrant experiences for both locals and visitors.

Makalima-Ngewana, an urbanist and town planner, describes "place-making" as creating spaces that people want to be and live in.

Artist and creative director Jay Pather says performers and creatives have a role in re-purposing public spaces for the creation of art.

His experience with curating Cape Town's public arts festival 'Infecting the City' has helped bridge the gap between town and township while showcasing the artistic heart of the city.

The annual festival, which has been running for 9 years, has grown and moved to other parts outside the city.

Pather says that the festival has a palpable impact while the performances are on, making theatre and other art forms more accessible to the public.

The impact during the time is quite extensive but it does need to be extended and be interlaced with the issues of separation and poverty that the city faces.

Jay Pather, Director of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts

According to Pather artists are capable of disrupting spacial inequalities with their work and triggering social debates about inclusivity - all year round.

He supports the strategy for creativity in the city through arts and culture programmes.

Artists are part of making that which is underground to come overground, if you like.

Jay Pather, Director of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts

Meanwhile, engineer Kolosa Madikizela says transformation in cities helps create more free spaces.

Listen to the stimulating discussion below:


This article first appeared on 702 : Why culture and creative talent are pivotal in transforming cities


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