Next Cape Town speaker
Every month we have a global theme - January was Ugly
What better way to ring in the New Year with the ‘most famous white woman in South Africa’, Pieter-Dirk Uys aka Evita Bezuidenhout.
He was born in Cape Town in 1945 and has been in the theatre since the mid 1960s. Closely associated with both the Space Theatre in Cape Town and Johannesburg’s Market Theatre during the 1970s and 1980s, he has written and performed 20 plays and over 30 revues and one-man shows throughout South Africa and abroad. Impressive!
Managing his own cabaret venue, formerly an old railway station, called EVITA SE PERRON, Pieter-Dirk still found the time to share his thoughts on this months theme: UGLY
Uys now lives in Darling, where he hosts cabaret shows at his creative hub (Evita Se Perron), famously known for its satirical garden, Boerassic Park, and the domain of Evita Bezuidenhout. The unique museum/nauseum of apartheid artefacts there, reflecting the madness of the past, is arguably the only satirical exhibition of South Africa’s recent past.
An Interview with Life-long Learner & Dec Speaker, Daine Mawer
No doubt, we are all preparing to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. CMCT takes some time, this December 12, to reflect on what we have learned and what we yearn to learn as 2014 winds to a close. Our theme is “Education,” and we will be honored to hear from teacher and life-long learner, Daine Mawer. Below is a sneak peak of what we will hear from Daine.
CMCT: This month’s theme is education. As a life-long, self-taught learner, what advice to you have for creative adults who feel stuck in trying to educate themselves further?
DM: What a great question! The most valuable piece of advice I can provide is: Be as consistent as possible. Even if you’re doing 20 minutes of self-study each day, it will build up over a long period of time. Commitment is the hardest thing to learn, no matter what the subject of study.
CMCT: What has been one of your favorite moments as an educator? Why? DM: There’s nothing more rewarding than moulding future talent. To see young people grow in confidence, and go from zero to hero due to the knowledge that you’re imparting, is always a special thing to see.
CMCT: How do you keep your creative juices flowing?
DM: Gosh, I’m quite a work-a-holic, so I don’t tend to take too many holidays or breaks. I find a good getaway to the sea for some surfing works miracles. If I can’t do that, then running a good few kilometers clears my brain of all the stress and clutter and lets me focus on the task at hand.
CMCT: What are a few of your favorite things to do around Cape Town, just for fun?
DM: I’m a bit of a coffee-snob so I really enjoy finding new places around Cape Town that feel creative, with good coffee and a great place to sit with my notepad . Other than that, a good craft-beer at Yours Truly is always fun, and a run up Lions Head, of course.
CMCT: Can you give us a sneak peek of what you’ll be talking about at Creative Mornings Cape Town on December 12?
DM: Friday’s talk will stretch a bit broader than just education in the creative industry - I’ll speak about some of my experiences and how I’ve found just the idea and attitude of “learning” to be one of the most powerful skill sets any creative or individual could have.
Come join us this Friday, December 12, at 8 a.m. at Friends of Design - Academy of Digital Arts, for coffee, breakfast and inspiring conversations.
Introducing our November speaker - Danilo Acquisto.
Creative Mornings Cape Town sat down with Danilo to find out a little more about what inspires him. To learn even more about Danilo and the work he is doing, join us at the Friends of Design - Academy of Digital Arts for Creative Mornings Cape Town: Chance , November 21, 2014 at 8.30 a.m.
Creative Mornings Cape Town: This month’s theme is “Chance.” What does chance mean to you?
Danilo: Gosh! Chance means far too many things to me in far too many circumstances… When I approach a girl and she says “Fat Chance!”, when my mother says “leave it up to chance”, or when a friend says “…Any chance you can pick me up?” But,ultimately, chance led me to where I am today. I call it God, you might call it chance, but a completely random set of circumstances and minute decisions led me to where I am and there is no chance I could have planned this route…. Or was there?!
CMCT: If you had to choose between tv and radio, and could only do one for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?
Danilo: That’s like a parent having to choose a favourite child!! I think if it were a life and death circumstance, I would have to choose TV, because in the digital age, we are finding it increasingly more difficult to capture people’s attention and get them to truly understand our meaning. With television I am able to use my body, my voice, pauses and tones to keep you engaged with what I am saying. It leaves far more room for personal impact than radio. I do, however, make this decision assuming I still have a face for TV in 70 years!!
CMCT: What do you do purely for fun?
Danilo: To be honest, being on TV and radio is “pure fun” - I get paid to entertain! Other than the things that I do for fun that pay me, I love spending time outdoors or adventuring. Exploring new restaurants, new activities, (when I can afford to) traveling overseas…. All-in-all, broadening my horizons and opening my mind to what is out there. [I love to] experience someone else’s dream, someone else’s reality. As much as I hate beer, having a sit down with mates over a beer is indescribably good.
CMCT: How do you keep your creative juices flowing?
Danilo: To be honest, I don’t know how I do it (or even IF I do it at all). I’m too ADD to apply my mind to one task over a long period. I have to change things up as soon as possible to avoid boredom. I also allow myself to be inspired by other people, as opposed to letting their success intimidate me. The creativity comes in the challenges and not in doing what you know how to do. So, I guess I keep my creative juices flowing by challenging myself and learning as much as I can.
CMCT: What is your favorite thing about Cape Town?
Danilo: Well besides the simple fact that I can breathe the air (unlike JHB where I grew up), Cape Town has this fantastic energy for exploration and innovation. People here are not afraid to be aggressively themselves and to blaze trails that never existed before. I always describe it as this “hum” - it’s this machine that moves ever so slowly, but, boy, does it move! I also love, as a creative, the fact that I can get in my car and on my way home from work witness the most spectacular selfie moments (and views!). For creatives, being able to step outside and view nature is something awesome. I am never bored of driving along towards Camps Bay during sunset over the ocean - it’s life giving!
Freedom of Art
The month of May brought us the theme “Freedom”. We invited an art dealer & gallery owner by the name Charl Bezuidenhout to share his take on the freedom of the arts.
With spaces in the bustling hub of Cape Town, South Africa & Munich, Germany WORLDART, after 14 years in the visual art business, he has managed to showcase some, daringly outspoken artists.
Charl spent five years traveling and working in Europe and the USA. Back in South Africa he became active in the music industry and the visual arts where he pursued his interests in the arts and marketing. He has since established himself as a respected and dedicated participant in the arts environment.
He has brought unknown artists like Khaya Witbooi from anonymity to well sought after within 18 months. Khaya who’s paintings often have evoked feelings of danger & over coming it. Ayanda Mabulu, who’s painting has been forcibly removed from namely The Johannesburg Art Fair 2013, Dion Cupido, who’s painting was bought off the wall by Beyonce, are but a few of his star listing on his walls.
Charl Bezuidenhout speaks about Freedom, as a facilitator of the arts. His own journey & where it’s taken him, as he houses some prolific & contemporary art in a country very new in it’s own freedom.
Check out the event photos here.
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We’ve highlighted some awesome members of our community who have taken full advantage of the new features.
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So, April’s theme was a little less conventional than usual. The theme came unexpectedly but surprisingly got our audience to roar with excitement.
The theme was ‘Sex’.
Chances are you will only meet a handful of speakers in your life that will have the ability to truly shock your senses, whilst also inspiring you to do everything in your life at full throttle. Richard Mulholland qualifies as one of theses individuals, who employ a rapid-fire energy that is intelligent, poignant and oozes uncompromising honesty.
With his amazing qualities, Rich took us through the most energised talk about sex, ever, and left the audience hyped up and wanting more.
Among other things, Richard also runs a very successful company called Missing Link Presentations. If you are ever in need of unconventional presentations, then Richard is your guy. Check out their website here
We explored Cape Town street art in the month of March and hosted Faith47, world renowned graffiti artist as well as Lyall Sprong aka Thingking.
Faith47 and Lyall Sprong have teamed up with the Design Indaba Trust to create an urban design initiative called #ANOTHERLIGHTUP. Together with Design Indaba Trust, they harness the visual power of design and crowd-funding to engage with the community and raise vital funds for a street light system, bringing light to one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in Cape Town, Monwabisi in Khayalitsha.
Standing several stories high, their project is an experimental look at how to connect parts of the city that are otherwise far removed. The transformation of an ordinary building into something beautiful and uplifting, demonstrates what is possible when creativity and passion synergize flawlessly.
Their project breaches the gap between the world of design and the real world issues we face in South Africa.
check out the photo album of this event here
In February we welcomed Drew Madasci to share with our creative crowd his story.
Drew is a co-owner of House of Machines, a custom bike shop slash coffee bar slash apparel store. Embracing his inner rebel, Drew and his team members decided to create a hub of everything they’ve loved.
The House of Machines is a personal reflection of Drew and his team and does not conform to the norms of traditional custom bike shops.
HOP ABOARD THE CHILDHOOD EXPRESS!
In January, the global theme was Childhood brought to you by Squarespace.
Jamie Mclaren came to play at Creative Mornings Cape Town to awaken the carefree child in each one of us and helped the audience find their sense of play we often lose along the way.
Jamie, aka Jabulani is the founder and director at Clowns Without Borders and is always looking for laughter in life’s simplicity. He strives to live each day fully with compassion and amazement.
Among many other projects, Jamie is mostly involved in clowning around in the rural areas of Mpumalanga & Cape Town, specifically Khayalitsha working with children as well as with parents to try and reduce the risk of child maltreatment.
He shared core elements of Childhood with playful energy so contagious it connected the audience with their sense of childhood.
Some core elements of Childhood:
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