The Curious Curator…. Vol #16


World Bicycle Relief assists school kids in the Eastern Cape


Pupils living in the rural Eastern Cape have received bicycles to help them travel to school and back, through an initiative between Volkswagen and its partners Qhubeka, World Vision South Africa and World Vision Switzerland.

It is estimated that of the 17 million children in school in South Africa, 11 million of them walk to school each day. Nearly 500 000 of these learners have to walk for more than an hour, or up to 12km each day, just to get to school.

Volkswagen handed over the 600 bicycles to the learners of 11 rural schools in the Nkonkobe district in Eastern Cape as part of the Bicycle Education Empowerment Programme (BEEP). They also handed out 500 bicycles to nine rural schools in Umzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal in April resulting in the learners journey time to and from school being cut by 75%.

Each benefiting learner receives a bicycle with a helmet, spanner, combination lock and pump. The learner and parents or guardian are required to sign a contract which stipulates the terms and conditions of using the bicycle. The bicycle becomes the personal property of the learner after two years.



Threads Project launches concept store in Woodstock


A space for local artisans to create, learn and promote the things they love doing. The Threads Project concept store launched last Saturday in Woodstock and promises to expose you to everything from handcrafted fine leather goods to eco-conscious food to crochet designs and much more. Expect good music, good food and a showcase for an entirely new creative collaboration.

Threads Project is a platform that curates and facilitates the sale of quality goods to a market by harnessing the collective effort of the sum of each creative entrepreneurs established brands. The name, Threads Project, encapsulates the essence of the business as each vendor is a metaphorical thread within the collective whole.


VoiceMap – Travel like a local


People say that travelling with a local is always best – they know the happening restaurants, the hole-in-the-wall coffee stops, where to find a good deal and where and what is trendy. But imagine having a local in your pocket, in any city in the world at any time you want them? Well that is what VoiceMap is.

VoiceMap gives anyone the opportunity to share their neighbourhood with the world and travellers the opportunity to enjoy cities through the eyes of a local. You can enjoy a personal tour of Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap with a local tour guide, discover Joburg’s street art scene with a resident graffiti artist. VoiceMap is the brain child of Capetonians Lauren Edwards and Iain Manley.


Worldart Gallery: Street Level Group Exhibition


See local street art take up space and provoke reactions from the public in this month-long exhibit

Street art gets a focus when the University of Cape Town’s senior lecturer in fine arts Andrew Lamprecht showcases the work of a collection of solo artists at premier gallery Worldart, located at 54 Church Street in the CBD. The show, which is titled Street Level, runs from Thursday, 4 June to Friday, 26 June 2015.

Lamprecht has chosen a selection of contemporary artists whose work explores the concept of street art. Look out for artworks by Svea Josephy, Kilmany-Jo Liversage, Khaya Witbooi, Katlego Tlabela and others as they grapple with the abstract idea of the impact of the streets on contemporary art and delve into how the urban space can be both restrictive and creatively liberating.

The opening of the exhibition coincides with the popular First Thursdays event, a free art walk that sees a selection of CBD galleries staying open until 9pm.


AKON Lighting Africa


Senegalese-American musician, Akon, whose “Akon Lighting Africa” initiative is aimed at bringing electricity to some 600 million Africans has declared the launch of a new “Solar Academy”.

The academy will see investment in solar power for the future that could help to implant a viable platform to power homes that lacked electricity. The institution is scheduled to open this summer and it will aim to give African engineers and entrepreneurs the skills needed to develop solar power.

European experts will help to supply training equipment and programmes.

“We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities, we now need to consolidate African expertise,” said Samba Baithily, who founded Akon Lighting Africa with Akon and Thione Niang.

“The academy will aim to teach people how to install and maintain solar-powered electricity systems as well as micro-grids,” which are really taking off in rural Africa,”Akon Lighting Africa said.



Wacky Wine Weekend – 4-6 June, Robertson

Encounters SA International Documentary Festival – 4-14 June, Cape Town

Hermanus Fynarts Festival – 5-16 June, Hermanus

2015 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show – 12 June, CTICC

Rooftop Salsa – 7 June, Arts on Main, Maboneng

Soweto Art and Craft Fair – 6 June, Soweto Theatre

DSTV Delicious Food and Music Festival – 6 June, Waterfall Polo Estate

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by Vicky Rowe

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