FAQs

What is Creative Week Cape Town?

Crowdsourced by Capetonians and coordinated by Creative Cape Town, Creative Week is an opportunity to experience the city’s energy and diversity while the Loeries, an annual showcase of the region’s best in brand communication, are in town. From 14 to 22 September this year, you’re invited to turn the city inside out with all kinds of happenings, from street art to outdoor exhibitions, demonstrations to lectures, parties to public space activations – all independently organised by Creative Week participants.

When is Creative Week Cape Town?

Creative Week Cape Town coincides with when the Loerie Awards – an annual showcase of our region’s best in brand communication – are in town. This year, that’s from 14 to 22 September 2013.  

Where is Creative Week Cape Town?

Creative Week Cape Town is a metropole-wide initiative and invites everyone with a bright idea to participate however they choose, whether that's hosting an activity, putting on an event, or staging a performance.

Who can participate?

Anyone and everyone; whether you are an individual or part of an organisation. Creative Week Cape Town celebrates all forms of creativity, innovation and culture.

What’s the connection to the Loeries?

Not only are the Loeries one of the founding partners of Creative Week, but their activities and  awards ceremony bring a host of  industry professionals to Cape Town every September – an ideal opportunity to show off the creative energy and diversity this city has to offer. Find out more about the Loeries here.

Why participate in Creative Week?

Creative Week and the Loeries bring with them an increased focus on the creative industry: If you are already planning an event this September, hold it during Creative Week to take part in this celebration and increase your exposure. By listing your event on the calendar, you get access to a wider audience and additional promotion. If you aren’t already doing something, why not conceptualise and organise an event or intervention specifically for Creative Week? This is an opportune time to host an exhibition, do a public performance, throw a party, have a show, do a pop up-market or temporary installation of public art. Helpful guides for you to download:

What is "turn your city inside out” about?

This year, the theme for Creative Week Cape Town 2013 is turn your city inside out. Take your creative expression outdoors. Make it accessible to the public and visible on the streets of Cape Town. The city is your canvas: use public spaces, streets and shop windows as your canvas and exhibition space. Find your creativity.

Tell me more about the categories.

To make it easier for people attending Creative Week events to find what they’re looking for, we’ve introduced seven categories. In the online submission process, you will be asked to choose the category most appropriate for your event. You can download a Creative Week category icon to display at your event here. ● Loeries events which are part of the annual showcase of the region's best in brand communication ● Learn is for activities that expand minds – public lectures, demonstrations, presentations and launches ● See is for all visual arts-related events – film screenings, street art interventions and pop-up exhibitions ● Hear is for music, theatre and performance events ● Do is for events that require active participation – such as workshops or shopping ● Move is for activities that get people moving – whether walking, cycling or doing yoga ● Play is for oddball, playful events that defy conventional categorisation

I want to hold an event during Creative Week. Where do I start?

Just follow these three easy steps.

    1. Plan: Always dreamed of turning the city into a giant playground? Want to share your knowledge while also showcasing your work? Feel the need to create some public art? Here’s your chance! Your event can take any form, as long as it is a bona fide user-generated event (no pre-existing venues or products allowed). Our advice to you? Think big, be playful, get others involved and most of all, think about what would most ignite your community. Please note that we will moderate all content at our discretion. Send your enquiries to creative@capetownpartnership.co.za.
    2. Submit: Fill in all the necessary details of your event, along with an image, on our easy-to-use form here. Then get ready to see your event appear on the Creative Week calendar. Please note that events can take up to 24 hours to appear on the calendar so please don’t leave uploading your event to the last moment. If you have any questions, please email creative@capetownpartnership.co.za.
    3. Share: Creative Cape Town’s large social media network and a PR and marketing campaign are used to support and promote Creative Week, but you can further amplify your event by mobilising your own networks and activating your social networking communities. Share your event with us on Facebook, join the conversation on Twitter using #CWCT2013 and look out for more information on this website.

Do you offer any financial assistance?

Creative Week Cape Town unfortunately cannot offer any financial or event planning services. All Creative Week events are crowdsourced and hosted by public participants.

Who can hold events?

You can. Creative Week Cape Town celebrates all forms of creativity. Whether you write, make films or music, design buildings, or bake cupcakes, we’d love you to take part in Creative Week.

Can I charge entrance?

Certainly! If you plan to charge an entrance fee or issue tickets for your event, make sure to include that information in your event submission form. There's a space for it. However, if you have any questions, email creative@capetownpartnership.co.za. The Creative Week Cape Town website does not sell or issue tickets.

I have submitted my event; now what? Can I help spread the word? I’m not sure how.

You've submitted your event to the crowdsourced calendar; not it's time to mobilise your network! Share the news online or offline, with friends, family, clients and colleagues. Be sure to connect with Creative Cape Town on Facebook and Twitter. When you tweet about your event, use @CreativeCT and the hashtag #CWCT2013. Word of mouth and independent promotion are necessary compliments to a formal marketing campaign like ours, so share information about your Creative Week participation whenever and wherever you can, and encourage others to do so too!

How is Creative Week Cape Town promoting its participants?

The digital calendar on this website will be shared and promoted through Creative Week and Creative Cape Town’s various channels. A number of key events will be chosen for inclusion in the September edition of Creative Cape Town e-newsletter. Creative Week Cape Town is also supported by a comprehensive PR campaign.

Will Creative Week Cape Town events be covered by the media?

Creative Week Cape Town will not invite media to individual crowdsourced events. However, that doesn't mean you can't! Drop a line to your favourite blogger, photographer or any other media contacts you happen to have on your radar. Invite them to attend launches, or to cover specific angles of your event. Use word of mouth, Facebook posts and other media platforms in combination to get news of your event out there. Be sure to invite your own media contacts to attend launches, or to cover specific angles of your event.

I want to attend events. How do I find out more?

Bookmark this site and check back regularly – the events calendar is constantly being updated. Watch the Creative Cape Town Facebook page and Creative Cape Town's Twitter feed. Follow the week's activities using #CWCT2013. Download a print-friendly programme of daily events: Saturday 14 SeptemberSunday 15 SeptemberMonday 16 SeptemberTuesday 17 SeptemberWednesday 18 SeptemberThursday 19 SeptemberFriday 20 SeptemberSaturday 21 SeptemberSunday 22 September.  

Are there free events?

Yes. Note, however, that events are run by a range of independent entities. Check individual events carefully for important information regarding booking requirements and cover charges, if any.

How do I find specific types of events?

To make it easy for you find specific events that you are interested in, we have introduced seven categories:

  1. Loeries is for events which are part of the annual showcase of the region's best in brand communication
  2. See is for all visual arts-related events – film screenings, street art interventions and pop-up exhibitions
  3. Hear is for music, theatre and performance events
  4. Do is for events that require active participation – such as workshops or shopping
  5. Move is for activities that get people moving – whether walking, cycling or doing yoga
  6. Play is for oddball, playful events that defy conventional categorisation
  7. Learn is for activities that expand minds – public lectures, demonstrations, presentations and launches

How do I share my experiences?

Share your tweet and photos with @CreativeCT, using the hashtag #CWCT2013.

How can I receive more information?

Join our mailing list on Creative Cape Town for updates and invitations. Mail creative@capetownpartnership.co.za with queries not answered through these channels.

I'm struggling to post my event to the Creative Week website. Am I doing it right?

If you’re having problems uploading your event and need assistance, please send us an email at creative@capetownpartnership.co.za.

Will you distribute my personal information to third parties?

No. We will not share your personal information.

I want to sponsor Creative Week Cape Town. How do I get involved?

If you are interested in being a sponsor of Creative Week Cape Town, contact creative@capetownpartnership.co.za.