FAQs

    • What is Creative Week Cape Town?
      Creative Week is an annual celebration of creativity, innovation and culture. Crowdsourced by Capetonians and coordinated by Creative Cape Town, a programme of the Cape Town Partnership, Creative Week is an opportunity to experience the city's energy and diversity while the Loeries, the annual showcase of the region's best in brand communication, are in town. From 13 to 21 September 2014, start where you are, use what you have and make what you can to celebrate everyday creativity during Creative Week Cape Town. From street art to outdoor exhibitions, demonstrations to lectures, parties to public space activations - all happenings are independently organised by Creative Week participants.
    • When is Creative Week Cape Town?
      Creative Week Cape Town takes place from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 September 2014, and coincides with The Loerie Awards, the annual showcase of Africa and the Middle East's best in brand communication.
    • Where is Creative Week Cape Town?
      Creative Week Cape Town is a metropole-wide initiative and takes place in a variety of locations across the city.
    • Who can participate?
      Anyone and everyone; whether you're an individual or part of an organisation. Creative Week Cape Town celebrates all forms of creativity, innovation and culture. Everyone with a bright idea is invited to participate however they choose, whether that's hosting an activity, putting on an event or staging a performance.
    • Why participate in Creative Week?
      By combining our networks and efforts, Creative Week places an increased focus on Cape Town's creative industries. If you are already planning an event this September, hold it during Creative Week to take part in the celebration AND receive increased exposure. By listing your event on the crowdsourced calendar, you can access a wider audience and additional promotion.

      If you aren't already doing something, why not conceptualise and organise an event or activity specifically for Creative Week? This is an opportune time to host an exhibition, do a public performance, throw a party, have a show, hold a pop-up market or create a temporary installation of public art.

    • What is Start Where You Are all about?
      This year, the theme for Creative Week Cape Town 2014 is all about taking matters into your own hands. Don't wait for someone else, a sign or the right time. Simply: start where you are, use what you have and make what you can to celebrate everyday creativity during Creative Week Cape Town.
    • 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 ceremonies generate a huge influx of industry professionals and media to Cape Town every September - an ideal opportunity to show off the creative energy and diversity this city has to offer, and attract a larger audience to your project. Find out more about the Loeries here.
    • 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 six categories. In the online submission process, you will be asked to choose the category most appropriate for your event.

      • Learn is for events that expand minds - from lectures to launches.
      • See is anything visual - such as film screenings, street art interventions or pop-up exhibitions.
      • Play entails fun happenings that defy conventional categorisation.
      • Do events require active participation - like classes or networking events.
      • Move activities get people on the go - whether walking, cycling or doing yoga.
      • Hear is all things auditory, from opera to spoken word.
    • 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, whether a presentation, installation, demonstration or almost anything else. 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 any 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 minute! If you have any questions, please email creative@capetownpartnership.co.za
      3. Share: Creative Cape Town's extensive social media network, plus a bespoke PR and marketing campaign are used to support and promote Creative Week. You can further amplify your event by mobilising your network and activating your social networking communities. Share your event with us on Facebook, your images on Instagram, or join the conversation on Twitter using #CreativeWeek.
    • Who can hold events?
      You can. Creative Week Cape Town celebrates all forms of creativity, innovation and culture. Whether you write novellas, make music, design buildings, code websites or bake cupcakes, we'd love you to take part in Creative Week.
    • 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.
    • 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 the Creative Week Cape Town site itself does not sell or issue tickets. If you have any questions, email creative@capetownpartnership.co.za
    • I have submitted my event; now what? How can I help spread the word?
      You've submitted your event to the crowdsourced calendar; now 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, Instagram and Twitter. When you tweet about your event, use @CreativeCT and the hashtag #CreativeWeek. Word of mouth and independent promotion are necessary in addition to a formal marketing campaign, 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 calendar on this website will be shared and promoted through Creative Week and Creative Cape Town's various communication channels. 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 does not invite media to individual crowdsourced events. However, that doesn't mean you can't. Drop a line to your favourite journo, 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. Plus, employ social media channels in additional online and offline media platforms to market your Creative Week participation. Don't overlook the power of good ol' fashioned word of mouth.
    • 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 and Instagram feeds. Follow the week's activities using #CreativeWeek.
    • 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 to find specific events that you are interested in, we have introduced six categories:

      • Learn is for activities that expand minds - from lectures to launches.
      • See is anything visual, such as film screenings, street art interventions or pop-up exhibitions.
      • Play entails fun happenings that defy conventional categorisation.
      • Do events require active participation - like workshops or networking opportunities.
      • Move activities get people on the go - whether walking, cycling or doing yoga.
      • Hear is all things auditory, from opera to spoken word.
    • How do I share my experiences?
      Share your thoughts and photos with @CreativeCT on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #CreativeWeek.