Creative Cape Town works with a number of government and sector support bodies, academic institutions, event organisers, museums and important network structures based in Cape Town. While we also work closely with local creative industries, venues and non-profits, many of which are mentioned in our news section, the list below is of our most significant partners:
Accelerate Cape Town is a business-led initiative aimed at bringing together stakeholders in the Cape Town region to develop and implement a long-term vision for sustainable, inclusive economic growth.
The African Arts Institute’s mission is to harness relevant expertise, resources, infrastructure, markets, knowledge and information to help develop and sustain creative practice in Africa, and assist in the protection and promotion of the continent’s cultural heritage and assets. It manages the Arterial Network, a formal network for the creative sector in Africa.
Africa Centre a non-profit organisation that provides a platform for exploring Pan-African artistic practice as a catalyst for social change. Its intention is to “innovate, lead, challenge and transcend geographical reality in the creation and performance of contemporary artistic and intellectual expression”.
African Centre for Cities is an interdisciplinary research and teaching programme focused on quality scholarship regarding the dynamics of unsustainable urbanisation processes in Africa, with an eye on identifying systemic responses. It is based at the University of Cape Town.
Cape Craft & Design Institutehas been helping crafters create viable and sustainable businesses through regular workshops and promoting the work of Cape Town’s crafters locally and internationally for over 10 years.
Cape Film Commission facilitates film production in Cape Town, a creative industry that currently contributes more than any other to the income of the City.
Cape Higher Education Consortium is an academic consortium that works with and supports the four public universities in the Western Cape, all of which are within a 40-minute range of each other. It aims to establish the Western Cape as a strong higher education region through systemic inter-institutional cooperation and academic programme collaboration.
Cape IT Initiative is a section 21 company aimed at the development and promotion of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the Western Cape. It owns Bandwidth Barn, regarded as one of the leading ICT business incubators in the world.
Cape Music Industry Commission seeks to create a more cohesive and profitable music scene in the Western Cape through training, networking and research.
Cape Peninsula University of Technology houses one of the largest design faculties in the country, including one of the only two industrial design programmes. Their faculty of informatics and design includes industrial, fashion, surface and interior design, as well as multimedia and architectural technology.
Cape Town Design Network is a loose, cross-cutting network of design industry professionals in Cape Town.
Cape Town Fashion Council is an industry-elected body representing and supporting the whole clothing and textile value chain. The council runs an annual fashion conference at Design Indaba and guides Cape Town Fashion Week.
Cape Town Festival takes place annually over a week in the Company’s Garden. After 10 years, it still embraces its original premise of “One City, Many Cultures”.
Cape Town International Jazz Festival is one of the city’s most successful creative events, both financially and culturally. The annual event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and the free Green Market Square community concert draws a diverse and appreciative crowd.
Cape Town Tourism is the official visitors’ bureau for the City of Cape Town. It works closely with Wesgro, the official destination marketing, investment and trade promotion agency for the Western Cape.
City of Cape Town’s various municipal departments, including its department of economic and human development and the department of spatial planning and urban design, support Creative Cape Town’s work.
Design Indaba, a prestigious annual design conference, its affiliated expo and quarterly magazine, put Cape Town design on the international map, enticing the greatest design minds from around the country and the world.
District Six Museum commemorates the cultural life of one of the city’s most diverse areas, razed during the implementation of the Group Areas Act during the ’60s and ’70s.
Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts brings together various centres and departments in UCT’s faculty of humanities, and provides spaces for artists to collaborate, most notably at the city’s Hiddingh Campus. Involved entities include the drama department, the South African College of Music, UCT School of Dance, the Centre for Creative Writing, the Michaelis School of Fine Art, the Institute for Film and New Media and the Baxter Theatre Centre.
Iziko Museums of Cape Town is a national museum structure that is based in and manages 13 sites in Cape Town, together with an extensive educational programme. It covers natural history, art and social history.
The Loeries is the advertising industry’s prestigious annual awards ceremony (and three-day party), which came to Cape Town for the first time in 2009, highlighting the city’s position as a leader in commercial creative work.
Performing Arts Network of South Africa is a national network engaged in the promotion of the performing arts. Its Western Cape office is supported by the Provincial Government of the Western Cape as a sector body.
Publishers Association of South Africa PASA is the largest publishing industry body in South Africa, and is committed to creativity, literacy, the free flow of ideas and encouraging a culture of reading. It has a strategic relationship with the Cape Town Book Fair.
The Visual Arts Network of South Africa is a national network engaged in the promotion of the visual arts. Its Western Cape office is supported by the Provincial Government of the Western Cape as a sector body.
Western Cape Furniture Initiative is a non-profit sector body set up to support the development of the furniture industry.