The Cape Cultural Collective: In brief
The Cape Cultural Collective started rather informally in the second half of 2007 when a few musicians and poets, with vague notions of developing a progressive cultural space, met on the occasional Monday evening for some impromptu performances at a noisy Irish pub in the City.
In 2008, the group migrated to the District Six Museum and this is where CCC began to take shape, hosting a series of exciting monthly cultural programmes with music, poetry, dance and drama. Early successes included a growing relationship with the museum, the birth of the CCC resident band JAHM and the bringing together of a group who came to be known as the ‘CCC poets’.
The process was driven by a core team who shared common ideals. The CCC developed a focus as a non-racial, non-sexist, inter-generational cultural movement promoting social activism and change and reflecting on history and memory.
The CCC has over the years developed organic relationships with cultural groups across the Cape Flats and its projects and programmes reflect an inclusivity and diversity that is not often found in our City.
Its programmes and projects over the years have included the following;
- Monthly cultural programmes
- The publishing of a poetry anthology
- Assisting with a documentary screened on SABC
- The establishment of the Rosa Choir and Junior Rosa Choir
- Facilitation of four major concerts to celebrate 50th anniversary of UWC in 2010
- A poetry production, Uhadi, that was performed at the Paris Autumn Festival in 2013
- Involvement in cultural tourism initiatives
The CCC is run by a Steering Committee and its energy and creativity is derived from individuals and groups involved in arts and culture. The CCC works closely with cultural formations from across the City, especially in areas on the Cape Flats.