WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 20/21 July


WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   The Open Design Festival Cape Town is running in the City Hall from 21 – 31 August to the theme of ‘Designing for Sharing’, encouraging the design community of Cape Town to share their designs with each other, and to create awareness and the appreciation of all design by all.  The Festival is a collaboration by the Cape Craft and Design Institute, the Cape Town Design Network, the Western Cape Furniture Initiative, and the City of Cape Town.  “Open Design Cape Town is a grass roots movement concerned with the ways in which design can engage directly with the man on the street” explains Y Tsai, creative director for OPEN DESIGN Cape Town and founder of Tsai Design Studio. “It is also a call to action for the design community to share their creative skills to help solve some of our most pressing social issues.”   It serves as an inaugural event for Cape Town being World Design Capital 2014.  Sune Stassen, City Hall and education programme manager for OPEN DESIGN Cape Town and founder of Rock City Foundation says, “To be truly open about design means to include, share, educate and empower all who want to participate. Because we are working towards building a more sustainable future, the ability to successfully collaborate and share knowledge becomes some of the key building blocks towards realising this future.”   Design sharing can include open studio cocktail parties, film nights, design initiative forums, free lectures at academic institutions, creative agency talks, and individual designer workshops. One can add one’s events for OPEN DESIGN Cape Town on www.opendesignct.com. (via media release received from Maciek Dubla)

*   Negotiations between the European Union and South Africa are to be resumed later this year.  For our country reduced import tariffs on wines and sugar are on the agenda.

*   The V&A Waterfront has opened plans to a public participation process to develop about 34000 square meters on the Granger Bay side of the retail complex, including a hotel, luxury accommodation, retail outlets, as well as a walkway to connect to the Sea Point Promenade.  Some of the sea in the area may be reclaimed, reports the Weekend Argus.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio:  www.whalecottage.com  Twitter: WhaleCottage

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