A festival to harness and showcase Muizenberg’s commitment to creative, collaborative, community-led transformation.
The Muizenberg Festival is, well… a festival. But the ambitions of the community and project extend well beyond the event itself. It will showcase Muizenberg’s commitment to creative, collaborative, community-led transformation, and celebrate the people, businesses, organizations and projects that are working together to develop their combined potential and varied perspectives.
And here is where it gets really interesting. Festival participants are invited to be involved in documenting and developing a model called the Festival Approach. They intend to attract researchers from around the globe by developing a Festival Sharing Model for activating other communities. The project relies on co-creation and collaboration, using a festival design to activate a broader process of community self-design.
The local economy will be stimulated by showcasing and creating networks among creative designers – but again, not in the ordinary way. The organisers are inspired by the Happiness GDP concept which speaks of how “sustainable development should take a holistic approach towards notions of progress and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of wellbeing” and focuses on “four pillars: good governance, sustainable socio-economic development, cultural preservation, and environmental conservation”. The festival aims to encourage all alternative energy, water, food and currency designs with a view to sustainable development.
The annual festival, with the first one in October 2014, is an opportunity to maximise the resources, connections, talents, skills and collective power of the community. The planning process draws attention to what is already happening, and focuses on recreation and creativity in all its forms, eco-aware initiatives and community projects. By bringing these efforts to the greater community’s attention, they can grow. Through a series of meetings, workshops and fundraising events, the preparation is an opportunity for the community to connect, collaborate, develop and deepen ideas and project plans.
The festival amplifies the process of community self-design by creating a deadline to get initiatives set up and assists with working on a sustainable post-festival plan. Projects are encouraged that address urban energy alternatives, harvesting mountain water, recycling systems, upcycling centre, local economy system, Open Streets (WDC project #207), the Muizenberg Food Farm, youth creative development programmes, community craft centre, and activating the use of the park, vlei and mountain as resources. Global and local partnerships are key to ensuring lasting impact, and these are being developed.
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