Somewhere along the line, while no-one was looking, Pretoria became the coolest place to be. To celebrate the creative and cultural wealth that the capital city has to offer, Cool Capital is organizing a two-month long biennale in the capital city from 29 August to 16 November 2014.
A biennale usually runs every two years and invites artists to celebrate art, design and architecture. The Cool Capital Biennale however, does not invite only selected artists and designers to exhibit, but rather encourages all the citizens of the capital city to creatively re-imagine their city and to rediscover the treasures it has to offer. This truly makes Cool Capital the first ever uncurated, DIY guerilla biennale. Celebrating art, design, culture and people, creativity has never been this democratic.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Look out for civic art and architecture installations throughout the city, music and film festivals in interesting spaces in the city, and tours to buildings and places that you have never seen before. No biennale would be complete without a party, and the Cool Capital Biennale has three: A giant opening festival on 29 August 2014 hosted by the Open Window School of Visual Communication, an inner- city party hosted by Capital Collective in association with Barefoot Contessa and Hello Ambassador on 18 October, and a birthday picnic for the city celebrating its 159th birthday on 16 November 2014.
Apart from the events organized by Cool Capital, there are also a wealth of smaller citizen-led projects, run by independent communities and groups. These projects are mostly featured on our social media sites- Facebook and Twitter as well as on our website www.coolcapital.co.za. Look out markets, public installations and creative workshops and for monthly philosophy evenings at Café Riche.