May 24, 2013
Open Streets in Observatory
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
This Africa Day, Cape Town’s vibrant locals and visitors will be taking to the streets ... the Open Streets in Observatory, that is, on Saturday May 25, 2013.
Inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia and projects in other cities like San Francisco and Jakarta, Open Streets in Observatory will see the usually traffic-congested Lower Main Road collectively transformed from a car-dominated road to a people-friendly public space.
The initiative, supported by Cape Town Partnership and the City of Cape Town, is the first in a series of events that will see Open Streets happening on a regular basis along roads all the way to the city centre and outlying suburbs in the lead-up to World Design Capital 2014.
Just imagine it ... a free, all-day event with a host of fascinating activities happening on one of the Mother City’s busiest streets with no cars and pesky taxis to disrupt your experience. Sounds heavenly, doesn't it?
So, what’s on the entertainment bill for the day, I hear you ask? Well, how about:
- Channelling your inner skater boy (or girl) at the skateboard mini-park
- Practising your downward dog at the yoga lessons on Sussex Street
- Indulging your love of street art at the chalk-drawing exhibition
- Pitting your legendary mind skills against worthy opponents at the giant chess and scrabble tournaments
- Being a champion cyclist: keep your sense of freedom on the streets alive by participating in this month’s Moonlight Mass cycling event, which is the finale of the Open Streets event
Download the full programme of events here.
Still not convinced you should attend Open Streets in Observatory? Check out the video below for some inspiration: