Cape Town gains exciting new monthly creative event with the launch of Kuier@TheCastle

Kuier@TheCastle

Cosy up to local creativity at Kuier@TheCastle!

The Craft + Design Institute (CDI), in collaboration with the Castle of Good Hope, invites Cape Town locals and visitors to cosy up to creativity by exploring the diversity of local talent and several creative workshops for all ages on 29 June at the Kuier@TheCastle market. 

The Kuier@TheCastle market has been growing as Cape Town’s CBD’s biggest new monthly event, all set within one of South Africa’s tourism landmarks.

This market is ideal for the entire family, combining the discovery of exquisite local artisanal products and creative workshops, with delectable local foods and live music performances. Additionally, all visitors will enjoy access to all the Castle’s museums throughout the day.

The 29 June market features several fun creative workshops, including:

  • Crochet – learn to crochet granny squares and be part of a special Mandela day blanket drive
  • Paper craft – learn the art of paper folding, to create a beautiful protea
  • Micro mosaics – work with a jeweller to make your own unique wearable piece
  • Self-portrait art – be guided to draw a self portrait
  • Rug making – weave your own coaster
  • A special kids workshop ahead of Mandela Day in July
  • Make a scented diffuser for your car or home

Further details for booking for these will be available on the CDI’s social media accounts (links below).

Saturday, 29 June 2024 (9am – 4pm) – see you there!

“Kuier@TheCastle” offers a multifaceted experience with various local artisanal products, culinary delights and entertainment designed to cater to all the senses and provide a memorable day out for the whole family. The two institutions envision this becoming the biggest monthly creative event in the central business district.

“We are inviting people to come and experience the magic within the Castle,” says Erica Elk, Group CEO of the Craft + Design Institute. “Come and ‘Kuier’ with us in this magnificent space – one of the oldest in South Africa – to chill, shop, eat, play and explore the fantastic local delights at this extraordinary heritage site we are so lucky to have such easy access to.”

“We chose the name ‘Kuier’ because it is such a colourful local expression that speaks to people coming together to relax together, break bread together, embodying the spirit of communal gathering and shared experiences,” she says.

Here’s what locals and tourists alike can look forward to:

  • A diverse range of products, food and entertainment: The event market will feature a diverse range of products, including jewellery, ceramics, textiles, woodwork, and fine art, accompanied by local performers and a feast of food options. With networks stretching far and wide, the CDI is sourcing new products and vendors to delight visitors.
  • Historic setting: Set within the Castle of Good Hope, with Table Mountain as the backdrop, Kuier@TheCastle offers a unique and picturesque venue for locals and tourists to explore the Castle’s six museums, historically significant sites, and more on their own or through guided tours.
  • Live demonstrations: Gain insight into the creative process as artisans conduct live demonstrations and workshops, allowing visitors to explore the skill that goes into crafting unique pieces.
  • A dynamic array of pop-ups: The event will be a lively space for smaller niche pop-ups to trade monthly, adding to the ethos of inclusivity and a multi-faceted visitor experience.
  • Community spirit and family: Chill and shade areas set up for Kuier@TheCastle will create inviting spaces for individuals and families to come together in the spirit of “Ubuntu” – fostering a sense of community and connection while supporting local talent and contributing to the growth of the creative economy.

To increase affordability, the Castle offers a significant discount on its entrance fee on every Kuier@TheCastle market day, with adult entry tickets at R30, children and pensioners at R15, and for children under 7 the entry is free.

Visitors will have access to safe parking inside the Castle via the Darling Street entrance.

Vendor applications:

Please click here

Media contact:

Please contact us on news@thecdi.org

Free safe parking available:

MAP FINAL 22 Feb 2024

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  1. please advise how to become a vendor

  2. Please supply more info for a pop-up vendor

  3. Hi.

    What type of vendors and products are you interested in showcasing? Does it have to be culturally or heritage themed? Does the products have to have a CapeTown historical theme.

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