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

Cosy up to a creative wonderland at Kuier@TheCastle on 27 July

Kuier@TheCastle, the Cape Town CBD’s biggest family-friendly creative and lifestyle event, will be bursting with new creative additions this month on 27 July, featuring several fun creative workshops for the whole family and offering an immersive craft and arts experience. Hosted by the Craft + Design Institute (CDI), in collaboration with the Castle of Good Hope, this monthly event has grown substantially, delighting Cape Town locals and visitors alike.
 

The Kuier@TheCastle event 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 27 July market features several fun creative workshops:

Book for these creative workshops on Quicket here: https://qkt.io/kuierthecastle.

Scented diffusers – free!
Make you own scented diffuser for your home or car with a selection of fragrance oils! This workshop is free to all visitors to the market! Offered all day from 10am to 4pm. Just pop in at the Kuier market’s free Creative Corner!

The craft of crochet by Busy Hands!
This workshop is for everyone – no prior craft skills are needed! This is a wonderful opportunity do discover an on-trend design skill and learn to make your own crochet square!

Cost: R120 (including materials)
Workshop times to book for: 10am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm

Create your own masterpiece micro-mosaic jewellery with Marcelino Manhula!
Join us and create your own micro-mosaic necklace at the Kuier@TheCastle market! Fusing an ancient technique and contemporary art; go home with your own special, unique jewellery piece that you have created. 

Marcelino is an artist with an innate passion of the art and particularly of the craft of mosaic. This brought him to Cape Town – he learnt the ancient technique with Masters from Ravenna, Italy. He works on mosaic with a devotion and a passion but Marcelino Manhula creativity never stops experimenting with mixed media and metal inserts. Today Marcelino collaborates with various artists, architects and interior designers.

Workshop times to book for: Hourly from 10am – 4pm
Cost: R185 per session (including materials)

The craft of tufting by Spinnerkop
Make your own small rug or a placemat with your own initials!
Explore the art of personalisation – tufting is is such a huge trend at the moment! – so make a bespoke product for yourself or as a gift for someone special.
Workshop times to book for: 10am – 1pm; or 1pm – 4pm
Cost: R600 (including materials)

Spinnerkop Rug Makers is a collective of skilled artisans passionate about preserving traditional craftsmanship.

A children’s beading workshop by Meschell’s Designs
Create a personalised beaded piece! (No booking needed, runs all day)
Bracelet – R100
Keyring – R120
Necklace – R150
Bookmark – R120

Learn the Art of Tatting: Thread and Bead Art
This is a fab workshop that anyone can join! Create your own pair of “drop dead gorgeous” earrings, choosing from a host of divine bead and thread colours. Absolutely perfect to match with your winter wardrobe! Be ready with your new earrings – they will be a magnet for compliments!

Workshop times to book for: 11am – 1pm, or from 2pm – 4pm
Cost: R250 per session (including materials)

Hosted by local expert jeweller Yvonne Manyiki of Dimzique:
“I am in the business of making women look beautiful & feel confident. Our wish is that you fall in love with the shape of the creative designs, the unusual and striking colour combinations and the beauty of the materials used.” – Yvonne

Ceramic workshop in the Castle’s Iziko Ceramic Museum
Hosted by one of SA’s top ceramicists John Bauer!

John Bauer, a South African artist, will discuss the role museums play in inspiring brilliance and how their choices symbolise the best we have to offer for inspiration. He has many ceramic pieces on display at the Iziko Ceramic Museum at the Castle of Good Hope.

Marc Jeannin, a potter from Austin, Texas, will provide insights into the Ceramic Museum from an American perspective.

Workshop times to book for: 10am – 11am
Cost: R99

And also 1pm – 2:30pm
Cost: R299
With an expert-led discussion on ceramics

Paper Craft Workshop by Ana Loots from Bluum
Make some magic happen with paper – and create your own paper protea fridge magnet!
Ana will guide you, step by step, to create gorgeous paper protea fridge magnets – they make for lovely gifts or ornaments for the home.

She is passionate craft artisan based in Cape Town, with a love of our natural wonders. She calls her craft “Paper Therapy”.

Workshop times to book for: 10am – 12pm; or 1pm – 3pm 
All materials included.
Cost: R150

Workshop bookings:
Book for these creative workshops on Quicket here: https://qkt.io/kuierthecastle.

Pop-ups, fashion shows take the stage
In addition, top local designer Thabo Makhetha presents a beautiful new pop-up boutique: LuxLane, featuring the latest fashion trends from several talented designers; and will host two fashion shows: at 12pm and another at 1:30pm.

The Best Thing Ever will also return this month with a lively pop-up market, bringing a host of local creatives from across the City to Kuier@TheCastle.

FREE WALKABOUT OF THE WILLIAM FEHR COLLECTION AT 11:00

Curator of the Iziko Wiliam Fehr Collection at the Castle of Good Hope, Esther Esmyol, will be doing a walkabout of this fine collection of paintings and decorative arts of special relevance to the Cape. Meet at the steps to the right of the Kat Balcony and enjoy finding out about the collector and the collection in this very special space. An extra treat when visiting Kuier@theCastle.

Saturday, 27 July 2024 (10am – 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

Directions to Kuier @ The Castle

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  1. please advise how to become a vendor

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

  3. Hi Shaz We are looking for applications from a diverse range of businesses making all types of craft and design goods. These don’t need to be specifically cultural or heritage themed. Feel free to apply via the form: https://www.thecdi.org.za/page/KuierAtTheCastleVendorApplicationForm

  4. Good day
    I have a food truck and would like to join your market. Please advise how to join.

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