The funky little suburb of Woodstock on the edge of the Cape Town city bowl, is fizzing with creative energy. It is helping to power the Mother City's design engine, which has already conjured up Design Indaba and Guild Design Fair, and it is revelling in the World Design Capital designation this year.
A carnival, women's boxing match, craft market, gospel extravaganza, cool jazz and Miss Mapungubwe beauty pageant – there's lots in store at Limpopo's seven-day Mapungubwe Arts Festival, to be held next week in celebration of South Africa's 20 years of freedom.
The designer meets the choreographer, and together they make happy music. Black Coffee's Jacques van der Watt and Vuyani's Gregory Maqoma have worked together for more than a decade, culminating in a performance of purity and distortion, a surreal journey from outer space to the landscapes of Earth.
Several international films have already been shot in South Africa, but there is potential for so much more. A group of Hollywood producers is in the country to hear what it has to offer, and learn more about the locations, professional talent and services available, as well as the government incentives for the industry.
The elegant, well-mannered and impeccably dressed African man is not a new phenomenon. But he is getting global exposure in the internet age. From the sapeurs of Congo to small town Namibia, these sartorial leaders are doing interesting things. But it is more than just the clothes; it is about meaning, manners and respect.
The old Premier Mill silos in Newtown have been repurposed, and now wear a four-storey hat of recycled shipping containers. The freshly made-over structure offers unusual accommodation for the city's large student population, and carries the hope that the new residents will bring their youth, energy and vibrancy back into the inner city.