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Annelieke Bezemer, a visual art and design management student from Holland, recently completed a six-month internship in the Fringe. We interviewed...


One of the key challenges facing South Africa is job creation. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a vital role to play in creating and...

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The Setting Up

Here is a list of spaces that can be used as conferencing, event and meeting venues nearby and within the Fringe district. Please fill in the form at...


The Fringe district is billed as a design and innovation district that builds on Cape Town’s creative capital, but what does this mean in real...

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The Happenings

The Fringe uses a calendar app powered by MyBirdi to record tweets of recognised users (see it on the right hand side of the page). This is done...


Bryan Ramkilawan heads up the Barrack Street-based Cape Town Fashion Council (CTFC), an organisation that represents the Western Cape’s fashion...

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The District
Ons Plek mural by Faith47, photo by Lisa Burnell Photo by Sydelle Willow Smith. temple-house-sydelle-0309-1024x682
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Latest Posts From The Fringe

Patrons party at the Assembly in the Fringe

The Happenings 30 May 2013

The Fringe uses a calendar app powered by MyBirdi to record tweets of recognised users (see it on the right hand side of the page). This is done through the steps below and results in tweets about events being pinned to the calendar. Complete these steps to include any event happening in the Fringe area to our... More »

meeting spaces in the Fringe

African Cities/ Economic Development/ News/ The Setting Up 28 May 2013

Here is a list of spaces that can be used as conferencing, event and meeting venues nearby and within the Fringe district. Please fill in the form at the bottom to have your details included: Download a database of venues with more details like floor space, alternate contact details, addresses details, and... More »

50 Dots participants at the event. Photo by Lisa Burnell

History & Memory/ The Community 18 February 2013

Annelieke Bezemer, a visual art and design management student from Holland, recently completed a six-month internship in the Fringe. We interviewed her about the experience, and what it takes to be the next Fringe intern. Annelieke, why did you apply for an internship with the Fringe? To start, it was freezing... More »

Strolling and shopping in the city

African Cities/ Economic Development/ The Community 4 January 2013

One of the key challenges facing South Africa is job creation. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a vital role to play in creating and supporting more jobs, so it is essential that entrepreneurs and young business owners receive the right support to ensure they flourish. There are several initiatives in... More »

Design Can Shift presentation sketch

African Cities/ Community/ Economic Development/ History & Memory/ The Community 3 December 2012

Over the weekend of the 23-25 November, 36 design and social change enthusiasts gave up sleep (and a little bit of sanity) to participate in a 36-hour Design Can Do workshop to try and address social cohesion in The Fringe through design and design-thinking. (more...)

Pollinating urban change, urban beekeeping in Cape Town

African Cities/ Community/ History & Memory/ The Blog/ The Community 30 November 2012

What do the rooftops of London, Paris, New York and now Cape Town have in common? They are all home to hives of bees, thanks to the collective efforts of conscientious city dwellers. (more...)

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News/ The Community 2 November 2012

Self-made publications are the stars this Friday night at Zine Market, a celebration of locally-made, self-published publications at The Book Lounge. Everything from comics, photobooks, essays to origami guides will be up for grabs, with booklets priced around R10 and R20. The market is part of the Cape Town Zine... More »

Vuyisa_The Hostel

African Cities/ Economic Development/ News/ The Community 23 October 2012

Serial entrepreneur Vuyisa Qabaka was born and bred in the Eastern Cape and moved here to study at UCT. Since then he’s incubated a number of successful business ventures and relocated his headquarters to The Hostel, a shared office environment in The Fringe. (more...)

Masterclass_Question booth (c)Lindsay Bush

African Cities/ Economic Development/ History & Memory/ The Community 8 October 2012

Urban agent Lindsay Bush reflects on a two-day design master class, during which The Fringe district was reimagined through the lens of 20+ designers and four different urban interventions. After the three full days of inspiring talks, films, exhibitions and tours that made up Architecture ZA’s 2012 conference,... More »

Ma’or Harris in the Fringe, in Cape Town. Photo supplied

Creativity/ News/ The Community 21 September 2012

Music aficionado Ma’or Harris settled in Cape Town ten years ago. Since then, he’s thrown some of the city’s most talked-about parties, coined the term Balkanology, and is busy planning a World Music Festival to be held in The Fringe, Cape Town’s east city and up-and-coming innovation district, this... More »

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