This is a great weekend to be in Cape Town, with two major events taking place, the jazz festival and the Toffie Pop Culture Festival. I will be spending my time at the latter; I have been looking forward to it for months. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Toffie is an annual 3-day pop culture conference and festival that focuses on contemporary popular culture, design, music, magazine publishing, art and everything else that relates to everyday pop culture. This is the 3rd year it’s been running and it will take place at City Hall from Friday the 30th (as in today) till Sunday the 1st. The line-up includes over 60 local and international speakers:
- Penny Martin (UK): Editor-in-Chief of The Gentlewoman Magazine
- Roel Wouters (The Netherlands): Director/Designer
- Omar Sosa (Spain): Art Director, Publisher and Graphic Designer of Apartamento Magazine
- Malibongwe Tyilo: That would be me
- Athi-Patra Ruga: Performance and Contemporary Artist
- Chris Bisset (SA): Film Director
- Sibot (SA): Sound Designer
The festival is not just about speakers though, there are screenings, exhibitions, workshops, installations and a whole lot of other fascinating creative offerings, including the crew from the You&Me&Everyone We Know market, which will run till late on Friday and Saturday. You might have noticed from the list above that I will also be giving a talk. Mine is at 9h30am – 10h30am on Saturday morning, and ja it would be really cool if you came to check it out. For now I am trying to work through my public speaking issues. Another talk I wanna plug in exchange for domestic bliss is my partner Athi-Patra Ruga’s talk which will be at 17h00 – 18h00 on Saturday.
General access ticket, the exhibitions, the market, etc: R25
Conference Professional with access to all the talks: R750
The Student version of the above ticket: R500
or if you just want to do a single talk: R200
Now for the good news, I’ve got four Toffie all access passes to give away. I think the easiest way to do the giveaway is to ask whoever is interested to pop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org , I will then give the passes to the first four people that email me. Obviously the festival starts today, and the first talk is at ten, so I will arrange for the lucky ones to be able to pick up their passes at the door today.