New market gives artists and traders a helping hand

The launch of The Creative People’s Market@South at Gallery South in Muizenberg.

Various creative arts, stalls and entertainment were on offer at the launch of the Creative People’s Market@South in Muizenberg at Gallery South in Muizenberg on Saturday and Sunday April 3 and 4.

Among the artists and craftspeople were the young Khayelitsha Arts Collective; their teacher and veteran print maker, Cosmos Dandajena; and Masipumelele-based Vuyo and Khuluwa Sixhaso as The Marimbas duo.

Claudia Braude, of Gallery South, came up with the idea to provide opportunities for artists, crafters and traders, many of whom have been hard hit by Covid restrictions and their impact on the tourism economy.

“There is so much unemployment and every little opportunity like this is much needed for people to make a bit of money. With all the people visiting the Muizenberg Beach and going for walks, this is an excellent outdoor location,” said crafter Ruth Titus, who, before Covid, traded at the Mayor’s Market at the Civic Centre.

Masi-based musos Vuyo and Khuluwa Sixhaso are The Marimbas

Anton Gilliland, a permaculturalist who creates sustainable private and communal food-garden systems, sold plants at the market. “I loved The Creative People’s Market. In providing the stalls at no cost, it embodied the permaculture ethics of people care, Earth care and surplus Share,” said Mr Gilliland.

“I met fellow informal traders with fantastic ideas and products. The support from the locals of Muizenberg equally, allowed us to have a great atmosphere for change,” he said.

Ms Braude said: “I am so encouraged by the goodwill and collaboration of people who shared ideas, contacts and expertise and made our first market possible.

“There is extraordinary talent and creativity throughout Cape Town, from Muizenberg to Masi, from to Mitchell’s Plain to Khayelitsha. There are dedicated community workers, artists and craftspeople working quietly, invisibly and with minimal resources and support. Their efforts deserve to be showcased and highlighted for the benefit of all. The cultural economy can be a beacon of hope, especially for the youth, in this difficult era.“

For more information, contact Claudia Braude at: cbraude@ibi.co.za or 083 273 3742