Northwestern University Art and Public Culture Programme 2016
Cape Town, Monday 7 to Thursday 17 September 2015

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Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Cissie Gool & Imam Haron.

Mural by Mak1One, in District Six


10 nights and 10 days in Cape Town, South Africa
Accommodation on a twin room shared basis in iKhaya Lodge, Gardens, just above the central business district. Breakfast included, and there is free wifi in the hotel (it works best in the lounge, spotty in the rooms).

All meals excluded except for six: Tuesday Welcome Dinner, the Saturday dinner, and the Closing Dinner on the last night, as well as 3 lunches. These are denoted as GROUP MEAL in the programme. Other meals are for own account, even though you might be eating with everybody together.


Day1. Monday 7 September
Arrivals - check in, chill out

Day2. Tuesday 8 September
Table Mountain (Hoeriwaggo), Slave Walk, Welcome Dinner

Day3. Wednesday 9 September

Robben Island, National Gallery, Political Public Art

Day4. Thursday 10 September

Langa Pass Museum, Langa Quarter, Maboneng Township Arts

Day5. Friday 11 September

Chimurenga Magazine, Patricia Hayes, Galleries

Day6. Saturday 12 September

Zayd Minty, #RhodesMustFall, Melanie Eva Boehi at Kirstenbosch Gardens

Day7. Sunday 13 September

Free day. Optional tours

Day8. Monday 14 September
Free day. Optional tours

Day9. Tuesday 15 September
Joost Bosland, Athi Mongezeleli Joja, Galleries

Day10. Wednesday 16 September

Ciraj Rassool, Tony East & Natasha Becker, Galleries

Day11. Thursday 17 September

Fly home


Day1. Monday 7 September
Arrivals - check in, chill out


Welcome to the city. We have scheduled airport transfers according to your arrivals, in clusters, to get you to the hotel.

At 1600, when most of you have arrived, Iain Harris and Michael Letlala will meet you at the hotel for a programme and city city briefing, talking through public transport, places to change money, things to look out for etc, a general overview of staying in Cape Town.

After the briefing, about 1700 or so, the evening is yours.

Here are the modes of public transport available to you:
- The
MyCiti bus system, our Integrated Rapid Transit System. You need a bus card, which you load with credit and ride. The most comfortable public ride, but not always the most convenient. A service of the City of Cape Town.

- Minibus taxis, the most ubiquitous form of public transit, and a totally private enterprise with no subsidies. Simplest to use on the Atlantic Sea Board line for access from the inner city through to Camps Bay. There is no single website for the system, but the link the title goes to is a piece on its role in South Africa.

- Golden Arrow is the oldest bus system, and the most difficult to work out, you need to have grown up with their system to understand how to use it. They have some new buses but mostly they are dinosaurs. You won’t need to use them, they don’t do much around the main city.

- Uber: we have regular cab operators too, but Uber is by far the best.

Day2. Tuesday 8 September
Table Mountain (Hoeriwaggo), Slave Walk, Welcome Dinner


Names of slaves at the Cape, at the Slave Lodge

0900 - 1300
Let’s start with Table Mountain, or Hoerikwaggo, the mountain that rises from the sea, as the Khoesan called it. From the top we have an aerial perspective on the whole city, allowing us to map it spatially and historically. This makes for an excellent introduction to the programme. We will also introduce some indigenous history at this point. We leave the hotel at 9am, by around 10am we are at the top, we have about two hours to explore, before taking the cable car back down around midday.

1300 Lunch at Mariam’s Kitchen, St George’s Mall
In the heart of the city, Mariam’s is a popular eatery that serves Cape Malay food. GROUP MEAL1.

1400 - 1630 Slave Route, with Lucy Campbell

Lucy is the city’s pre-eminent scholar of slavery and slavery histories, she has a Masters degree in Museums and Heritage Studies from the University of Cape Town, and a long history as an activist. Lucy hosts us on a walking tour of the city focusing on its slave history and colonial rule in the Cape. The walk also includes elements of indigenous history.

After the walk with Lucy, we return to the hotel to refresh.

At 7pm, one of the Coffeebeans team will walk you over from the hotel to our Creative Emporium for a special dinner to welcome you to the city with local cuisine and hot original live music. GROUP MEAL 2.

Day3. Wednesday 9 September

Robben Island, District Six, Political Public Art

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Mak1One’s narration of 40 years of political history in this District Six mural

Robert Sobukwe’s prison house on Robben Island

You will be collected around 0815 at iKhaya Lodge, to be at the Robben Island Gateway by 0845 for the 0900 Ferry to Robben Island. Your guide will already have introduced you to a selection of the key political figures, the Island concentrates on Mandela, and to a lesser degree, Robert Sobukwe, an ANC leader that broke away to form the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), the party that lead the Pass protest in 1960 that resulted in the Sharpeville Massacre, a key event in our historical timeline. (If weather prevents access to the Island, we will visit the Lwandle Labour Museum)

We’ll be back on the mainland around 1230 (the ferry is often late so we’ll play this flexibly), with lunch planned for a Waterfront eatery as soon as we are back, maybe the Market on the Wharf, which has a range of eating options. Budget 8 - 10 USD.

After lunch, we will have the rest of the afternoon to explore the National Gallery, located in the Company’s Gardens.

After the Gallery, time allowing, we will pause at some public art memorial sites, including the Cissie Gool Memorial a little behind the Museum, the Mak1 mural at the foot of the District Six area, featuring Mandela, Steve Biko, Cissie Gool and Imam Haron, and Mak1’s other piece, depicting our history from the 1960s through the 1990s.

And then it’s back to the hotel.

Dinner at your own leisure.

Day4. Thursday 10 September

Langa Pass Museum, Langa Quarter, Maboneng Township Arts


Street art in the Langa Quarter

Langa Pass Museum curator Alfred Magwaca

We leave the hotel at 0900 and head for the The Langa Pass Museum. We want to deepen the threads of apartheid history and forced removals, focusing on the pass system that controlled the movement of black people. Here we meet Alfred Magwaca, the museum curator, whose grandfather was one of the officials at the Pass Office during apartheid years.

Then we move to the Langa Quarter, a social enterprise project with the vision of establishing Langa township as a cultural and creative central node in the city, and transforming the binary way in which we view the city i.e. as city and township on the periphery. Public art is central to the project, as is the Maboneng Township Art Gallery, where homes have been converted into galleries. We meet Tony Elvin, the Langa Quarter founder, and get a perspective on art as an intervention for shifting identities, and on the evolution of the precinct.

From Langa we move to Guguletu, where we meet Siphiwe Ngwenya, the founder of the Maboneng Township Art Festival and the Township Art Galleries, and get a perspective from a curator and artist on inverting the gallery model, and the role of art in township realities.  

Around 1300 we move to Mama Sheila’s home restaurant in Guguletu for an isiXhosa lunch. Work on about 6 - 8 USD pp for lunch.

We meet Grant Jurius from the Burning Museum Collective in Mitchells Plain at about 3pm, exploring street art first in Mitchells Plain, and then in Woodstock. We will spend about 45 minutes in each precinct. Woodstock has become famous for its high concentration of street art, and the ways in which street artists have worked with community members to tell local stories. Mitchells Plain is a sprawling ghetto created for coloured or mixed race people under apartheid. There is a big culture of hip hop and graffiti in Mitchells Plain.

After the street art session with Grant, it’s back to the hotel, where there will be a discussion in the hotel conference room, before you are free to head out for dinner.

Day5. Friday 11 September

Chimurenga Magazine, Patricia Hayes, Galleries



Dread Scott’s cover for Chimurenga 5: Head/Body (& Tools) / Corpses (April 2004)

Patricia Hayes

With context set, now we move into the phase of our daily speaker programme, mixed up with gallery visits.

We will leave the hotel at about 1030, for a leisurely walk to the Chimurenga Magazine HQ in the Pan African Market on Long Street.

At 1100 we meet Graeme Arendse and Bongani Kona of Chimurenga. Graeme is an illustrator and designer, responsible for the look and feel of the Chimurenga titles. He is also a DJ, and a member of the Chimurenga editorial team. Bongani is a writer and contributing editor at Chimurenga.

We’ll have lunch at Little Ethiopia, just around the corner from the Pan African Market, probably around 1245. GROUP MEAL 3.

After lunch, around 1430, we meet Patricia Hayes at the District Six Homecoming Centre.

Day6. Saturday 12 September

Zayd Minty, Melanie Eva Boehi at Kirstenbosch Gardens




Zayd Minty

Melanie Eva Boehi

Riason Naidoo

We start the day at 1000 with Zayd Minty, the manager of Arts and Culture for the City of Cape Town. He has invited us to meet him at his home in Green Point.

After Zayd, around 1130, we will drive to the University of Cape Town (UCT), to visit the site where Cecil John Rhodes’ statue was removed, due to the actions of the #RhodesMustFall movement. We will also visit his public memorial at Rhodes Memorial, next door to UCT.

We’ll have lunch at around 1300 in Rondebosch, the student hub of the city.


After lunch, at 1430, we meet Melanie Eva Boehi at the Protea Village Church, just outside of Kirstenbosch Gardens, and after her introduction, we walk up to the Gardens themselves for a narrative exploring Plants and Politics in the Cape.

And then back to the hotel between 1630 and 1700.

At 1815, please make your way to the hotel conference room for an 1830 presentation by Riason Naidoo, Director of the South African National Gallery. Riason will join you for dinner at Cafe Royale at 8pm where  you can discuss the presentation. The presentation is titled “
1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective”, exploring a century of South African art.

GROUP MEAL 4 tonight, ahead of your two day break, at Cafe Royale on Long St.

Day7. Sunday 13 and Monday 14 September

Free days. Optional tours


The Solms Delta music project, part of the Solms Delta Wine Estate’s attempt to rewrite narratives of the winelands

Options include these classic sightseeing and cultural excursions:

Wine Route, full day on the Sunday or the Monday, USD 90 pp including tastings, excluding lunch.

Peninsula Route, full day on the Sunday or the Monday, USD 90 pp including entrance fees, excluding lunch.

Jazz Safari, evening tour Friday the 11th, Saturday the 12th or Monday the 14th, 1900 - 2300. USD 100 pp including dinner and entrance fees, excluding drinks at jazz venue.

Day9. Tuesday 15 September
Joost Bosland, Athi Mongezeleli Joja, Galleries



Joost Bosland

Athi Mongezeleli Joja

Collection at 0900 to meet Joost at 0930 at the Stevenson Gallery in Woodstock, the area has become something of a precinct for art galleries. The Goodman Gallery, which we visit tomorrow, is right next door.

After the session with Joost, we visit some of the other Woodstock galleries including Blank Projects, and What if the World.

We’ll have lunch in Woodstock, maybe at Superette in the Woodstock Exchange, with a chance to explore something of Woodstock’s design precinct a little, and get a different perspective on things. GROUP MEAL 5.

At 1400 we are meeting Athi Mongezeleli Joja.

After meeting Athi, we’ll probably have a drink with him, he is hoping to keep things informal, at a venue where an after-session drink is possible.

Back to the hotel after the drink.

Day10. Wednesday 16 September

Tony East & Natasha Becker, Ciraj Rassool, Galleries




Natasha Becker

Tony East

Ciraj Rassool

We will collect you at 0830 for a 0900 session with Ciraj Rassool at the District Six Museum. We will walk there from the hotel, a walk of no more than 15 minutes.

We leave the Museum at 1030 to get to our 1100 session at the Goodman Gallery in Woodstock, hosted by Natasha Becker and Tony East.

We’ll have lunch around 1300 / 1330.

At 1500, at Michaelis, the art and drama campus of the University of Cape Town, is the colloquium titled Fantastic.
The half-day colloquium “is an inter-disciplinary event that seeks to re-ignite critical thought about the fantastic in contemporary art and visual culture. Drawing inspiration from writers such as Ben Okri, this exhibition brings together video art and photographs that engage with the fantastic…”

A closing dinner tonight, GROUP MEAL 6.

Day11. Thursday 17 September

Fly home

Home time, with airport transfers in clusters as per arrivals. We will update you on these before departure.


Cape Town

iKhaya Lodge

Wandel St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
+2721 461 8880

The hotel doesn’t have a 24 hour concierge, so if you return late in the night from an outing, you may wait a moment or two for someone to open the door, but there will always be someone to let you in, no matter what time you return.

When out late at night, use a cab to return to the hotel rather than walking. There are some routes from the entertainment hubs to the hotel that are a little dark and opportunistic when the city is asleep.

On the same square as the hotel, are some places to eat:

Maria’s, a Greek eatery

Vandiar’s, serving Indian cuisine

Roxy’s, a cafe style eatery

Cape Town eateries

Cafe Royale, gourmet burgers on Long Street

The Bokaap Kombuis, Cape Malay food in the Bokaap

Hemelhuijs, excellent lunches in the CBD

Dear Me Food World, same sort of level as Hemelhuijs, good for lunches, also CBD

Kyoto Gardens, Tamboerskloof, one of the best places for sushi in South Africa (their vegetarian options for Japanese food is really good)

Harbour House, V&A Waterfront, great for seafood

Lucky Fish, Bree Street, for excellent street-side fish and chips

Chef’s Warehouse, great tapas restaurant on Heritage Square, Bree Street

Fork is the other good tapas place, on Long Street (avoid La Parada on Bree, tacky tapas)

Plant Cafe, amazing vegetarian and vegan eatery, open for lunches and breakfasts. Such good food. Buiten St, just off the Long Street hub

Masala Dosa is great for South Indian food, very funky place on Long Street

Bhukara is great for North Indian cuisine, a serious eatery in comparison to Masala dosa, very good food.

El Burro, hip Mexican join in Green Point, very good, with craft beer and tequila

Downtown Ramen, if you are into ramen, this is excellent.

Buzby Grill in Sea Point and Carne in the CBD for excellent steaks if you need one of those

(you’ll notice more Indian options here than South African - in Cape Town we are not very good at making our local cuisine so readily available, other than Cape Malay. Sorry for that)

Coffeebeans Routes

We are a specialist tour operator and events production company, focused on creative and cultural travel and events. Please take a look at for details.

Your guide for the programme will be Michael Letlala.
The programme co-ordinator is Iain Harris.
The backend logistics manager will be Natasha Moses.

You will meet Iain and Michael on your first day, and Natasha at the Welcome Dinner.

Coffeebeans Routes. 22 Hope St, Cape Town, 8001. Tel +2721 461 3572