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The City of Cape Town is a proud supporter of the second Cape Town Mini Maker Faire which brings together DIY creatives in the fields of art, crafts, science, engineering, food and music. The show-and-tell format is a celebration of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and the Maker movement. Read more below:

The second annual Cape Town Mini Maker Faire promises to be bigger and better, and takes place at the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory from 26 to 28 August 2016.

Maker Faire is a worldwide showcase of invention and creativity which allows ordinary people to show off what they make, while also providing them an opportunity to share their knowledge, expertise and handiwork.‘This event, which is part science fair and part country fair, allows ordinary people to showcase their creativity, inventions and expertise and to share this knowledge. Maker Faire is expected to draw more than 6 000 visitors over three days including many school groups. It’s an all-ages gathering of crafters, educators, tech enthusiasts, science clubs, artists, students, tinkerers, hobbyists, and engineers,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Eddie Andrews.

Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. It was started in San Francisco in 2006 and within a few years a record 215 000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in San Francisco and New York in 2014.

The sessions will also feature experts in technology and tool innovators, leaders of higher education, and the new breed of industrial designers. The Mini Maker Faire is a space where people with a passion for learning, collaboration and creativity can connect.

‘The event offers opportunities for hands on DIY interactions for adults and children which caters to the growing numbers of aspiring Makers,’ said Councillor Andrews.

More than 60 exciting local Makers will be on show, as well as installations by the Faire’s knowledge partners including the University of the Western Cape.

Exhibits will range from home-grown drones to robotics and Arduino projects, space projects and kit makers to 3D printers, rockets, radios, gaming and electric vehicles, as well as a host of handmade craft and fashion projects and some exciting installations of art cars from the Afrika Burn festival.

In addition, an enclosed drone zone will let visitors test their flying skills, while the PPC Imaginarium, South Africa’s most supportive art and design competition for emerging creatives, will showcase industrial design, fashion, film, jewellery and sculpture all made from concrete.

At an interactive workshop the public can learn how to make their own objects from quick-drying cement.

A popular attraction at last year’s faire was the interactive Maker Station, which returns this year with another mountain of defunct appliances that can be upcycled into innovative creations.

Another highlight of this year’s event is a specially curated session presented by renowned style icon and fashion editor, Jackie Burger, who will introduce and interact with leading fashion designers and artisans.

‘The show-and-tell format stimulates conversations and inspires the sharing of ideas and peer-to-peer learning. It is sure to encourage many to take up the challenge and in the process help to reduce our carbon footprint by recycling certain items into usable objects,’ said Councillor Andrews.

It is fitting that the faire takes place in August, often referred to as Cape Town’s Design Month.

‘Many other dynamic design focused festivals take place during August including Open Design and Innovation Summit. These events celebrate the values, impact and creativity of design and innovation. They are designed to develop human capital and educate, inspire and empower,’ said Councillor Andrews.

For more information, visit http://capetown.makerfaire.com/ or follow the event on Twitter (@makerfaireCT), Instagram (@ctminimakerfaire) or Facebook.com/CTMiniMakerFaire.

The faire is open on Friday, 26 August 2016, from 14:00 to 18:00; on Saturday, 27 August 2016, from 10:00 to 18:00; and on Sunday, 28 August 2016, from 10:00 to 18:00.

Tickets are available on www.quicket.co.za

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