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STATEMENT BY MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY, ALDERMAN JP SMITH

Cape Town is in the midst of yet another burst of creativity and colour, hosting both the Design Indaba and the Annual Pride Week Festival.

The curtain falls on the 24th edition of the Design Indaba at Artscape today. The three-day event, which includes a conference, exhibitions, film festival and musical performances, has attracted approximately 20 000 local and international visitors.

This creative festival, which celebrates the country’s innovative minds, provides a platform for emerging artists and showcases Cape Town as a leading global design city.

The City of Cape Town has a three-year deal to sponsor Design Indaba which is set to continue until 2020.

Our continued support for the event comes from the realisation that the creative industries are some of the fastest growing sectors in the world and can make a big contributor to the local economy. This means job growth and exposure for the local talent who showcase their work on a globally recognised platform.

Especially exciting is the focus on film. The City has partnered with the Cape Town film industry to establish the Film Cape Town initiative which is aimed at showcasing the Mother City as a premier film and media destination. We are really pleased that the Design Indaba Film Festival is shining a light on film. This is an industry that we want to see thriving because Cape Town has all of the components that a filmmaker needs for their production.

The spotlight is also firmly on the LGBT+ community this week, with the Pride Week Festival culminating in the Pride Parade and Mardi Gras in Green Point tomorrow, Saturday 2 March 2019.

The City of Cape Town is proud to support the event which has been around for the last 17 years; and this year promises to be the biggest in its history. The City provides event support to the Cape Town Pride Festival up to R250 000.

An event like this provides a space for individuals to express themselves, raise awareness and celebrate who they are. I want to applaud members of the LGBT+ community for not giving up the battle for an equal society and for providing a voice for others to continue that fight for that equality. I know the road ahead is still long but I want to assure them that the City of Cape Town is an ally. We are a caring city that is inclusive and wants to celebrate our diversity.

The Pride Festival boasts attendance figures of approximately six thousand people, and is an event which makes an invaluable contribution to our local economy.

In addition, the Cape Town Pride organisers run education programmes around HIV/Aids, transgender awareness and the event management mentorship programme.

They are also congratulated for their fundraising efforts during the Pride Festival for the benefit of the Pride Shelter, PASSOP, Triangle Project and the KASI Pride.

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