ACC at Open Book Festival 2019

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For the third consecutive year African Centre for Cities (ACC) presents four city-focused panel discussions at the forthcoming Open Book Festival, from 4 to 8 September 2019.

This year’s sessions are aligned to key areas of ACC’s research namely transport, housing, urban food systems and socio-spatial integration in Cape Town. While the sessions draw on work by ACC they bring together diverse voices from the public, private and civil society organisations for vigorous and rigorous debate about these issues that affect Capetonians and urban citizens more broadly.

“Urban challenges cannot be solved by sound research and technical advice alone,” says Edgar Pieterse, director of ACC. “Urban culture, public opinion and citizen awareness are foundational aspects for innovation. ACC consciously creates and participates in platforms that contribute to public discourse.”

Besides the traditional panel discussions ACC is also hosting two food system tours curated and led by Zayaan Khan, winner of the Woolworths Future Food, FOOD XX Awards for Women in Food 2019.

FOOD AND THE CITY TOURS

4 & 5 September 2019
Depart from Homecoming Centre
10:00 – 14:00
R200

Weaving stories of food through the lens of place and space Zayaan Khan explores the political natures of food, land and space, of access, resilience and mobility.

BUSTING FOOD MYTHS

6 September 2019
Fugard Studio
10:00 – 11:00
R45

Leonie Joubert, Zayaan Khan and Mpho Tshukudu speak to Jane Battersby about urban food systems and food security in the city.

HOUSING AND THE CITY

6 September 2019
Fugard Studio
14:00 – 15:00
R45

ACC presents a conversation about inclusivity and housing in Cape Town. Chaired by Mercy Brown-Luthango

ACCESSING THE CITY

6 September 2019
Fugard Theatre
16:00 – 17:00
R45

Sean Cooke and Bonginkosi Madikizela speak to David Schmidt about inclusive mobility

INTEGRATION SYNDICATE

6 September 2019
Fugard Theatre
18:00 – 19:00
R45

Join ACC for the launch of The Integration Syndicate: Shifting Cape Town’s Socio-Spatial Debate. The book is the culmination of a dialogical forum on the dimensions of urban integration with leaders from a cross-section of institutions in Cape Town held over the course of a year.

  • Download the full programme here and book tickets here.