“There’s a first for everything” – a phrase that we’re pretty much loving after news dropped that The City of Cape Town is collaborating with businesses in Long Street for the first of many vibrant markets.
The bustling Long Street Market features music, art, cuisine and artisan produce, and forms part of the efforts to revitalise the Cape Town CBD economy.
“We are keen to do what we can to help restaurants and other entrepreneurs to contribute to revitalising our local economy. Our support for the Long Street Market is part of an effort to be creative in finding ways to help businesses still suffering from the impact of the global pandemic.
“It is also aimed at ensuring we can revitalise the CBD by providing residents with safe spaces where they can enjoy a good time with family and friends,” said the City’s Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis.
According to a statement, the Long Street Market will feature three culturally distinct stages that will be showcasing local as well as international artists, food trucks, art exhibitions, bars, entertainers and artisanal stalls ranging from art vendors to fresh produce growers.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith said that it’s been very heartening to see the public spaces being occupied over the past few months, which indicates that the events ecosystem and the tourism sector are steadily returning to stability.
The first Long Street Market takes place this Saturday, 29 January 2022, from 2pm until midnight. Due to the market, Long Street between Wale and Orange streets will be closed to traffic for the pedestrianised event.
The road closures will also affect MyCiTi routes 107 and 113 through Long Street, and passengers are requested to make use of the Groote Kerk and Lower Kloof MyCiTi Bus stops.
“A temporary bus stop will be placed to assist passengers to alight and disembark on Wale Street, only for use on days of the Long street Saturday Market closure,” the City adds. The Upper Long and Dorp Street bus stops will be missed by the service.
Road closures can be found here.
Picture: Twitter / Geordin Hill-Lewis