Since I became a member of The Hive at the beginning of August , I have been visiting Muizenberg, Cape Town almost daily. The Hive as a community hub offers a shared work-space at a rate far less than its value. ‘Creatives’, artists, writers, photographers, those passionate about Muizenberg Cape Town and social change converge in this unique space to share, experience, inspire and to be inspired in various ways by locals and foreigners.
Muizenberg Cape Town is artistic and diverse
It is a hub of an inter-connected web of change and social development which is especially appreciated in artistic communities. Emerging artists mingle with the more experienced and established with a focus to help and improve.
With long white hair in a pony-tail, comic artist Andy Mason aka, ND Mazin prepared for the first event of the Muizenberg Cape Town festival…an art show. The amazing artwork that appeared from a back room piqued my curiosity which led to an interview with Andy and his assistant Robyn Hosking.
Passionate about art, community, human potential and a love for Muizenberg, Andy, Robyn et al seek to reveal Cape Town’s best kept secret in full colour.
Bringing back the Rainbow Nation
While surfing on his big old surfboard in Muizenberg, Cape Town, on a beautiful day after early morning rain, Andy just had to stop and stare at a bright, clear, rainbow that suddenly appeared over the mountains and ended right over Stoked Backpackers. He immediately noticed other surfers and beach goers also staring into the sky. Some even claimed an out-of-body experience.
That rainbow stole the show from the easy waves of Muizenberg, leaving an indelible impression on the privileged few of that morning.
Muizenberg, Cape Town is the gentle reminder of what South Africa could be like
For South Africa, the rainbow is highly symbolic since ‘we are supposed to be known as the ‘Rainbow Nation’’, Andy said. Over the years since 1994, people started to speak of the ‘Rainbow Nation Myth’, mocking the very idea of the ideal of a united, colourful, beautiful society. Sad for believers of democracy! Andy, Robyn et al have a plea and dream of ‘re-illusionment’ – to bring back the Rainbow Nation. Muizenberg, the best kept secret of Cape Town, is the gentle reminder of what South Africa could be like.
What to find in Muizenberg Cape Town
- A cultural outlet for an unusually active artistic community.
- An integrated community in the way of the kind of people that gravitate to Muizenberg for various reasons
- A melting pot of cultural activity.
- Participatory for people from all walks of life
Both Andy and Robyn are working towards Muizenberg becoming the go-to place to experience cultural expression, beach and mountain; reminiscent of San Francisco.
- Mountain: A variety of easy to hard hikes to catch great views.
- Vlei (Marchland) best kept in Falsebay, home for unique flora and a safe haven for birds.
- History: battle of Muizenberg
- Historical Mile between Muizenberg and St James
- Rhodes cottage: Cecil Rhodes beach
- Casa Labia (1929) Home of Count and Countess Natale Labia
- Pre-history: people lived in the mountains for many thousands of years.