Market@theSheds and the Capital Collective – Connecting Efforts in the People’s City

Dear Pretoria fan, foodie, art, architecture and design lover, proud South African, explorer and Capital Collective supporter

Our capital city is getting into her groove. Wonderful things and changes are happening all over the city, creating more reasons why Pretoria was voted the most liveable city in South Africa. One of these days we will have a wonderful public transport system in place, the inner city is cleaner and safer than it’s been in years, fabulous eateries and shops are popping up all over the place and we are seeing more and more major attractions choosing the capital to host crowd-pulling events.

For some reason however, there is still this need to clarify the assumption that Pretoria is only a city with magnificent historical architecture, but with an unfortunate dull vibe..

But perceptions are slowly shifting. The sentiments of the people living in- and loving the city, have reached a tipping point and a network of like-minded people, passionate about the rejuvenation of the Capital are connecting and getting their hands dirty in the quest to put the city “on the map” – locally and internationally.

Various initiatives are taking shape and a wide variety of role-players and companies are coming to the party to show their support and commitment to make the city liveable, resilient and inclusive- as per the vision of the City of Tshwane.

One of these, the Capital Collective initiative, is focused on starting projects and creating connections between different stakeholders who are or want to be part of the inner city rejuvenation. The initiative creates a space where ideas and initiatives can be shared and explored, not only to raise interest and awareness, but also to find possible avenues for collaboration or support, and eventually tangible outcomes.

“Essentially we are creating a united, non-political force of people and organisations who want to leverage the influence, knowledge, skills, resources and passion of people in Tshwane to make the city’s revival a reality”, says Mareli Wassenaar, the Programme Director.

 

One gets the feeling that Pretoria is on the verge of a blooming phase. Not only do we have a Mayor who drives the city’s vision, within Pretoria are individuals and companies with revolutionary ideas, awe-inspiring projects and money to spend. “We have so much to go for and to take pride in, it is time for us to capture and embrace our city’s unique brand identity and create the place we want to live in. Fred Kent says it best: “Everyone has the right to live in a great place. More importantly, everyone has the right to contribute to making the place where they already live great”.

 

The Capital Collective encourages people to collaborate to be able to achieve more as part of a collective effort.

Originally planned for the Cool Capital Biennale, the Capital Collective now hosts Pretoria’s own, first of its kind inner city art, food, music and design market, Market@theSheds on an ongoing basis. As a fully inclusive market catering to a wide variety of interests group in the city, the market has its own distinct urban flavour, unique to the capital and its colourful people.

The link between Market@theSheds and the Capital Collective?

The Market@theSheds is a Capital Collective project, an initiative driving revival projects in the Pretoria CBD. Embracing the flavours and talents of South Africa’s Capital, local entrepreneurs, designers, artists and musicians form the bulk of the market. The market aims to provide a platform of support for young emerging artists and entrepreneurs to gain exposure and showcase their amazing talent. For some, the vibe at the market is merely a welcome surprise, but for many more, it is a proud display of the People City’s (often downplayed) creative offering.

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The Capital Collective initiative, is focused on starting projects and creating connections between different stakeholders who are or want to be part of the inner city rejuvenation. The initiative creates a platform where ideas and initiatives can be shared and explored, not only to raise interest and awareness, but also to find possible avenues for collaboration and support, and eventually tangible outcomes.

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Email: mareli@capitalcollective.co.za

PRETORIA’S OWN INNER CITY MARKET SHOWS THERE’S MORE TO PITORI

The Market@theSheds is happening again at the end of the month in the Pretoria CBD. Saturday, 28 February will see the city come alive again with flocks of colourful people of all shapes and sizes, re-discovering the beauty of the Capital’s inner city.

The market is hosted in a beautiful, old warehouse and creates a vibrant and cosmopolitan space where people enjoy and explore local artisan food, art, design and music.

The market appeals to a diverse group of people from all walks of life: fashionistas, art lovers, foodies, musicians, shopaholics, tourists, explorers, trendsetters and socialites of all ages. If you like your Saturdays filled with a city buzz, atmospheric spaces, gourmet coffee, deli-style food, cool music and interesting people, this is the place for you. Come for coffee or breakfast, hook up with friends or just come and browse for a well-deserved treat at the end of the month. Kids are welcome.

Described as an african urban experience, it merges the best of city markets with the flavours of South Africa’s Capital. Local entrepreneurs, designers, artists and musicians form the bulk of the market, promoting the talents of the people of Tshwane. With so many popular musicians in South Africa hailing from our beautiful city, the market aims to provide a platform of support for young emerging artists to gain exposure and showcase their amazing talent. For some, the vibe at the market is merely a welcome surprise, but for many more, it is also a proud display of the people’s city’s (often downplayed) creative offering.

Market@theSheds is scheduled to take place on the last Saturday of each month, so be sure to diarise …

The Market is changing locations from the end of the month of April and will be doing Pop-up markets in between. Find the next market on our Facebook, twitter or instagram page, or visit this page for updates. The Market@theSheds is part of the Capital Collective, an initiative driving revival projects in the Pretoria CBD.

Follow the Market on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marketatthesheds

More Information available at     www.marketatthesheds.co.za & www.capitalcollective.co.za

Contact details: Mareli Wassenaar | mareli@capitalcollective.co.za

 

What Better Way To Spend A Saturday Morning

What better way to spend a Saturday morning than eating delectable food and celebrating local talent.

We went to the second instalment of Market @ The Sheds on Saturday morning and I still feel as stuffed as a Christmas turkey! I discovered some new things, rediscovered some things I’ve let slip and just had an all-round good time. Oh my goodness we bought the most delicious pulled pork sandwiches from Ginger and Fig, totally made starving ourselves before we went worth it!

Read more: http://www.ritahello.com/market-our-first-time-the-sheds/

 

 

Please note: All imagery in this post is copyright of Good Lookin’. Photography and illustration by Rita-Mari Ludike

The First Market@theSheds

The first Market@theSheds took place on 18 October in the Pretoria CBD. Showcasing local talent with art, food, music and design, the market truly served as the ideal platform for creatives and the public to become a bit more familiar with each other.

In association with the Cool Capital Biennale, The Capital Collective launched this market in order to contribute to the revitalization and restoration of the inner-city. Market@theSheds is a fully inclusive market catering to a wide variety of interest groups and embodies Pretoria’s distinct urban flavour.

Read more: http://www.ilovepretoria.co.za/2014/10/marketthesheds-pretorias-first-inner.html

It Seems The Snor[e] City Is Finally Waking Up

It seems the Snor[e] city is finally waking up – a fledgling BRT System, an inner city rejuvenation project, and now a monthly downtown market in the vein of Neigbourgoods and Market on Main in Jozi.

Situated in a spacious old warehouse in inner city Pretoria, the Market @ the Sheds is not to be confused with The Sheds in Joburg. This Pretoria location is a looming display of old school architecture with high vaulted ceilings and large windows, much like the historic Tramshed close by. There has long been a belief that our old capital city may have amazing architecture and history, but can at times be rather dull; a belief which the folks at Capital Collective (the founders of the market) are hoping to shrug off, one red velvet cupcake at a time.

Read more: http://www.jhblive.com/live/review_view.jsp;jsessionid=E408DC8279A0A70BDB558E977B06BD73?review_id=260363

Eighteen October 2014 And Paul Kruger Is Sparkling Silver.

Eighteen October 2014 and Paul Kruger is sparkling silver. We are walking past Church Square on our way to the trendiest market to ever take place in the CBD and this metallic oom is perfect for Pretoria’s vibrant new energy.

Along Helen Joseph street, fashionable looking people ask passers-by for directions- their expressions asserting that they had somewhere very important to be- only to bump shoulders much later with the lost desiring cute handmade bags at one of the pop up stalls at The Sheds; the first of its kind in Pretoria and already the majority of the city’s familiar faces where inside this old warehouse – a thrilling beginning to be a part of.

Read more: http://showme.co.za/pretoria/interactive/pretorias-market-at-the-sheds/