After a week way to busy with SPRING FEVER of maintenance here at Liz at Lancaster (watch this space), I woke up a bit late to the amazing events surrounding SA’s first architecture mega-event AZA 2010 which runs in Johannesburg from September 21 to 28. Intending to bring architecture back to the public domain there is both a multi-disciplinary conference for delegates only, as well as various photography and architecture exhibitions, drama performances and live music, poetry readings, and films, which are open to the public. See programme of public events http://www.aza2010.org/documents/festival_program.pdf
But best news of all there are some exciting walking tours:
- Fietas: Fietas is made up of two small suburbs – Pageview and Vrededorp – and used to be a multiracial area until the late 1970s when most of the residents were relocated to far away suburbs in the apartheid scheme of separating the races under the Group Areas Act. The two-and-a-half hour trail is led by former residents and includes the nearby Braamfontein cemetery. (Saturday September 25 and Sunday September 26. Bookings on 082 447 8080. R80 per person)
- City Centre Walking Tour by Atelier Altshuler: More than 50 sites are highlighted in a city that is vibrant with activity. The selection of items includes a mixture of old and new structures that provide clues to the development of Johannesburg from a late Victorian and early Edwardian town, to a neoclassical and early modern city, to a modern and art deco metropolis, to a late modern and post modern megalopolis, to a current old and current new metropole. The tour lasts three-and-a-half hours and starts at Museum Africa in Newtown. (The walk is conducted from 14h00 to 17h30 on Saturday, September 25 and from 9h30 to 13h00 and 14h00 to 17h30 on Sunday September 26. Cost is R100 with a reduced price of R80 for students. For the walk the South African Council for the Architectural Profession Category 1 CPD Credit Value is 0.4 credit. Bookings on 011 442-7584)
- Constitution Hill tour: See the art and architecture of the area with tour guides Jane Lane, curator of the art collection of the Court and Paul Wygers, architect from Omm Design Workshop, architects of the Court. (The tour starts in front of the Court building on Saturday September 25 at 15h00 and on Sunday, September 26. They take 90 minutes. Cost is R150 which includes drinks and refreshments at the bookstore afterwards. Booking with Melissa Kruger on 074 5666 704. Constitution Hill is situated on the corner of Hospital and Sam Hancock Streets in Braamfontein. Parking is available in the basement and on the site with access from Hospital and Joubert Streets.)
- Marianne Fassler Maboneng and Mai Mai walking tour – Designer Marianne Fassler leads this informative tour. The Maboneng Precinct is located in the eastern quarter of Johannesburg’s historic Central Business District. Maboneng (Place of Lights) refers to the city’s humble beginnings as a mining camp. It includes Jewel City, across the road from Arts on Main, which is the headquarters of South Africa’s diamond industry. The nearby Mai Mai Bazaar is the oldest traditional African market in Johannesburg and has operated since 1920. (Meet at Canteen at Arts on Main at 11am on Saturday, September 25. R70 per person (cash on the day). Book with Faeeza Khan on 082 648 9781.