#FindYourEscape: Silo District opens exciting addition to the V&A Waterfront

2017-06-21 19:00 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town – Arts and culture are one of the main attractions when it comes to the Mother City and affirming this appeal is the V&A Waterfront’s newly-opened, Silo District.

Developed around the historic grain silo-turned – Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Silo District is set to become the city’s newest art, culture and design district.

Inviting the public to a sneak peak on Wednesday, 14 June, the district opened its doors with an introduction of new retail stores such as; The Guild Group, Kirsten Goss, Kat van Duinen, Opus and Glasshouse Rejuvenation, a high-end beauty salon.

And according to the District, there will be more store joining later in the year.

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CEO of the V&A Waterfront, David Green says the V&A Waterfront has taken a three-pronged approach to development at the Silo District, focusing on providing a mixed-use space in which people can live, work and play.

“Our residential and commercial office offerings have been well known for a while, but our lifestyle and leisure plans for the district are also reaching fruition,” says Green.

Added to this, Green says with Zeitz MOCAA at its core, the Silo District’s retail offering will reflect the creativity, design, art and culture embodied by the museum. 

“Last week’s opening was a small teaser focused on our retailers, and a preview of what to expect from our Grand opening in September, when Zeitz MOCAA opens to the public and final few retailers open,” says Green.

With the new concept Radisson Red Hotel opening in the Silo District in September, the District is already a home to eateries such as Woolworths’ NOW NOW, Sushi Box, the Granary Café and the Willaston Bar located within the prestigious Silo Hotel, as well as a Virgin Active Classic Club. 

After the completion, approximately 2 500 people will work in the Silo district on a daily basis.  In a 2012 economic impact study that is currently being updated, the expected nominal contribution to GDP from future developments is an estimated, R28 billion by 2023.

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Did you know the Silo has a boutique chocolate studio?

A brand-spanking new LINDT Chocolate Boutique & Studio Concept Store has opened its doors at the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District, offering LINDT bunny-making classes to young and old.  Traveller24 also attended the opening - read more about it here

UPCOMING: Zeitz MOCAA Spring Grand Opening:

This is the info you need if you want to be one of the firsts to experience it: 

The grand opening weekend will be from 22 to 25 September 2017, and will be free for all. 

Operating hours beginning on 27 September 2017:
Wednesday to Monday 10:00 to 18:00; closed Tuesdays

“Late Night Fridays” to be announced (open until 10:00)

Access for All days and hours:  Free admission to all under 18s

Free admission from 10:00 until 13:00 every Wednesday, for all South Africans and people from the African continent

Half price admission for all on ‘Late Night Fridays’

Admission and membership rates will be announced later this year.

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How did the Zeitz MOCAA come about? 

The establishment of the museum came about as a confluence of various factors. 

The V&A Waterfront recognised the significance of its Grain Silo complex as a historic landmark and for years debated possible uses. An art museum was eventually decided upon but a collection was needed.

The desire was to house something of public civic significance, and something open to the public. 

It was through Ravi Naidoo that Thomas Heatherwick was introduced to the Grain Silo complex in 2006, and again in 2011.

At the same time, Jochen Zeitz was working with curator Mark Coetzee to build a world-class collection of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora with the vision to create the first major museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora on the Africa Continent.

The meeting of these two visions resulted in the creation of the not-for-profit institution since named Zeitz MOCAA. 

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