The Cape Town Arts Festival (CTAF) Development Projects include the following programmes:

      a) Artists for Artists Programme – Digital Technology Project
      b) Beyond Busking Development Programme
      c) Events and Marketing Management Programme 

In 2023 the CTAF, inspired by the success of the Beyond Busking Project, developed the JOB READINESS TOOLKIT, a multifaceted learning, upskilling, and employment project for artists and arts-related non-artists through 3 specific Job Readiness Toolkit Programs.

Successful applicants are employed during training and become arts entrepreneurs, administrators, social media specialists, and events and marketing managers.

The CTAF Job Readiness Toolkit projects are centered on upskilling community artists, aligning training to the digital world, creating jobs, and sustainable promotion of artists.


Bridging the Digital Divide for Artists

In an era where digital presence is crucial, the Artists for Artists Programme aims to equip creatives with essential digital skills. Our comprehensive curriculum covers:

  • Website Design and Development: Learn to create and maintain your own website.
  • Content Creation with SEO: Master the art of writing engaging content optimized for search engines.
  • Coding Fundamentals: Gain basic coding skills to enhance your digital projects.
  • Social Media Management: Develop strategies to manage and grow your social media presence.
  • Marketing Mastery: Dive into digital marketing, content marketing, marketing strategy, brand management, and public relations.


The Impact of Digital Proficiency

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of a strong online presence for artists. Those already familiar with digital marketing and media were better equipped to navigate the challenges. Today, digital skills are not just beneficial—they are essential for success in the art world. The internet has democratized art, serving as a populist force that levels the playing field between different socioeconomic and educational backgrounds.

The Evolution of Art in the Digital Age

Digital media has transformed the art landscape from passive to participatory, hierarchical to democratic, and traditional to interdisciplinary. This shift has created new opportunities for artists to engage with their audiences and expand their reach.

Navigating the Challenges of Digital Technology

While technology offers tremendous opportunities, it also presents challenges, mirroring the inequities in the broader arts sector. Our programme addresses these challenges, helping artists navigate the complexities of the digital world.


Launched by the Cape Town Arts Foundation (CTAF) in June 2022, the Beyond Busking Development Project is dedicated to transforming the careers of street performers. This initiative provides comprehensive training to enhance the artistic and professional capabilities of buskers, enabling them to transition from street performances to prominent stages.

Programme Highlights

The participants receive:

  • Vocal Training: Intensive vocal training lessons with a UCT Vocal Trainer.
  • Stage Presence Training: Techniques to captivate and engage audiences.
  • Professional Songwriting Course: A three-month professional songwriting course from the Cape Town School of Songwriting.
  • Customized Instrument Training: Specialized training for various instruments, focusing on guitar.
  • Song Production and Recording: Opportunities to produce and record original songs in professional studios.
  • Digital Distribution: Assistance with registering and uploading songs to platforms like RISA, SAMRO, DistroKid, and Shopify.


Success Stories

The 2022 Beyond Busking Project proved to be a resounding success. Graduates saw a significant increase in their earnings, tripling their income through CD sales at gigs. Media exposure and performance opportunities led to remarkable achievements:

  • Zanie Mdloyi: Secured a six-month international gig in Spain.
  • Thando Feni: Picked by Abbey Road Studios in London, launching his international career.


In 2023, the program continued its success, with participants achieving notable milestones:

  • One busker secured an overseas performance contract.
  • Another was offered a musical production at Artscape.
  • Others featured on television shows such as the Expresso Show, Cape Town TV, and ETV – Feel SA.


International Partnerships and Opportunities

CTAF has established international partnerships to ensure ongoing employment opportunities for artists post-program. These collaborations open doors for buskers to perform on global stages, furthering their professional careers and expanding their artistic reach.

The Beyond Busking Development Project is more than just training—it’s a launchpad for talented street performers to elevate their craft and achieve international success. Join us in transforming the future of busking, one artist at a time.


A Vision for Growth and Sustainability

The Events and Marketing Management Training Programme was launched in 2022/23 as an essential educational and skills training initiative aimed at uplifting the Langa and Khayelitsha Arts Communities. This innovative project is a collaboration between the Cape Town Arts Foundation (CTAF), the Craft Design Institute (CDI), and the SEF Connectors Project.

Impact in Langa and Khayelitsha

Running from October 2022 to June 2023, the programme successfully trained 102 unemployed artists, providing them with the skills needed to thrive in events and marketing management. These newly skilled individuals played a pivotal role in co-creating the Langa and Khayelitsha Community Festivals held in June 2023, showcasing their talents and newfound expertise.

Expansion to Philippi

Building on the success in Langa and Khayelitsha, the programme extended its reach to the Philippi Arts Centre from October 2023 to February 2024. This phase of the project saw 25 youth, including 20 women, receive comprehensive training. The culmination of their hard work and learning was celebrated with the Philippi Community Arts Festival on March 21, 2024.

Key Achievements

The Events and Marketing Management Training Programme has demonstrated significant impact:

  • Skill Development: Empowered 127 local artists with valuable skills in events and marketing management.
  • Entrepreneurial Growth: Fostered entrepreneurial mindsets, enabling artists to explore sustainable career paths.
  • Community Engagement: Facilitated the creation of community festivals, providing platforms for artistic expression and community engagement.
  • Employment Opportunities: Prepared participants for employment as professional event organizers, opening doors to new career possibilities.


Looking Forward

The success of the Events and Marketing Management Training Programme underscores the importance of targeted educational initiatives in transforming lives and communities. By equipping local artists with practical skills and opportunities, we are paving the way for a vibrant, sustainable future for the arts in Cape Town.

We will continue to support and uplift our local arts communities, fostering creativity, entrepreneurship, and community spirit.


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