I’ve been digging Cool Capital 2014 for a while. For those of you who don’t know Cool Capital 2014 is a set of drives to revamp Pretoria and most importantly get people back into the city. Consider it our own version of what happened in Braamfontein and the Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg. I will go as far as to say that I think it will top what happened in those areas. So there have been a few events hosted in Pretoria’s CBD this year and I’m ashamed to admit that the Capital Urban Market was the second one that I have attended. The first was Hello Ambassador. For some weird reason I’ve always been busy but I do know that I should make more time to go to these events and in future I will, after discovering how amazing this event was.

I was greeted by a pleasantly lit, run-down warehouse. It’s known as Mzansi Fela Theatre on Church/Helen Joseph Street. There were food stalls, trinkets on sale and carefully arranged pillows and blankets on the floor for a second event that ran directly after the Capital Urban Market, Cinema about the city screened in a city. There was just such a great atmosphere.

My evening was made when I had a Peach Mojito from the bar and lemon sorbet from Whisk Away and it wasn’t ruined when I discovered mustard in my boerewors roll (I despise mustard with a passion that gets my heart beating faster). Jacques and I got to see local bands playing and Jacques occasionally sang along to Tamara Tree and Hey! River while they were on the acoustic stage.

Overall, it was a lovely evening and look out for the next Capital Urban Market because I’ll be there. Pretoria’s doing great things and you should get involved.

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