Call for creative submissions to join the Durbanville Library building’s 50th birthday celebration

21 Jul 2023 in Where We Govern

It’s a year of celebration for the City of Cape Town’s Durbanville Library. Earlier this year, the service celebrated its centenary, and in August, the current building will be 50 years old. An open window event will give residents and other creatives the opportunity to be part of the festivities. Read more below:

The theme for the open window is ‘Beyond the Pages: Unveiling the Tapestry of Knowledge’.

‘Durbanville has a rich history which includes a multitude of artistic and innovative residents. Creatives are invited to contribute by writing and reading poems, perform music and display their art work in different sections of the library.

‘The theme explores Durbanville Library’s influence in the community through the expressions of poetry, art and music. Delve into the tapestry of knowledge and let your creative spirit shine a spotlight on the transformative power of libraries,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross.

The open window event will officially kick off on Thursday 31 August with a programme that includes poetry readings, art display and music.  The artwork on display can then be viewed for a week. 

The art will accommodate different age groups and one of the displays will be nursery school art in the children’s section, a music recital in the foyer, art display in the hall, and poetry readings inside the library.

During the week there will also be different work stations where people can try their hand at black out poetry, sketching, and other art forms.                                                                                          

Whether you’re a poet, artist, or musician, this theme allows you to express the ways in which libraries go beyond the confines of books and traditional knowledge.


Consider the following interpretations for each art form:

  1. Poetry: pen verses that capture the essence of libraries as gateways to imagination, inspiration, and learning. Reflect on how libraries have the power to transport readers to different worlds, empower voices, and encourage exploration of new ideas.
  2. Art: Create visual representations that showcase the diverse aspects of libraries. you can focus on the physical space, the vibrant community it nurtures, or even depict how libraries have evolved in the digital age. Emphasize the beauty of books, the joy of discovery, or the connections formed within library walls.
  3. Music: compose melodies or lyrics that resonate with the soul-stirring experiences found within libraries. Capture the ambience of a library, the emotions it evokes, and the solace it offers. Express how libraries inspire creativity, intellectual growth, and a sense of belonging.

The event is open to everyone, even if you’re a past resident of Durbanville or a non-resident who wants to explore the boundless magic of libraries through these various art forms.

Entry is free, but submissions must be in by 17 August 2023.

For more information please contact René Schoombee, principal librarian at Durbanville, by sending an email to or call 021 444 7069.


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