Our Community Engagement Team rock some daisies

TEDxCapeTown tent at Rocking The Daisies

Every year, Cloof Wine Estate in Darling welcomes thousands of people flocking to Rocking the Daisies, South Africa’s biggest outdoor music festival, welcoming over 25,000 people.

Many festival-goers don’t know that Rocking the Daisies is actually an environmentally sustainable event with the motto ‘play hard, tread lightly’.

There is a grey water system that is used on the farm and all of the water used for showering is collected and used for irrigation on the Wine Estate.

2017 marked the third year that the TEDxCapeTown Community Engagement team ran an independent activation at the festival. Our activations are geared to encourage interaction and dialogue around the 'ideas worth spreading' from our speakers that have been on the TEDxCapeTown stage. We were conveniently located in the Green Village run by the wonderful team at Greenpop, and this year’s theme was Ubuntu

Misha Teasdale, Greenpop's Tree-e-o opened the tent
Misha Teasdale, Greenpop's Tree-E-O


The lineup kicked off on Saturday with a welcoming talk from Greenpop’s co-founder and Tree-E-O, Misha Teasdale, and the rest of the weekend was filled with entertaining and interesting live talks by past TEDxCapeTown speakers and screenings of TED/TEDx talks.

Sizwe Mxobos live talk was titled ‘Informalising Urban Development’ and centred around reblocking of informal settlements and the challenges involved.

During Mxobo’s talk the audience was decidedly engaged, asking him questions, and together they explored and interrogated audience suggestions and remarks.

Valerie Amani

Valerie Amani, a past TEDxTableMountain speaker, spoke about fashion and loving yourself. She also spoke about using sustainable practices in the designing of fashion.

A familiar face at TEDxCape Town community engagement events, Nicola Jackman, captivated the audience with her MAfrika performance. MAfrika is one of Jackman’s characters that comes from a faraway land and is experiencing our environment for the first time. She is trying to make sense of what is going on around her and understand why there is so much sadness.

Huge thanks to Reliance Compost, who came on board and helped out, by providing the audience with compost bags to sit on. Everyone agreed that this out of the ordinary seating arrangement was very comfortable.

To Greenpop for hosting us in the Green Village, and the engaging audience for making it all worth the effort. We will see you next year at #RTD2018, to inspire more #IdeasWorthSpreading.