creative city south is a project founded by Zayd Minty

 Zayd Minty, Cultural Development Manager, Curator and Researcher.  Photo by Guido Schwarz 

 Zayd Minty, Cultural Development Manager, Curator and Researcher.  Photo by Guido Schwarz 

I am a professional cultural Development manager, curator and researcher; with a passion for culture, cities and sustainability in the Global South.

Since 1993 I have worked in various senior professional roles, all aimed at developing a more transformative cultural ecosystem in Cape Town, South Africa.   These included directing: the Arts and Culture department in the Cape Town municipality,  Creative Cape Town,  the East City Design Initiative (The Fringe), the Cape Town Festival 2000 and 2002, the Black Arts Collective (BLAC) , and a number of other independent art projects and advocacy initiatives.  I've also worked in two post-apartheid museums in public programming: The Robben Island Museum and the District Six Museum.  A selection of  projects i played a key role in are pictured below.

My curatorial work is at the intersection of new museology, and public art practice: with identity, diversity and social justice as central themes. 

My research areas in culture center on: cities and place making, heritage, identity, diversity, cultural leadership, cultural spaces, design and public art.  i have published my writings in a variety of publications. I have spoken  at conferences and seminars, and participated as a trainer in programs.    

To see more about the above, check out my linkedin profile.

the blog as a personal response

  • The blog emerges out of a set of personal interests which have developed over years, and is the result of a path that has led me to work in an area where i had the most passion :  the animation of cities through an engagement with culture and the arts.   
  • I inherited from my father, a love for travel, street food, architecture and photography.  By the time I was 8, my father had travelled with his young family through a variety of cities around the globe. These experiences, really fragments of memory, often remembered smells, sounds, tastes, textures, shadows of people, and lasting images of places through slide show presentations made to friends and family, are all the traces of a long term impact.  The germ of my interest in societies, culture and history was planted there.  I was seduced by the beauty of culture and its diversity.
  • An interest in cultural identity, the arts and human rights emerged from experiences growing up during the days of Apartheid.  I understood, through these experience, that art was an important space for reflection, for resistance, for celebration and for the building of community: a reflection of culture.   These were to become inspirations for me as I began a career as a professional in the field of culture, working as a cultural development manager, later curating projects, and as a researcher and commentator.  
  • After a 25 year period honing my skills and knowledge in Cape Town, I am now interested in seeing how I could respond to experiences elsewhere, to document good practices, spread learning and create opportunity for collaborations.