Regent Road festival postponed

The Regent Road street festival, which was planned for this Sunday, May 28, has been postponed as inclement weather is expected. It will only take place on Youth Day, Friday June 16.

The Regent Road Precinct Association, according to Roy Harman, is ready for the event, which will take place along 750 metres of the busy road but due to the weather forecast for this weekend the event has been postponed.

He says that traffic management received a few complaints about traffic being diverted but that there is plenty of parking and entertainment planned for this event.

“The road will be closed on Regent Road from Solomons to Church roads and free parking is provided at the Point Mall underground parking on the day. There are also several parking bays and spaces in Beach Road which is within walking distance,” he said.

“Content wise, we are also adding carnival rides in Tramway Road, and on the corner of Regent Road. People will have to buy tickets to partake in rides, at minimal fees, but event entry is free.”

Mr Harman believes that the event adds to the attraction of Cape Town being a world-class tourist destination.

Ward 54 councillor Nicola Jowell says the City is proud to be associated with the Regent Road festival.

“This is a very exciting event for all of Sea Point and now a twice a year annual highlight on the calendar. It’s been a pleasure to support the team putting this together, being led by Roy and Lesego. It’s a complicated logistical exercise with multiple road closures onto Regent Road,” Ms Jowell said.

She goes on to say that this event is about more than just entertainment and that economic growth is a component in hosting the event. “While the event is about fun and enjoyment for those attending, it is rooted in the placemaking of Sea Point to facilitate economic growth, job creation across the value chain and not just at the end point which is the selling of goods and services in Regent Road.

“The Regent Precinct Association has wonderful ideas and energy to continue to build on this start and I urge all of the businesses to unite behind the committee to increase the benefit to the area and the city,” she said.

• Placemaking is defined as a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces.

The Regent Road precint street party will happen in June.