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How best to promote art – in all its different forms — and diversity, open-mindedness and social cohesion? The Cape Cultural Collective has found there’s no one-size-fits-all formula, but exposing people to things they’ve never seen before is a great start. At their last event in May, the delighted audience at the Slave Church Museum on Long Street had hurt their hands applauding performance poets and an array of musicians — from South African Music Award winner Lionel Bastos on acoustic guitar to the Khoi Khonnexion, a trio that employed traditional Khoi mouth bows to great effect. They’d smacked their skin for the BuyaAfrika drummers from Langa, all fire and echoes. So when the belly dancing started, they were totally won over. Mish Hendricks shimmered in below the pulpit, adorned with a parchment declaring "So Sê die Here". Holding flaming hand candles in each palm, tummy twitching and winking, she easily took control of the space. And when she distributed sequin-adorned sashes, ...

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