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Park Play Sessions | Cape Town & Johannesburg

September 23 @ 13:00 - 17:30

- Free

Park Play Sessions are a monthly gathering of the Balance/ Flow/ Cirque/ Movement communities. It is hosted in both Cape Town and Johannesburg on the 2nd last Sunday of each month. Join the Facebook community group to be informed of the recurring event.

  • Cape Town is held at Keurboom Park, Claremont.
    • Where to find us: Squirrels Way is a one way. We are down by the canal at the entry side of Squirrels Way.
  • Johannesburg is held at Delta Park, Linden.
    • Where to find us: A cluster of trees near the intersection of Craighall Rd and Road No.3

We play, share, teach, laugh but generally have fun! We welcome anyone and everyone onto the playground.

It’s free and non-monetised!

Bring your blankies
Bring your toys
Bring your playful carnie spirit
Bring your yourself, friends and family
Bring your 4 legged companion (well socialised ones)

NB!!!

The DO’S and DON’TS of Park Play Sessions:

• The law in South Africa states that it is NOT legal to drink in public. Please respect the space we have created as it does not encourage lazy alcohol driven Sundays. It’s a space of physical activity where co-ordination is essential. Alcohol does not enhance co-ordination but rather decreases it.
• To be respectful to the residents absolutely NO loud drums are allowed! It disturbs them. Quiet, light acoustic instruments are welcome 🙂
• All activities undertaken are at the risk of the person doing so.
• It is the responsibility of all attendees of PPS to ensure safe practice with the use and rigging of all equipment.
• Ask permission to use the ‘owners’ equipment.
• Ask for a lesson / guidance in the use of equipment / activity.
• Ensure all trees are protected with tree protection for slacklines.
• Consideration of blooming plant life like flowers (specifically unicycles).
• All children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. It is the responsibility of the parents / guardians to monitor your children’s behaviour and ensure that they are doing activities within their limits. If the activity is outside of their skill set then it is the responsibility of the parents / guardians to ensure a lesson is given in the equipment they would like to explore.
• This gathering is purely to bring like-minded people together to share skills. By no means is this gathering monetised.
• By no means will the collective that hold space be held liable for anything that happens at any of the Park Play Sessions.
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NB note for the AERIAL folk:

Cape Town (as per our experienced PPS CT bird – Toni Thord-Gray):

• If you are planning on rigging your Lyra ensure that you get to the park early to rig with the relevant safety equipment.
• If you have little to no experience with rigging please post in the event page before the date asking if there are any experienced riggers able to help you. Let them know what straps and rigging equip you are able to bring.
• No children should be left unattended on aerial equipment.
Trapeze and aerial hoops should be rigged out of reach of young children, silks must be tied up when not in use.
• If you can’t do a pull up don’t attempt anything beyond the basics – ask for guidance!!
• Do not attempt to teach any tricks beyond basics to individuals who cannot hold their own body weight (if you would like to hold an official aerial class please contact the admin of Park Play Sessions).
• ALWAYS have a spotter when attempting dangerous tricks.
• Please respect the aerial equipment: bring your own resin, wear appropriate clothing for aerial (tights and tuck-in shirts) and avoid wearing jewellery or any clothes with metal pieces.

Johannesburg (as per our experienced PPS JHB bird – Michelle Hutchinson):

At most JHB Park Play Sessions, Sky Dance Studio will bring their aerial rig to provide safe rigging up to 6 metres high. This is set up on a rope pulley system so the apparatus can be switched out. Please watch the event to confirm that they will be there.

Also comment on the event if you are planning to bring your lyra or other apparatus so Michelle is aware that you are coming, otherwise ask for her when you get to the event and introduce yourself. She can assist you in putting up your apparatus for some of the session.

Aerial Guidelines:

• If you’ve never tried aerial before, please ask for a lesson
• Ask permission before using someone’s apparatus
• No children should be left unattended on aerial equipment
• Always have a spotter when attempting tricks that you are not 100% solid in
• We do not recommend trying new tricks at the park, rather learn these in a class with a teacher
• Please respect the aerial equipment, no jewelry or clothing with zips that can damage the silks
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• A permit has been allocated for the Cape Town Sessions. The permit holder is Donna Kisogloo of OddWheel Unicycles. Cape Town chose to apply for a permit because the amount of people attending PPS has exceeded the legal number for an informal gathering. This permit is purely to ensure that the city is aware of the gathering, the activities undertaken and the number of people attending. We are not required to pay for the permit as PPS is non-monetised. Please be mindful and respectful of this.
Donna Kisogloo will not be held liable for anything that happens at PPS Cape Town or Johannesburg.

A big carnie THANK YOU!