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What we do

Culture Connect SA is the only South African art and design tour specialist in Southern Africa that offers both public and private tours. We select the best galleries, landmarks, collections, studios, and township tours, expertly tailored to your taste.

We not only take you on tours, but also talk about the context and social history that manifests in South African art, design and culture. Part of this is through exclusive access to places, typically closed to the public. Typically it is by opportunities to meet curators, creatives and experts from different walks of life. This is often supplemented by information sent in advance, or afterwards.

Our tours are for the culturally curious, either individuals or special interest groups (eg universities, museums and assocations).

Press coverage includes BA’s High Life, CCID’s City Views, Getaway, Independent Newspapers (The Star)  and the UK’s Saturday Telegraph. Radio interviews on SAfm, Fine Music Radio and Bush Radio.

Tours by Culture Connect have featured in Cape Town’s Art Week, Open Design Afrika and Stellenbosch Trienniale.

About Kate

Inspired by South Africa’s vast beauty, creativity, and cultural diversity, Kate Crane Briggs started Culture Connect SA in 2012.

Kate was selected to be a pioneer Airbnb experience host and a Context Travel art specialist guide when both companies launched in Cape Town, their first African city.

Passionate about art from an early age, Kate studied Art History in the UK first at school (Sherborne) and then the University of East Anglia (BA Hons). For 20 years Kate worked in the London art world. Prior to consulting to St Martins, Southbank Centre and Barbican, she was the Executive Director of the Royal Drawing School, Whitechapel Gallery’s Head of Development, National Portrait Gallery’s Fundraising Manager and the Natural History Museum’s Corporate Development Manager. Kate relocated to Cape Town in 2010 with her South African husband Guy Briggs (dhk Architects partner) and their two children Anna and Oli.

We are based in Rosebank in Cape Town but also advise on specialists who can lead experiences in Johannesburg, Durban and Pretoria.

Interns and volunteers welcome

Culture Connect SA has part-time interns who help with research, logistics and marketing; in particular, social media. Volunteers come to events in order to build their network and experience. Please get in touch if you are interested.

Fundraising and philanthropic support

Building on her experience of working in museums, galleries and in education, Kate advises cultural organisations on fundraising. She was a member of the steering committee of Women in Philanthropy South Africa (WiPSA) and an associate of Global Philanthropic.

Culture Connect has supported art outreach at the Butterfly Art Project, ZipZap Circus School and SAEP who all work in areas of high poverty locally.

Sponsoring Culture Connect

Tailored to the sponsor, Culture Connect SA gives tangible benefits – exposure to hard to reach markets, staff perks, product placement, social media content and social investment. We would be delighted to discuss opportunities with you.

Many thanks to our supporters, past and present, in particular: De Meye Wine Estate.