As the popular Bob Dylan song goes; The times they are a-changin'...
As the year draws to a close, it seems we all feel compelled at this time to feel some nostalgia and think back on the ups and downs of the year.
I usually prefer looking forward and thinking about what the future holds. But it would be a missed chance not to think of all that 2014 has brought.
Even in our small little town of East London there have been some small, yet significant changes that have taken place.
For example, I recently heard the news of Numbers closing its doors - Numbers has been a popular night club that has been serving the city for decades. Growing up as a kid it was often where the "Cool kids" would go and hang out. Even to its very end, it was still able to attract some of the most popular local Dj's and artists in South Africa.
Sadly, it will be an end of an era.
Another era that draws to a close in 2014 is that of VideoLand. The 'For Sale' sign outside its doors sealed its fate. A once popular video store that you could get nearly any DVD you were looking for, even the very niche movies and series has ended up closing its doors in 2014. VideoLand shutting down is really a sign of the times with Internet downloads and alternative forms of entertainment a common place.
To add to this interesting conundrum of a lack of good quality entertainment in our city, Ster-Kinekor cinema was also shut down at Vincent park shopping center. Leaving Hemingways as the only place to catch the latest movies on the big screen.
This really got me thinking:
What is there for people to do in this town?
What can young people do for fun?
With these questions in mind, 5 months ago my team and I began working on a project to help bring some fun and excitement back into our little city.
Our planning and preparations have paid off!
And 2015 looks set to start with a bang! And I would really like to share those moments of fun and excitement with you.
So in just a few hours I will be happy to make the announcement about this project on my next blog post.
We've kept this a fairly guarded secret project but now it's time to let the cat out the bag:)