Norbet the Octopus

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”.

Nourishment, growth, development: these are the values of Seasons too.
So, we proudly introduce: “Norbet, the Octopus”- a visionary artwork that embraces these principles and adorns the entrance of the Seasons Mayfair restaurant. Created in Cape Town, South Africa, by a team of street artists, led by Norbet Mukungwa, working with Ralph Bouwers, Founder of the local not -for- profit Guardians of the National Treasure, with the support of For Starters, “Norbet” is a symbol of hope.

Lavender Hill, a disadvantaged community of Cape Town, is still scarred by the wounds of apartheid – young people feel abandoned and hopeless; they see their community devastated by local gang vio-lence, by drug dealing, by the per capita homicide rate higher than that found in some war zones. De-spite the dire conditions, there are remarkable individuals who are using creativity and hard work to uplift and build their community. In their daily work we recognize some of our goals – creating social sustainability; the mutual embrace of the community; and the collective spirit of improvement.

We are delighted to collaborate with For Starters, to further the growth and development of this de-prived community. We share their vision – to create opportunities through food.

By offering training programs; by cooking nutritious food, mostly using food that would otherwise go to waste; by em-powering individuals and a community through the transformative power of food, we express our joint commitment to creating positive social change. By offering new opportunities and new sources of em-ployment and income, we are more than just catering – we are hoping to create a better future for all of our children.

As art becomes a way to make difficult lives easier and more sustainable, it becomes a form of eman-cipation and a test of resilience. We are therefore honoured to host this meaningful initiative in our restaurants and whilst the octopus is our Mayfair icon, different creations will brand our other west London Bistros, located in Fitzrovia, Kensington, Notting Hill, Bayswater and Chelsea.

To find out more about how to support our charitable endeavours, or to visit our restaurants and enjoy our wonderful artworks in person, please contact lauren@forstarters.global.