Yet despite the incredible local talent pool, Africa does not have a single international event that expresses and showcases the rich history, creativity, skills, diversity and style of our public artists. With our fresh voices, stories, approaches and backgrounds, Africa is fast emerging as the new art vanguard.
"Africa is rapidly growing into one of the biggest cultural powerhouses for the arts. A melting pot with diverse influences, from both abroad and at its very roots. It is the new vanguard".Cale Waddacor (Graffiti South Africa)View Program
The Cape Town suburb of Salt River is situated between Observatory and Woodstock. It is a predominantly industrial suburb with a host of clothing and textile factories, the Lion Match factory and the Snowflake flour towers looming over the landscape.
Because of its convenient location, proximity to the CBD and heritage architecture, this area, previously a lower-middle class suburb, is now also attracting young professionals, workers and students of all backgrounds.
Recently upgraded old buildings such as the Junction Hotel, the Locomotive Hotel and the Bridge Mansions still display the historical roots of the suburb.
But there is a lot of ground to catch up after local factories were badly hit by deindustrialisation in late 80's, which led to a downturn in local fortunes, tenancy and morale. By bringing internationally recognized Art to the streets of Salt River IPAF will rejuvenate houses, buildings, schools and businesses - bringing renewed pride, morale, hope and income to the residents.
We believe that the IPAF will perfectly unite and inspire this cosmopolitan mixture of residents and new businesses opportunities. After the recent revamps of the Pals Building, part of the Salt River Village, and other initiatives, we feel that the time has come for Salt River to enter a brighter new era.
Baz Art channels its energies and achieves its objectives through Art Creation, Education, Incorporation and Development. The Baz Art business model is to encourage novel partnerships between artists and residents, as well as neighbourhoods, businesses, and organizations in the community. Baz Art strives for inclusivity, involvement and community respect.
Moreover, Baz Art is in it for the long haul, with relevant and sustainable long-term development objectives. The Baz Art modus operandi is to first identify a development opportunity with a number of diverse but inter-related outcomes, and then employ their skills, insights, network and experience to uplift, engage and empower others.