INTRODUCING IPAF 2019

Cape Town International Public Art Festival

We strongly believe that educating present and future generations, promoting dialogue and collaboration and empowering individuals and communities through public art can help promote positive change and attitudes.

We are pleased to announce that the theme for the IPAF 2019 is:

"GENERATION NEXT: EDUCATE, COLLABORATE, EMPOWER."

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GENERATION NEXT: EDUCATE, COLLABORATE, EMPOWER.

Building on the evironmental theme of last year’s festival, ‘Nature Doesn’t Need Us. We Need Nature’, the 2019 theme represents a renewed focus on the future and the responsibility of present and successive generations to create a better world for all.

#IPAF EDUCATES

It is often said that ‘Knowledge is Power.’ In today’s fast paced world, the power of visual media has never been more important in grabbing the attention of people and often times provides a critical point of access to information and reflection.

#IPAF COLLABORATES

Solutions to some of the world’s biggest crises lies in proactive engagemet and collaboration among individuals, communities and yes, countries. Our festival by its very nature is underpinned by the spirit of collaboration and creative dialogue.

#IPAF EMPOWERS

Small Changes lead to big results! As our festival raises awareness and engenders collaboration, we also look to inspire and empower all those around us. One of our primary goals is to help people recognise the power of their individual agency in improving their communities and our shared environment.

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NATURE DOESN'T NEED US

Nature has a way of “getting rid” of those who cannot adapt to its way of being and surely the human race is at stake. It is time to mould our behaviour accordingly.

IPAF believes that a change in the behaviour fundamentally starts in the mind. A small incremental change in the way we think, spurs on an evidential change in our behaviour.

WE NEED NATURE

When it comes to the issues pertaining to Global warming and its effects, caused primarily by the over consumerous nature of us humans, we are all quite aware. This time, it hits home with the current water crisis in Cape Town.

Cape Town and the rest of the world are in dire situations when it comes to the effects of Global warming and failing to care for the planet and its resources. It can be observed through droughts, ever fluctuating weather conditions, food insecurity and so much more.

The threat of the over consumption pertaining to water, and other natural resources are real, and there is no escaping its effects.

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EXCITING GRAFFITI, STREET ART AND CONTEMPORARY URBAN ART FESTIVALS ARE BLOSSOMING ALL AROUND THE WORLD - FROM INDIA TO TAHITI, AND FROM PARIS TO SAO PAULO.

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)

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The Program

9-17 FEBRUARY

SALT RIVER - CAPE TOWN

9 days of Live Art and Entertainment

EVERYDAY

Live Painting10:00 - 18:00

Guided Street Art Tours16:30

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The Artists

9-17 FEBRUARY 2019

Lining up local and international artists from all around the globe.

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Already on the map

The inaugural International Public Art Festival (IPAF) took place in and around
Salt River, Cape Town 2017

The festival’s aim was to beautify the district, showcase local and international talent and take art out of the usual galleries: right to the streets of Cape Town.

Book a street art tour of Salt River

A unique cultural experience in cape Town based on the buzzing and growing
popularity of street art.

Tours can be booked up to 48 hours in advance and for minimum 2 people

2h Tour at R650 per person (kids under 12 free)

What to expect?

You can not only expect visual delight but also to be taken on a journey of interpretation and deep meaning behind each piece as well as an immersion into the unique cultural history of the Salt River, Woodtsock and the Cape Malay community.

Upon confirmation of your booking, our street art guide will pick you up from Me'Kasi Coffeeshop on main road Salt River.

This street art tour of two hours will be run by a trained local tour guide who is knowledgeable on the art displayed as well as the history of the Salt River area.

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R650 per pax (min. 2 pax)
10% discount for groups larger than 10 pax.

Salt River

Art District

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.

CHANGES AFOOT

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.

WORK TO BE DONE

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.

THE TIME IS NOW

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.

The BAZ-ART NGO

engage - empower - uplift

BAZ ART IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT IS DEDICATED TO HARNESSING THE POWER OF ART FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC. (As has been done in cities and towns across the globe - to resounding success)

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.

OUR MISSION & VISION

TO NURTURE COMMUNITY BUILDING, AS WELL AS SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION AND COHESION THROUGH ART:

  • By creating jobs & appropriate sustainable businesses – be they coffee shops, tour guides, art galleries etc.
  • By enhancing the appearance and personality of the neighbourhood – increasing pride and sense of belonging.

INSURE THAT ART EDUCATION IS ACCESSIBLE TO ALL:

  • Art is a fundamental and powerful educational tool - especially in disadvantaged urban areas where youngsters lack access to art material, experiences and mentorship.
  • Art education is critical to unleashing the creative abilities and expressions of youngsters.
  • Providing extra-murals options to compromised youth.

TO PROVIDE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL TALENT:

  • By grooming Cape Town as an international art destination.
  • By supporting emerging artists locally and internationally.
  • By fostering the global cultural exchange of Artists.

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