International Public Art Festival | IPAF | CAPE TOWN 23-27 FEB 2022

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INTRODUCING IPAF 2022

IPAF 2022 IPAF 2021 IPAF 2020 IPAF 2019 IPAF 2018 IPAF 2017
International Public Art Festival 2022 - 6th edition - 23 to 27 February - Cape Town

Humanity

BAZ-ART IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE THEME FOR IPAF 2022 IS HUMANITY. THIS WILL SEE LARGE-SCALE PUBLIC-FRIENDLY MURALS ACROSS THE NEW LOCATION OF CAPE TOWN CBD RESPOND TO THIS THEME WHICH WAS CHOSEN TO ENCOURAGE CONNECTION AND POSITIVE DEBATE WHILE PROMOTING THE ARTS AND OUR FUTURE TALENT.

What

Explore the creative side of Cape Town’s CBD during the 6th edition of the International Public Art Festival (IPAF). Join this free to the public festival to see massive sized murals being created live, interact with street artists from around the world, book a street art tour to gain insider knowledge and hear the extraordinary stories behind the artwork, and participate in the evening programme that will titillate the sense and explore the creative nightlife of Cape Town.

Tours run daily at 10h00, 12h00, 14h00 & 16h00

Graffiti Battles on 25th Feb, 19h30 at 46 Canterbury & 26th Feb next to Eastside Cartel, Harrington Street

Street Art Master Class by Case MaClaim 25 Feb 18h00 at 46 Canterbury Street

Open to All

When:

IPAF runs from 23rd - 27 February 2022.

Where:

This year, IPAF explores a new location! This Festival’s murals will be larger than ever before, by adding multi-story massive public artworks to the skyline of the Cape Town CBD. Our Festival Hub is located at The Electric at 48 Cantebury Street, District 6.

Find us at the Festival hub to start your tours, discover more information & join the festivities.

Info about Street Art Tours
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The 2022 National Public Art Conference

The 2022 National Public Art Conference aims to unite South Africa’s creative sector through facilitating in-depth discussions with leaders in the field. The conference hopes to discuss contemporary topics that affect the sector at large and the current challenges and opportunities faced by today’s creatives.

What

The 2022 National Public Art Conference consists of different activities, namely 6 roundtable discussions, a seminar series and a street art masterclass.

WHEN

PAC runs from the 21st till the 25th

21st of Feb

  • 13:00 - 15:00 : Seminar: Marketing for Creatives
    Venue: The Boardroom at Cartel House on 113 Loop street, Cape Town

22nd of Feb

  • 9:00 - 11:30: Round Table: Urbanism and Culture
    Venue: The Boardroom at Cartel House on 113 Loop street, Cape Town
  • 13:00 - 14:00 : Seminar: Financial Management and Fundraising for Creatives
    Venue: The Boardroom at Cartel House on 113 Loop street, Cape Town

23rd of Feb

  • 9:00 - 11:00: State of the Arts: A Reflection on South Africa’s Creative Sector
    Venue: The Boardroom at Cartel House on 113 Loop street, Cape Town
  • 18:00 - 19:00: Seminar 3: Project Management and Reporting for Creatives
    Venue: Selective Hearing, 189 Buitengracht St, Cape Town

24th of Feb

  • 18:00 - 20:00: Roundtable: Art and the Cryptoverse
    Venue: Selective Hearing, 189 Buitengracht St, Cape Town

25th of Feb

  • 9:00 - 11:00: Roundtable: Link Between Art and Youth Development
    Venue: The Boardroom at Cartel House on 113 Loop street, Cape Town
  • 13:00 - 15:00: Roundtable: Capturing Interactive Community Input in Public Art
    Venue: The Boardroom at Cartel House on 113 Loop street, Cape Town
  • 18:00 - 20:00: Masterclass with Case Maclaim
    Venue: Zero21, 46 Canterbury Street
International Public Art Festival 2021 - 5th edition - 10 to 14 February Salt River - Cape Town

100% SUSTAINABLE

This year, IPAF focuses on three points: creativity, sustainability, and safety.

Through the theme 100% Sustainable, IPAF 2021 will examine how we can answer the needs of today without compromising the world our future generations will inherit. Join us in Salt River for an amazing and interactive street art experience, and be immersed by massive public art creations that focus on the principles of Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability.

Walk it, run it, cycle it.

Join us for a safe, open-air, engaging, and intimate covidsafe street art experiences. This year, Family-friendly walking, and cycling and running tours are a safe, exciting way to explore the city in a time when many are seeking new, novel ways to get out and about. Tours vary in length and include new and existing murals that paint a fascinating picture of Cape Town and Africa at large. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the IPAF downloadable map, coming soon. Or book a local tour guide HERE. 100% of the proceeds go to the tour guide.

Just bring your mask, sunscreen, and a hat!

Safety

At the IPAF, masks will be mandatory, and viewings will be limited to one household per installation. Sanitiser stations will be strategically positioned to maximise availability. Brochures and maps will also be appropriately distributed and downloadable so that you can safely walk it, run it or cycle it. All government recommendations will be incorporated to keep South Africans and international guests safe. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Info about Street Art Tours
Read more about BAZ-ART Videos from previous Festivals
International Public Art Festival 2020 - 4th edition - 12 to 16 February Salt River - Cape Town

DIGITALISATION

Through next years’ theme, we will spark a conversation and create awareness around the opportunities as well as responsibilities that come with the digital revolution.

# 4th industrial revolution

We live in very exciting times. Where digitalisation, data and algorithms has transformed our lives. Algorithms are said to be the single most important concept in the world today.

As an art organisation, we need to bring light to this very topic within the art sphere. What can we do to ensure that these transformations will have a positive impact on business and society as a whole?

We believe that artists too will need to reflect upon competences the future business activities will require. The acquisition of digital skills has become a prerequisite for artists hoping to remain relevant. Street artists must start morphing their skill set to fit the changing environment. Through next year’s festival we will be incorporating

#Digital art,

#Virtual reality (VR)

#Interactive murals

International Public Art Festival 2019 - 3rd edition - 9 to 17 February Salt River - Cape Town

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.

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.

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)

Walk it, Run it, Cycle it

Our best advice to experience our street art and public art in Cape Town.
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Guided Salt River Walking Tour

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Guided City Centre Walking Tour

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Guided City Centre Bicycle Tour

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5 KM TOUR
CITY CENTRE

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5 KM TOUR
SALT RIVER

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The Artists

23-27 FEB 2022

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

Info about our Street Art tours
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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.

Location

CAPE TOWN CBD & SALT RIVER

THE CURATED SERIES OF PUBLIC MURALS TAKES PLACE IN STREETS OF CAPE TOWN CBD AND THE SUBURB OF SALT RIVER.

THE CBD IS A MAJOR BUSINESS DISTRICT WITHIN CAPE TOWN AND IS A MELTING POT OF DIVERSITY, CULTURE AND HISTORICAL INFLUENCES

The CBD is a hotspot for local restaurants, coffee shops, incredible galleries, and a perfect place to explore the mother city.

Home to the Castle of Good Hope, the Slave Lodge, The City Hall, the Oldest Public Library in South Africa and Grand Parade (The oldest public square in Cape Town), Company’s Garden, Greenmarket Square and Church Street Antiques Market, and a collection of ignificant religious buildings all sit side by side in this extravagantly culture-rich area.

By bringing internationally recognized Art to the streets of Cape Town CBD, IPAF will bring creative colourful humane stories to City’s skylines and streetscape. Creative positive messaging will be brought to the streets for the enjoyment of locals and tourists, drawing people into the CBD to tell the unknown hidden stories through public art.

THE SUBURB OF SALT RIVER IS SITUATED BETWEEN OBSERVATORY AND WOODSTOCK, A STONE’S THROW AWAY FROM THE CITY CENTRE.

IPAF has a long history with Salt River. With that, Urban Art has the power to pay homage to Salt River’s rich history and heritage and acts to celebrate and unite the present generation to inspire its future for generations to come. Within Salt River, IPAF’s artists have created 133 Public Art Works, painting houses, buildings, schools, and businesses, celebrating the local history, heritage, and human stories.

It is a partially industrial suburb with a host of clothing and textile factories, up and coming art galleries, craft reweries, gin distilleries. The iconic Snowflake grain silos towers above the cityscape with Devil’s Peak casting its ever-present green silhouette as the backdrop to every lens and camera angle.

Salt River is a convenient location due to its proximity to the CBD, the University of Cape Town, and abundance of heritage sites and historical architecture.

BAZ-ART NGO

Art - Education - Community

BAZ-ART TRANSFORMS SPACES THROUGH URBAN ART.

The African continent is fast emerging as a major centre of contemporary art. Baz-Art was founded in November 2016 with the primary objectives of creating a platform for street artists to make a living from their art and regulating the industry. We aspired to become the most prominent street art platform in Africa by producing art in public spaces while meeting the marketing demands of our clients.

Every year we pride ourselves on new achievements in the local and international public art scenes. We have travelled across the continent from Johannesburg to Accra, bringing colour to public spaces, and have had the privilege of working with some of the world’s most renowned street artists and brands. In February 2017, we proudly hosted Africa’s first annual International Public Art Festival.

WHAT DISTINGUISHES PUBLIC ART FROM FINE ART IS THE UNIQUE ASSOCIATION OF HOW IT IS MADE, WHERE IT IS, AND WHAT MEANING IT CAN BRING.

Public art performs many functions: it can express community values, enhance environments, heighten awareness, or challenge our assumptions. Our art is accessible because it is positioned in public spaces. It is a form of collective community expression.

By providing a supportive platform for artists, Baz-Art builds a bridge between them and members of communities: neighbourhood groups, local businesses, educational institutions, public organisations and the like. Public art is a part of our shared history, our evolving culture and our collective memory. Through public art, Baz-Art aims to provide financial support to our partners and meaning to our cities.

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