International Public Art Festival | IPAF | CAPE TOWN 10-14 FEB 2021

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INTRODUCING IPAF 2021

INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC ART FESTIVAL - CAPE TOWN

The fifth edition of the International Public Art Festival (IPAF) is set to transform Cape Town’s Salt River into a visual wonderland from 10-14 February 2021. Organised by Baz-Art, 20 local and international artists will be creating large scale public artworks across the streets of Salt River.

This 5th edition will bring the number of murals in Salt River to well above 100.

The festival is a showcase of how public art can express community values, enhance our environment, transform a landscape, heighten our awareness, or question our assumptions. Placed in public sites, this art is there for everyone, a form of collective community expression.

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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 Walking Tour

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Guided Bicycle Tour

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Guided Photo Walk

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3 KM TOUR
SALT RIVER

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5 KM TOUR
SALT RIVER

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5 KM TOUR
CITY CENTRE

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The Artists

12-16 FEBRUARY 2020

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.

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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