Nothing stops you in your tracks quite like a multi-storey mural, and with the 4th installation of the International Public Art Festival happening this February, be prepared to come to a standstill! From 12 to 16 February, the streets of Cape Town are set for a technicoloured upgrade when some of the best local and international street artists showcase their mural-painting skills at this unique event.
The festival is an initiative of BAZ-ART, an NGO that places art at the centre of community expression, and is also a launchpad for a number of programmes, including community gardens, art classes for children, and other interventions started by residents.
The 2020 theme is Digitalisation – which aims to draw attention to the potential opportunities and obstacles that may arise as a result of technological advances – and will incorporate classic and contemporary mediums, styles and methods of art as well as some digital art, 3D virtual reality (VR) and computer-graphic techniques.
Murals and more
With the goal of making art more accessible to the public, the 4th installation of this street-art festival will give the public front-row seats to artists in action via various guided tours and workshops taking place in Salt River. Some of the artists taking part include Gilles Dusabe from Switzerland and local artist King Debs, who was a finalist in the World Design Capital public art competition.
|Wednesday, 12 February||Street-art tour||4pm|
|Thursday, 13 February||Street-art tour||2pm; 4pm|
|Friday, 14 February||Street-art tour||2pm; 4pm|
|Saturday, 15 February||Street-art market||10am|
|Saturday, 15 February||Street-art tour||10am; 2pm; 4pm|
|Sunday, 16 February||Street-art tour||10am; 2pm; 4pm|
The tours are donation-based, so bring what your pockets can spare!
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