All pictures: Jane Mayne

Few Capetonians realize that in addition to the myriad of Cape Town galleries and the weighty new Zeitz MOCAA, visual arts is also flourishing out on the streets of Salt River. And the community in the area is abuzz with colour and action as the second annual International Public Art Festival (IPAF) gets in full swing until 19 February.

Guided street art tours

Apart from viewing local, national and international street artists and seeing their newly painted murals come alive, daily guided street art tours and spray paint workshops can be purchased at Webtickets.

The spray paint workshops give art lovers the opportunity to interact with the artists as they elaborate on techniques of mural art.

If you would like to view the artwork as it’s being created, hook up with local guides, who run informative tours every day of the festival from 10am to 5pm.


Muralists from South Africa

Care One-Love
South Africanist
Jared Aufrichtig
Serge One
Keith Vlahakis
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Muralists from Europe

BELGIUM: ROA; Anthea Missy; Spear; Linus Haertjens
FINLAND: Salla Ikonen
FRANCE: Damien Gillot
SPAIN: Mariana Palomina
SWEDEN: Julia Rio

Muralists from North/South America

CANADA: Ruben Carrasco
MEXICO: Christina Navarette

This year, ‘The South Africanist’, otherwise known as Jesse Yende, a proudly South African and SA’s number one fan, together with Canadian artist, Damien Gillot paint the Beth Uriel walls. This is home to young men from impoverished communities. Beth Uriel’s “House of Light” aims to provide these young men the chance to pursue independent lives.

Damien Gillot’s art uses recycled HDPE plastic that is washed, scraped and cut into tiny mosaic pieces. He is busy doing this all with the help of children and young men from Beth Uriel. Because the festival is centred around the need to conserve nature and consumerism, this recycling art fits perfectly with the festival’s message: We need Nature.

The paintings are intended to engage, empower and uplift their viewers. The artists firmly believe that once you engage and spark interest, the job is half-way done. One of last year’s muralists, Clement Mougel, wrote next to his artwork: “I am the master of my fate, the captain of my soul”. This resonates deeply with the youth.

All the ticket proceeds are being donated to art education activities for children within the Salt River community.

There is also delicious Cape Malay food on offer which is being sold by four local cooks: Zuleigha, Nadia, Mienna and Kieya, who have been sponsored with eco-friendly lunch packs.

Picture: Jane Mayne

What: IPAF street art tours and workshop
Where: Salt River, Cape Town
When: Until until 19 February, 2018

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