Cape Town’s cityscape gets a fresh coat of paint during street art festival

Posted on 28 March 2022 By David Henning

The 2022 International Public Arts Festival (IPAF) took place from 23-27 February in Cape Town city centre and attracted major street art talents from around the world. With the poignant theme of ‘humanity’, the artworks shared consistent commentary around social connection and togetherness.

IPAF is the largest public arts festival in Africa and those perusing the city’s streets might have caught glimpses of Cape Town’s street artists creating their murals.

‘We were blown away by the concepts and diversity of the works, and the response from the public,’ says Festival organiser Lauren Fletcher. ‘We are still offering guided and self-guided tours of the murals, with the aim to put money in our tour guides’ pockets, accelerate the recovery of the visitor economy, and increase footfall to the town.’

‘The IPAF murals form a fascinating ‘map’ of current issues and commentary from around the world,’ commented Baz-Art co-founder, Alexandre Tilman. ‘The largest work can be found in the heart of the city, on the corner of Loop and Strand Street. Artists include Bushy Wopp, Mernette Swarts, Silas Ras Moetse, Wayne BKS (aka Conform) and Dekor One.’

Even if you missed the public arts festival, street art tours are still available here, which include a guided walking and cycling tour of either the CBD or Salt River. Below are some images of the incredible artwork donning the cityscape.










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