Hit the streets with the International Public Arts Festival in Cape Town’s CBD

Posted by David Henning on 15 February 2022

Explore the creative side of Cape Town CBD during the sixth edition of the International Public Art Festival (IPAF) from 23-27 February 2021. Hosted by Baz-Art – an organisation that facilitates street art – the event is Africa’s largest public art festival.

This free-to-the-public festival will see massive-sized murals being created live, with public opportunities to interact with street artists from around the world. Street art tours will be available to give insider knowledge to the extraordinary stories behind the artwork, and an evening programme will titillate the sense through its explorations of the creative nightlife of Cape Town.

IPAF 2022 serves as a showcase of the very best talent within the street art scene, both locally and internationally — an epitome of creative expression for all Capetonians and visitors to enjoy.

Location

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. The main activities of the Festival will take place in the bustling vicinity of Harrington Street.

‘We are partnering with surrounding social, tourist and hospitality businesses and cultural institutions in the area, to focus on creating bridges and connections to celebrate community and art. In addition, once again, all participating artists will be briefed on the socio-economic, cultural and historical context of the environment where they will be creating artworks, as we pay tribute to the potent cultural and historical context of central Cape Town within the artworks’, says marketing and communications manager, Dennis Molewa.

Theme

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.

It is through the big and small actions of compassionate actions that are seen every day that the Festival acknowledges and is inspired by shared Humanity. This Festival serves to reflect that despite all the hard challenges that each person individually faces, we are all connected and together we rebuild, reconnect, create, and remember our humanity.

‘With the support of the city, province and national government, we are excited to see events such as IPAF position Cape Town as a global street art hub in Africa, while showcasing local talent and culture on an international platform. IPAF 2022 will be a testament to how public art can create connection and cohesion within our communities, by reminding us about our shared humanity, which is now more important than ever,’ says Co-founder and owner of Baz-Art, Alexander Tilmans.

The Public Artworks created during the Festival will reflect community values and creatively express what it means to be human at a particular moment in time, questioning and invoking new ways of thinking, of being, and creating a space to share the voices of all involved.

Everyone is invited to create, play and reflect together!

Activities include walking and cycling tours through the CBD and Salt River.

Follow IPAF on Instagram and Facebook and check out the blog to stay up to date with all upcoming activations, events and workshops during the festival.

Read up more about IPAF 2022 here.

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