As a community event, Streetopia is open to collaboration from residents, artists, businesses and anyone who’s interested in contributing to the event in any way. It’s your event – and on the day, the only limit is your creativity and imagination.
There are many ways you can participate:
- stage a performance
- create an artwork and display it
- host activities in your business, art studio or home
- volunteer to assist the event team
- support the event through a donation
Take a look at below for specific info on ways to be a part of the event:
Artists, Performers and Residents
Streetopia would not happen – or be as vibrant and diverse – without the involvement of the artistic community and residents of Obs and surrounding areas, and there are many ways to get involved. Create an artwork, stage a performance, make some home-baked goods or by dress up in costume to add to the colour and vibe of the day – or simply attend with friends & families to enjoy the wide range of activities the event will feature on the day.
Bands, Live Performance and DJs
Most performance spaces are created through the efforts of the performers themselves, collaborating with business owners and residents who can host a stage or space. To see the schedule of performances, head to our Event page.
If you’ve got an idea for a performance, art exhibition or other activity, mail [email protected] or click this lovely link so our team can provide info on how to register your activity, and get it listed in our event schedule.
It takes a village to create Streetopia – and that village is Obs! Many hands are needed on deck to make it run smoothly, so if you’re in the area and are interested in volunteering, we’d love to have you on board.
There are many ways you can volunteer for Streetopia, if you’re interested in volunteering, mail our team on [email protected]
Thanks to everyone that’s stepped up and offered their help so far over the years!
Market Stalls & Vendors
In a normal year, the event would see sections of Lower Main Rd transformed into a vibrant market space, with priority given to traders from Obs and surrounds that host stalls offering food, (non-alcoholic) beverage and art & craft. Unfortunately due to lockdown regulations, in 2020 we are not able to close roads and invite traders to fill the streets with stalls – but we do plan to resume this aspect of the event in 2021.
Info for Obs-based Businesses
On November 29th 2015, the first Streetopia was hosted in Observatory with the support, participation and engagement of local civic organisations, residents and artists from AfrikaBurn and the Obs community. The event saw over 3000 people enjoy a day filled with art, performance and a wide variety of activities – all for free. And this bumper day for traders and businesses has only grown as the event has proceeded since its first year.
Businesses in the event area enjoy a bumper day’s trade, and for many of those selling food and drink, this extends into the evening. With Streetopia now well-established and generating a positive sentiment in Obs and beyond, this directly benefits businesses based in Observatory (whether located in premises in the event area, or trading on the day online).
In order for the event to be sustainable, we appeal to business owners in the area to support Streetopia through a donation that would go towards ensuring the event can continue and attract a diverse number of residents, Capetonians and also a large number of international students to the area on the day – and to be repeat visitors for Obs and its businesses.
In providing support to the event, supporting businesses enjoy the following:
- listing on the event guide map and on this website, and also on Streetopia’s Facebook and Instagram channels
- opportunity to partner with performers on (or in the vicinity of) their premises
- designation as a supporter through posters & stickers placed at the entrance of business premises
- option to host a stall in the marketplace (excludes alcohol vendors) in years when a market is staged
For more info on how businesses can support the event, please see this page.
Thank you to all residents, business owners and civic organisations for their partnership and support – Streetopia simply would not be possible without it!