In 2015, our team and community embarked on a new collaborative event that partnered
with the community and civic bodies in Observatory, Cape Town, to create a free one-day
festival of creativity that sought to bring art and interactive experiences alive in public
spaces. That event is our very own Streetopia – and it’s gone from strength to strength
each year, with the 2018 event being the most diverse and well-attended so far.
This year’s Streetopia event is set for Saturday November 30th 2019 will once again
see the streets of Obs closed off and a wide range of community members and
AfrikaBurnartists invited to flood public places with exhibitions and impromptu street
performances. Also coming up this year will be the first Streetopia Jozi (stay tuned for
more info about that, coming soon)!
One aim of the Streetopia event is to create a legacy in the area of the event that
improves the urban space and leaves a positive legacy. Over the past 3 years, this has
seen street art and mural projects being installed on the streets and walls of Obs – and
among these have been:
– Art lights by Star Craft and Ralph Borland on the wall of Cafe Ganesh and on
Stanley House (2016 & 2017)
Many thanks to the National Lotteries Commission for their support as the funder of
these Streetopia Legacy Artworks over the 2018 and 2019 periods!
2019: Legacy Mural Installed in Obs
The latest aspect of the Streetopia Legacy initiatives that have become visible in the
suburb is a mural project that has seen the whole of the building that houses the
Cape Town & District Association For The Hearing Impaired repainted with a fresh
mural that references and interprets the architectural environment of Observatory.
The mural project was completed in May of 2019, and will go on to provide an interesting
and artistic legacy that benefits both the Cape Town & District Association For The
Hearing Impaired and also the surrounding suburb of Observatory for years to come.
As a visible representation of the legacy that our Streetopia event leaves behind, the
various artworks created by the AfrikaBurn and Observatory communities uplift the
landscape by renovating or decorating shared urban spaces, whilst providing an
opportunity for civic bodies, artists and local communities to collaborate in new and
creative ways. The Streetopia Legacy Project will continue to roll out in 2019 – so
keep an eye out for updates.
Many thanks to the funders of this project, the National Lotteries Commission and
OBSID, and also to all involved in the creation, co-ordination and implementation
of the project:
Project Manager: Karen Stewart
Members of AfrikaBurn’s Art Committee: