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What activities take place on the day?

A wide range of artworks from AfrikaBurn and Cape Town-based artists are displayed (large sculptures, as well as indoor and outdoor exhibitions), whilst performances of music, dance, poetry, drumming and so on also take place at a variety of indoor and street venues. Found throughout the event area are also a large number of market stalls featuring art, craft and homemade products created by residents of Obs and surrounds.

The stage on the Green runs from 10am until 6pm and features a range of live music on a small stage, with performances taking place from 10am – 6pm. This year, we have the pleasure of welcoming the Barleycorn Music Club, who will be managing the stage and facilitating the performance of a wide range of amazing acts!

Village Green Stage Schedule

10 am  – 6pm (artist schedule TBC, starting mid-October)

Also on the Village Green on the day:

– Decor and artworks from AfrikaBurn
– Our event’s Info booth
– Event operations centre, security and medics
– Community Rangers are located here (but will also be roaming the event)
– Volunteer booth
– Public toilets (including wheelchair access)
Radio Free Tankwa (AfrikaBurn’s community radio station) will be located on the Green, providing live updates from our central area

If you have art, decor or an activity you’d like to bring on the day, please email [email protected] 

The Shrine Stage

This stage is dedicated to the memory of Fela Anikalupo Kuti, the Lion of the Kalakuta Republic and amongst Africa’s greatest musical stars. The stage is a gift to the community, is the brainchild of music lover and DJ Cuito Naude.

In The Market

Located on Lower Main Rd between Station and Norfolk Road, our market will feature stalls run by many residents of Obs, Salt River, Mowbray and surrounds, in keeping with Streetopia being a community event that seeks to have residents participate in and benefit from the event. These will be complemented by a range of stalls offering craft, art, vintage and retro items. 

In addition to the variety of activities that will take place along Lower Main Rd in this area, a small music stage can also be found at Voom-Voom Vintage at junction of of Lower Main Road and Norfolk Rd.

Vintage Obs Day

Thanks to the efforts of Obs resident Hazel Walton, who has convened classic auto and bike shows over the last few years, the portion of our event from Collingwood to St Michael’s Roads will see a spread of classic and vintage autos and bikes on display. This area will, for this year, be named after an iconic customised hotrod, named the Crawler, which has featured at AfrikaBurn.

More details on the Crawler Corner stage TBC.

Also in this area, you’ll be able to find petrolhead and vintage-auto-related stalls, food trucks – and a selection of Mutant Vehicles from AfrikaBurn events past. If you have a classic or vintage auto or motorcycle, and you’d like to display it on the day, contact [email protected] Thanks to everyone involved in making Vintage Obs Day part of this year’s event!


Our event usually plays host to a number of art exhibits – on the streets, and also in studios located in or around our event area. Stay tuned for news on this front.

We’ll be updating this list as more news comes in about installations and exhibitions.


Road Closures

An extended portion of Lower Main Road will feature market stalls, buskers and other activities. The road closure areas are subject to change by the City of Cape Town, but are proposed as restricted access points along the following intersections:

– Trill, Darien, Bowden, Wrensch and Sussex roads (access provided for residents)
– Station & Lower Main, and Lower Main just before St Michael’s (with traffic still able to pass onto Lower Main, as St Michael’s will not be closed off)

Please note: Traffic will be able to skirt around the event area using the designated alternative routes on the day between the hours of 10am and 6pm. Thereafter, all roads will be open as usual once the event crew and traffic marshalls safely clear each portion of road.

PARKING: Obs Primary School made its field available as parking for attendees of the 2017 event, and this may continue to be the case for the 2018 event. Please make use of this safe parking, in order to ensure residents are not parked in or inconvenienced.

The event will have signage and traffic marshalls stationed at every road closure point and at high-traffic areas to ensure the smooth and safe movement of crowds and vehicles. Residents below Lower Main Rd affected by closures will be provided with Access Passes, and traffic marshalls will be stationed at intersections to assist them.

If you require any info regarding Streetopia, email [email protected] and a member of the organising committee will get back to you.

Info line for Obs residents

In order to ensure residents’ homes in the vicinity of the event area are free of traffic problems, signage and traffic marshalls will be stationed in the relevant areas. If you’re an Obs resident and wish to contact the event team during the event period due to any access issues or noise concerns, please call 086 076 6951 and the matter will be attended to.