The International Public Art Festival – the first of its kind in Africa

INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC ART FESTIVAL? 

The inaugural International Public Art Festival (Ipaf) took place in and around Salt River, Cape Town from the 10-19th of February 2017 and was  BAZ-ART’s (NPO) first event in Cape Town.

Baz-Art is a non-profit organisation dedicated to harnessing the power of art and education for the benefit of local communities in South Africa. The NPO was founded by Sébastien Charrieras (CEO of XOEvents) and Alexandre Tilmans (CEO of Leopold7 Craft Beer- South Africa). 

 

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If you thought Cape Town’s art scene was getting a little crowded, think again. If the rowdy response to the Mother City’s newest art festival is anything to go by there is still a lot of space for growth…thousands of metres of outdoor space, in fact! If you have not been to Salt River in a while, put your sneakers on and go and discover the newest large-scale murals painted on 2500 square meters all around Salt River (starting on Shelley Road, you will find some at the Blackpool Football Club, in the park facing the club, at the primary School and in all the streets surrounding the area)- you can have a curated experience by having a tour with our partners,  Anima Tour.

MEL_0143Raphaël Federici – during the International Public Art Festival in Salt River (February 2017)

The festival’s aim was to beautify the district, showcase local and international talent and take art out of the usual galleries and take it right to the streets of Cape Town. The festival is the launchpad for a number of other programmes, including art classes for children, support for spin-off businesses and other interventions aimed at community upliftment.

MEL_0829Martin Lund (South African street Artist) during an art workshop with Salt River students

MEL_0111A girl from Salt River having fun on canvasses as part of the children workshops during the International Public Art festival 

Artists from a variety of genres and from near and far have applied to be part of Africa’s inaugural Ipaf, with artists from as far afield as Kenya Ukraine, France and Australia haven taken part alongside two dozen local artists from South Africa.

The organisers have been overwhelmed by the interest from home and abroad. Amongst the names who participated in the festival you can find talented street artists such as Mak1one, Jack Fox, Mars George, Raphaël Federici, Clément Mougel, WiseTwo, Mr.Migo, Fok and many others. The energy was high and it was wonderful to see local artists mingling with international artists- sharing their skills and passion for the arts.

The festival currator, Chantel Woodman, also a local South African artists says she has been “delighted at the interests from the fine art community” and a few established name from the fine art world who are signed up include Paul Senyol, Andrzej Urbanski, Claude Chandler and Julia Mary Grey.

MEL_1617“Seeking the Kingdom of God Above all else” mural painted by Raphaël Federici as part of the International Public Art Festival in Salt River

MEL_3222Mars The Spray Guy – Painting a large scale mural at the Blackpool Football Club in Shelley Road, Salt River

2017-02-19-PHOTO-00000295 Mural by Mak1one – Salt River, Deckle Edge

MEL_0991 Crowd having an organized Tour of the festival – gathering around a piece and a participating artist – Ibrahim Baaith MEL_1670 Mural by Jack Fox – youngest artist taking part in the festival – Shelley Road, Salt River

MEL_1839 Senzart911 – Beautifying a Primary School in Salt River during the festival

2017-02-19-PHOTO-00000289 Martin Whitebooi in front of his piece – during the festival

2017-02-19-PHOTO-00000290Mural executed by Prefix66 aka Rizah Potgieter at the IPAF festival

DCIM100GOPROGOPR1458.Mural by fine Artist Claude Chandler

DCIM100GOPROGOPR1469.Mural by WiseTwo 

To find out more about the festival visit our website www.ipafest.co.za 

To find out more about the Baz-Art Non-profit organisation please visit www.baz-art.co.za and go and like our Facebook Pages Baz-art & International Public Art Festival

by Laura de Siebenthal