The second International Public Art Festival (IPAF) takes place in Salt River, Cape Town from 10 – 19 February 2018. An initiative by NGO Baz-Art, this unique event gives both local and international artists the opportunity to showcase their stories, skills and styles in real time and on a global platform.
IPAF’s main aim is to create awareness of public art, bridge the gap between fine art and street art and use it as a medium to educate, uplift and inspire the public.
With ‘We Need Nature’ as the theme this year, all artists plan to bring subjects of recycling, green issues, global warming and the current water crisis to the fore, all while celebrating the beauty of nature.
This year IPAF will partner with eco-friendly brands such as L7 craft beer, which has no chemicals, colourants, flavouring or preservatives and uses 100% organically farmed ingredients. IPAF is also using eco-friendly paints rated by their green filter, which clearly indicates the VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) and other chemical content.
Glass bottles at the Festival will be filled with spring water for drinking; and eco-friendly lunch-boxes for meals will be issued to the artists to be used by them for the duration of the festival; bicycles and scooters will be the chosen mode of transport by artists and organisers to reduce their carbon emissions; most of the artists will be accommodated as near to Salt River as possible to avoid driving; and the organisers are encouraging car-pooling by those attending the festival.
Empty spray cans and recyclable waste used by the artists during the festival will be collected by an appointed recycling company as well as the artists, the community, the attendees and the full support of the City of Cape Town to make sure the streets are clear from rubbish at all times.
Care One-Love, South Africanist, Zesta, Sonny, Jared Aufrichtig, Serge One, Keith Vlahakis, Page 33 and MARS.
ROA, Anthea Missy, Spear and Linus Haertjens
Salla Ikonen (Finland), Damien Gillot (France), Mariana Palomina (Spain), Julia Rio (Sweden), Lucas Aoki (Argentina), Ruben Carrasco (Canada) and Christina Navarette (Mexico).
Baz-Art asked three artists from three continents why they decided to be part of the festival and what their thoughts were about the theme of ‘We need nature’.
Linus from Belgium said: “What motivated me to take part was IPAF’s commitment to the community in Salt River and to the Capetonian art scene in general. I am very grateful to have been invited to be part of this edition of IPAF especially as this year’s theme resonates deeply with the current water issues Capetonians are faced with.”
Asked for his take, South African artist MARS said: “It’s a great project showcasing some amazing local and international talent. The theme is an important one, more so now than ever.”
Argentinian artist, Lucas Aoki aired the same sentiments. “I have never been to Africa. I have always been and still am very curious about the culture and the city of Cape Town. I’ve always heard it was a very unique place. When I heard about the opportunity of being a part of the festival, I was excited about being able to do something I love, but on a bigger scale, and alongside other artists, in a place that will be completely unknown to me. The selected theme can maybe help inspire people to protect what matters the most: the nature that surrounds us and on which we depend. We need to act differently and be kinder to our world – it is, after all, our only planet, our only home and we should be looking after it big time.”
Activities on offer to the public attending the festival not only include watching these paintings come to life, but they will be able to participate in spray painting workshops, attend guided tours run by street art specialists or simply enjoy the daily entertainment.
Entry is free, but workshops and tours are separately priced:
Exciting graffiti, street art and contemporary urban art festivals are blossoming all around the world – from India to Tahiti, and from Paris to Sao Paulo. The founders of Baz-Art recognised that despite the incredible talent pool, Africa did not have a flagship international event that gave artists the opportunity to expresses and showcases their skills.
Baz-Art decided to seize the chance by collaborating with the IPAF community and initiating the first IPAF in Salt River, Cape Town during February 2017. Baz-Art is also in collaboration with the Mexico and Vancouver Public Art Festivals which focuses on exchanging artistic ideas and projects.