The fifth edition of the International Public Art Festival (IPAF) took place in Cape Town’s Salt River from 10 – 14 February 2021. Even though the festival has come to a close, you can still experience Cape Town’s street art with guided walking, bicycle, photo walk or city centre tours post their 2021 festival.
Organised by Baz-Art, 20 local and international artists will be creating large scale public artworks across Salt River, the predominantly industrial area located between Observatory and Woodstock. Having started in 2017, IPAF’s 5th edition will bring the number of murals in Salt River to well above 100.
‘The festival is a showcase of how public art can express community values, enhance our environment, transform a landscape, heighten our awareness, or question our assumptions. Placed in public sites, this art is there for everyone, a form of collective community expression,’ explains IPAF on its website.
This year’s participating artists include the French-Swiss muralist Saype, Brazil-based muralist J3rney, Johannesburg-based graffiti writer and muralist AnserNineOne, and Cape Town-based artist Haanie Bee to name a few.
Explore the city through its public art
A strength of the annual IPAF festival is its ability to draw audiences into public spaces to view art, engaging with the people and spaces that make up a particular area. This year, family-friendly walking, cycling, and running tours offer audiences a way to explore the city in a time when many are seeking new, novel ways to get out and about.
Tours vary in length and include new and existing murals that paint a fascinating collective portrait of Cape Town and Africa at large. Downloadable maps and brochures will be made available on the IPAF website for the duration of the festival.
Beyond Walls – a monumental piece of land art
This year’s IPAF will have a significant precursor in the form of Beyond Walls, a monumental piece of land art, by renowned muralist Saype.
‘Beyond Walls symbolises Nelson Mandela’s will to reconcile and intertwine, beyond inequalities, and comes with a message of hope, humanity, and respect, during a time the world needs it most,’ says the Baz-Art team.
The unveiling of the artwork will take place on Sea Point Promenade opposite 237 Beach Road on Monday, 25 January 2021.