Thousands revel at Streetopia

2018-12-06 06:01
This unidentified woman wearing a mobile dress decorated with newspaper articles on gender violence victims, turned heads at the arts and crafts street festival, Streetopia, in Observatory on Saturday.

This unidentified woman wearing a mobile dress decorated with newspaper articles on gender violence victims, turned heads at the arts and crafts street festival, Streetopia, in Observatory on Saturday.

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Vintage automobiles and motorbikes, diverse artworks, a variety of performances, music and food were just some of the hallmarks of the Streetopia spectacle on Observatory streets on Saturday.

Thousands of people visited the festival and organisers say it was by far the biggest yet.

The organisers described the festival as “Observatory’s own community festival – Streetopia – a day on which the community takes to their streets and make them alive with the vibe, colour and creativity that the area is known for”.

Driven by a collaboration between AfrikaBurn, Obsid and the Observatory Civic Association (OCA), Streetopia is a one-day event where the streets of Observatory are open to pedestrians and cyclists, buskers and performers – and everyone is encouraged to add to the colour of the occasion by dressing up and participating.

The event is completely free of any corporate sponsorship, and is supported by funding from AfrikaBurn, donations from Observatory businesses, and a grant from the National Lotteries Commission.

Each year sees residents from Observatory, Salt River, Woodstock and surrounds take up the invitation to exhibit their arts and crafts, host market stalls and dress up for a day of pageantry.

This year’s event was the festival’s fourth and with an expanded event area, lived up to expectations.

“We were wonderfully impressed by (Saturday’s) event. It was by far the biggest, with a greatest diversity of market stalls of which there were over 90, as well as a great diversity of artworks from both the Cape Town artistic community and the AfrikaBurn community,” says Streetopia spokesperson
Travis Lyle.

He adds that this year they also welcomed classic and vintage automobiles and motorbikes to the event and saw between 4500 and 5000 people over the period of the day from 10:00 to 18:00. Volunteers from the local community and AfrikaBurn helped to clean up after the event, says Lyle.

He says a number of non-governmental and civic society organisations were involved and the participation from the Observatory community is encouraging. “We are thankful that we had the support of Observatory-based civic organisations like Obsid and the Observatory Civic Association,” Lyle says.

City Vision spoke to some of the festival-goers.

Jen Hucks said: “We are selling these beautiful hairpieces and we are marketing and doing all kinds of outreach for events. I’m absolutely enjoying the festival [today]. I’ve had a great response; people are very excited. I think we are catering for the festive season, for the festive people.”

Ricola Martin, a 17-year-old girl from Gugulethu and a member of the Xhosa traditional group Jelly Beez, wants to become a professional artist and was inspired by artists at the festival. “I am here to play marimba and drums. I am enjoying this festival and I have seen different forms of art that I have not seen before.”.

Vintage automobiles and motorbikes, diverse artworks, a variety of performances, music and food were just some of the hallmarks of the Streetopia spectacle on Observatory streets on Saturday.

Thousands of people visited the festival and organisers say it was by far the biggest yet.

The organisers described the festival as “Observatory’s own community festival – Streetopia – a day on which the community takes to their streets and make them alive with the vibe, colour and creativity that the area is known for”.

Driven by a collaboration between AfrikaBurn, Obsid and the Observatory Civic Association (OCA), Streetopia is a one-day event where the streets of Observatory are open to pedestrians and cyclists, buskers and performers – and everyone is encouraged to add to the colour of the occasion by dressing up and participating.

The event is completely free of any corporate sponsorship, and is supported by funding from AfrikaBurn, donations from Observatory businesses, and a grant from the National Lotteries Commission.

Each year sees residents from Observatory, Salt River, Woodstock and surrounds take up the invitation to exhibit their arts and crafts, host market stalls and dress up for a day of pageantry.

This year’s event was the festival’s fourth and with an expanded event area, lived up to expectations.

“We were wonderfully impressed by (Saturday’s) event. It was by far the biggest, with a greatest diversity of market stalls of which there were over 90, as well as a great diversity of artworks from both the Cape Town artistic community and the AfrikaBurn community,” says Streetopia spokesperson Travis Lyle.

He adds that this year they also welcomed classic and vintage automobiles and motorbikes to the event and saw between 4500 and 5000 people over the period of the day from 10:00 to 18:00.

Volunteers from the local community and AfrikaBurn helped to clean up after the event, says Lyle.

He says a number of non-governmental and civic society organisations were involved and the participation from the Observatory community is encouraging. “We are thankful that we had the support of Observatory-based civic organisations like Obsid and the Observatory Civic Association,” Lyle says.

People’s Post spoke to some of the festival-goers. Jen Hucks said: “We are selling these beautiful hairpieces and we are marketing and doing all kinds of outreach for events. I’m absolutely enjoying the festival [today]. I’ve had a great response; people are very excited. I think we are catering for the festive season, for the festive people.”

Ricola Martin, a 17-year-old girl from Gugulethu and a member of the Xhosa traditional group Jelly Beez, wants to become a professional artist and was inspired by artists at the festival­.

“I am here to play marimba and drums. I am enjoying this festival and I have seen different forms of art that I have not seen before.”

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