More colourful paintings

2019-02-19 06:01
Musician Khofhi the King poses for the camera in front of a painting.PHOTOS: THABANG KUAHO

Musician Khofhi the King poses for the camera in front of a painting.PHOTOS: THABANG KUAHO

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The colourful streets of Salt River were upgraded with more murals from 23 local and international street artists during this year’s International Public Art Festival (IPAF) which ran from Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 February. Now in its third year, this year’s theme was “Generation Next” and members of the public were taken on a guided tour around the area to see some of the new works of art.

Baz-Art’s founder, Alexandre Tilmans, said the festival came about when he realised that street artists in South Africa do not make money from their art and he wanted to give them exposure.“So, we got these street artists to paint walls around Salt River and later on try to get them commissioned work,” he said.

He said people often mistake street art for graffiti which is associated with drugs and crime, so the plan was to change people’s perception of street art.

“Generation Next, like street art, seeks to generate conversation. Most of the pieces in the area have the potential to spark debate. It gets people talking, which is something we want.”

The tour started at Berth Uriel, a home for young men.

“Our relationship with Berth Uriel is an interesting one. It started last year when we painted their wall. It was then that we realised they have a coffee shop and we decided to start the tours here. That way it is guaranteed they will get some money in for the day.”

Tilmans said he is pleased with the recognition the festival has received.“The City of Cape Town has noticed the festival and we are now building a relationship.”

He said the festival needs to attract members of the public and officials alike.

“The goal is not to get more artists at the moment – the goal is to get the public involved so that we can start talking.”

He urged the public to take a trip through Salt River to witness the majestic works of art.

“If you want to support the cause then you can take the guided tours with a tour guide, download the audio map or just walk around and see the pieces for yourself.V For more information, visit http://ipafest.co.za/.

The colourful streets of Salt River were upgraded with more murals from 23 local and international street artists during this year’s International Public Art Festival (IPAF) which ran from Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 February.Now in its third year, this year’s theme was “Generation Next” and members of the public were taken on a guided tour around the area to see some of the new works of art.

Baz-Art’s founder, Alexandre Tilmans, said the festival came about when he realised that street artists in South Africa do not make money from their art and he wanted to give them exposure.“So, we got these street artists to paint walls around Salt River and later on try to get them commissioned work,” he said.

He said people often mistake street art for graffiti which is associated with drugs and crime, so the plan was to change people’s perception of street art.

“Generation Next, like street art, seeks to generate conversation. Most of the pieces in the area have the potential to spark debate. It gets people talking, which is something we want.”

The tour started at Berth Uriel, a home for young men.

“Our relationship with Berth Uriel is an interesting one. It started last year when we painted their wall. It was then that we realised they have a coffee shop and we decided to start the tours here. That way it is guaranteed they will get some money in for the day.”

Tilmans said he is pleased with the recognition the festival has received.“The City of Cape Town has noticed the festival and we are now building a relationship.”

He said the festival needs to attract members of the public and officials alike.

“The goal is not to get more artists at the moment – the goal is to get the public involved so that we can start talking.”

He urged the public to take a trip through Salt River to witness the majestic works of art.

“If you want to support the cause then you can take the guided tours with a tour guide, download the audio map or just walk around and see the pieces for yourself.V For more information, visit http://ipafest.co.za/.

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