AfrikaBurn brings you Streetopia
Burners and converts will add mind-blowing creativity and colour to city streets at Streetopia on November 25 from 10am to 7pm in Observatory. Streetopia is brought to Cape Town by the founders of AfrikaBurn. So for those still hesitating on stretching the creative muscle in the desert AfrikaBurn brings you Streetopia.
What is Streetopia?
Streetopia is a family and community event that aims to fill the gap left by the popular Obsfest. The concept behind Streetopia is to transport the guiding principles of AfrikaBurn into the ‘real world’ of the cityscape. “Streets around the Village Green and Lower Main Road in Observatory will be closed to traffic and opened to pedestrians, cyclists, buskers, live music stages and creative projects. The streets will become a blank canvas for inclusive and collaborative creative projects,” says co-founder Monique Schiess.
More on AfrikaBurn
AfrikaBurn is the second-largest regional Burning Man event in the world. It attracted 14,000 “burners” to the 11th edition in April 2017. The first AfrikaBurn event in the Tankwa Karoo was attended by 1,000 people. Since then the event has grown exponentially. One of the guiding principles of the Burn is “radical inclusion”. Participants define the event. The organisers are the enablers of the projects. This is why AfrikaBurn brings you Streetopia.
Another principle of AfrikaBurn is one of ‘gifting’. Participants are
encouraged to exchange gifts of their wares like free performances, artworks, meals and drinks. This ‘free’ exchange adds to the cohesion of friendships and builds a spirit of community. “When you free that side of people, anything becomes possible. It becomes collaborative and playful. It is like exercising a muscle of working together. It is a change agent where fun is the vector for change. People are so inspired and so full of joy,” continues co-founder Monique Schiess.
What participants can expect
“Streets around the Village Green and Lower Main Road in Observatory will be closed to traffic and opened to pedestrians, cyclists, buskers, live music stages and creative projects. The streets will become a blank canvas for inclusive and
collaborative creative projects,” continues co-founder Monique Schiess. Visitors can expect colourful displays of iconic artworks from the AfrikaBurn community — such as mutant vehicles, giant sculptures, techie playfulness and an aerial art piece.
Observatory businesses such as the vintage clothing store, record stores, small eateries and cultural venues are encouraged
to flow out onto the streets and decorate their pieces of pavement. Information for vendors, partners, and donors can be found here. Admission is free and it’s a kid-friendly event. So, roll up, dress up and rock up.
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