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Cape Town hosts SA’s first International Public Art Festival

BY Ntombizodwa Mashalogu 20.02.17

THE first ever Public Art Festival is taking place in Cape Town, Salt River. The festival that started on the 10th February aims to bring art lovers into the streets and move away from the traditional galleries and arts events.

The festival features 25 local and international artists that have been given a space to decorate at their own leisure. Visitors to the festival can enjoy public art exhibitions, music, entertainment, street food, workshops and also art classes for children.

The festival is intended to uplift the communities by stimulating new businesses, creating jobs, providing training to young art entrepreneurs, position Cape Town as an art global hub and also to showcase local and international artwork.

The 10-day festival ends on the 20th February. Entrance to the festival is free (without a guide), guided tours are R100 per ticket.

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