#EveryOneDeservesToFly

It is said that imagination is the highest kite one can fly, there is no limit to the possibilities of kite making……and anyone can do it because #EveryOneDeservesToFly.

With yesterday being World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2021, the Cape Mental Health hosted a pop-up kite flying event at Dolphin Beach as part of 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival, my girlfriend and I were excited to get out creative skills going, we jumped onto Pinterest for some ideas (more me than her as I only discovered the potential now, late bloomer.) After abit of a struggle between a Batman Kite or a more Traditional Kite we opted for the latter but the result was actually pretty impressive if I must say so myself and in celebrating the importance of sound Mental Health we added all the love in the form of hearts.

According to Dr Ingrid Daniels, CEO of Cape Mental Health and President of the World Federation for Mental Health, “Mental health is regarded as the third highest burden of disease in South Africa, but remains the most neglected aspect of health care, competing with other medical conditions including the health costs of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine roll-out. Naturally, this underinvestment in mental health has a significant impact on access to mental health in poor and under-resourced communities and rural areas. We call for equality in mental health care – our people deserve nothing less.”

Our people deserve nothing less….and they deserve all the love they can get, we all deserve LOVE, it does not cost anything to love one another and it will make the world a better place.

This was us in the process of making our kite…. I was the self proclaimed glue guy.

The Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival promises to be an uplifting mix of magical, carefree fun. In South Africa, October is on the cusp of summer and an ideal time to get outdoors, fly a kite, laugh and enjoy a sense of play and freedom. Hold onto your kite line and let go of anxiety, stress and – most importantly – help raise awareness and funds for Cape Mental Health, because #EveryoneDeservesToFly.

Yesterday the weather was perfect for a day out in the sun, and the beach is a great place to test out your new creation ….. unfortunately we did not make it in time to see the exhibition but this did not deter us from our first flight test, we flight like the Wright brothers and learnt alot to improve but most importantly we had all the fun in the sun and that is what it is all about.

ABOUT THE CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL

The Cape Town International Kite Festival is the oldest kiting event in Africa and has been proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health since 1994, to raise funds and promote mental wellness. It is traditionally one of the biggest kite festivals on the African continent and attracts professional kiters from around the world who fund their way to Cape Town in support of Cape Mental Health (unlike other international festivals where the kiters’ travel is usually sponsored by the organisers). For more information on the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival, please visit: www.capementalhealth.co.za/EveryoneDeservesToFlyhttp://www.capementalhealth.co.za/EveryoneDeservesToFly.

Let the organisers know when and where you will be flying if you’d like them to share your pop-up on social media. Contact @CTKiteFest on social media or email events@cmh.org.za. Remember to share your photos, videos and messages of hope on social media, tagging #EveryoneDeservesToFly and @CTKiteFest to feature on the official CTKiteFest social feeds.

#EveryoneDeservesToFly at the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival 2 – 31 October 2021

It is said that imagination is the highest kite one can fly, so this October Cape Mental Health invites you to rise against the wind and join us at the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival. From 2 to 31 October, bold kites all over the world will soar skywards to show that #EveryoneDeservesToFly.

Cape Mental Health’s annual flagship event is going hybrid for its 27th edition, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to raise over R100 000,00 to enable this hard-working non-profit organisation to continue providing essential free mental healthcare services and ensuring that everyone, regardless of who they are or where they live, can enjoy equality in mental health access and care in an unequal world.

According to Dr Ingrid Daniels, CEO of Cape Mental Health and President of the World Federation for Mental Health, “Mental health is regarded as the third highest burden of disease in South Africa, but remains the most neglected aspect of health care, competing with other medical conditions including the health costs of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine roll-out. Naturally, this underinvestment in mental health has a significant impact on access to mental health in poor and under-resourced communities and rural areas. We call for equality in mental health care – our people deserve nothing less.”

Flying against the winds of adversity, this year’s interactive event combines real-life open-air kite-flying with online kite-making workshops, competitions and videos.

Join kiters all over the globe and fly your kite at the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival, anywhere and anytime between 2 and 31 October. Share your photos, videos and messages of encouragement, tagging #EveryoneDeservesToFly and @CTKiteFest, and feature on the official CTKiteFest social feeds.

Access all CTKiteFest online content including a variety of kite-making workshops and interviews with our kiting friends from all over the world and find out why they fly in support of Cape Mental Health. Get inspired by the magic of soaring kites with activities for the little ones, or let your imagination fly high with our creative innovation competition!

The Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival promises to be an uplifting mix of magical, carefree fun. In South Africa, October is on the cusp of summer and an ideal time to get outdoors, fly a kite, laugh and enjoy a sense of play and freedom. Hold onto your kite line and let go of anxiety, stress and – most importantly – help raise awareness and funds for Cape Mental Health, because #EveryoneDeservesToFly.

FLASH FLY KITING POP-UP EVENTS

People all over the world will be flying their kites at the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival between 2 and 31 October.

Cape Mental Health invites you to view kites at Dolphin Beach on 10 October (World Mental Health Day), and at Zandvlei Nature Reserve on 23 October 2021. Gather family, friends or colleagues, wear green and plan a ‘flash fly’ to enjoy time together in the fresh air at a safe, social distance while giving hope and raising funds for Cape Mental Health.

Let the organisers know when and where you will be flying if you’d like them to share your pop-up on social media. Contact @CTKiteFest on social media or email events@cmh.org.za. Remember to share your photos, videos and messages of hope on social media, tagging #EveryoneDeservesToFly and @CTKiteFest to feature on the official CTKiteFest social feeds.

ABOUT THE CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL

The Cape Town International Kite Festival is the oldest kiting event in Africa and has been proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health since 1994, to raise funds and promote mental wellness. It is traditionally one of the biggest kite festivals on the African continent and attracts professional kiters from around the world who fund their way to Cape Town in support of Cape Mental Health (unlike other international festivals where the kiters’ travel is usually sponsored by the organisers). For more information on the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival, please visit: http://www.capementalhealth.co.za/EveryoneDeservesToFlyhttp://www.capementalhealth.co.za/EveryoneDeservesToFly.

CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL CONTACT:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CTKiteFesthttp://www.facebook.com/CTKiteFest
Twitter: @CTKiteFest
Instagram: @CTKiteFest
Website: https://capementalhealth.co.za/everyonedeservestofly/
Hashtags: #EveryoneDeservesToFly and #CTKiteFest

WhatsApp: +27 67 321 9572
Telephone: 021 447 9040 (office hours)
Email: events@cmh.org.za

INVESTEC CAPE TOWN ART FAIR DIGITAL EVENT, CROSSES TWO CONTINENTS

Investec Cape Town Art Fair announces its very first digital event in conjunction with Milan’s modern and contemporary art fair, miart.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Africa’s leading art fair, Artshell and Investec Cape Town Art Fair’s Italian owner and producer Fiera Milano is partnering with Milan based miart international modern and contemporary art fair for an all-digital event during Milan Art week taking place from 17 – 19 September 2021.

The collaboration will provide a unique opportunity whereby VIPs, galleries and visitors will have access to a much broader audience across two continents — Africa and Italy — and two art fairs.  

Investec Cape Town Art Fair Digital Event will feature local and international galleries with the theme ‘Connect Through Art from Africa and the World’. 

Artshell, the web and App accessible platform, customized for Africa’s largest Art Fair, allows for autonomous, independent gallery / exhibitor access directly via their Artshell account with immediacy, and in sync with the Investec Cape Town Art Fairoffice.

Throughout the pandemic, art and technology have fused as channels of communication and have dramatically shifted online with Zoom or Google Chat facilitating discourse. With physical events cancelled globally, the art world accelerated their online platforms with ‘collaborative consumption’ becoming the art world’s new order as white cube galleries navigated their way off floor plans and online. While viewing rooms became the new art fairs, even with the noise of live events muted, the industry’s global acceleration online has seen a welcome shift in visibility and opportunity for galleries to control their own narrative and to access a whole new set of collectors.

Investec has been the title sponsor of Cape Town Art Fair since 2018. “We believe art can break down barriers and bring people together. So, we’re delighted by the launch of Investec Cape Town Art Fair’s first digital edition, which could bring the world of art to a potentially larger, more diverse audience. It’s also important that the many talented artists represented at the fair continue to receive support and potential earnings despite the in-person event being cancelled,” said Peta Dixon, Investec’s Head of Sponsorships.

As the largest annual fair on the African continentInvestec Cape Town Art Fairhas remained dedicated to supporting the industry, and to presenting contemporary art from a diverse range of established and new artists globally. Investec Cape Town Art Fair is an annual event that presents contemporary art from a diverse range of established and upcoming artists globally, championing the belief that art not only transcends cultural boundaries, but is what defines us and makes us human.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair Director Laura Vincenti elaborates: ‘There is a transformation happening in the art world. The first Investec Cape Town Art Fair Digital Event gives us an opportunity to support and showcase South African artists whilst continuing to connect with international galleries, businesses, media and creatives. While we still firmly believe that a digital event cannot replace the transformative nature of an in-person art experience, the digital event has accelerated our commitment to providing the best service to our galleries, artists, VIPs and visitors’.  

The Investec Cape Town Art FairDigital Event is free of charge. To register and attend, all that is required is online sign-up with Artshell via web or App to access.

A hybrid fair that will comprise of an in-person and digital event, running from 18-20 February 2022, will return to the Cape Town International Convention Centre next year for the ninth edition.  

For more information and updates on how to register, follow Investec Cape Town Art Fair on Twitter @ictartfair, Instagram @investeccapetownartfair and Facebook @ICTArtFair. Use the hashtag #ICTAFDigitalEvent

Career Guidance Available!!!!

The aftermath of the Covid-19 has left many South Africans without jobs and without any hope. The recent release of the unemployment statistics from Stats SA has revealed the high unemployment rate amongst the youth.

The official unemployment rate has marginally increased, growing to a record high of 32.6%, data from Stats SA shows

This has promoted Imbewu and Letho-kuhle foundation to take matters into their own hands.
Imbewu and Letho-Kuhle foundation will be hosting an event to assist Grade 12 students with online university applications for 2022.

The aim of the event is to ensure that an opportunity to succeed is available to disadvantaged Grade 12 students . Assisting the students with university applications will grant them access to the possibility of receiving higher tertiary education hereby reducing their chances of falling victim to the high unemployment rate.

Imbewu Foundation is an NGO that is aimed at the development of young girls in disadvantaged communities.
Letho-Kuhle Foundation is an NGO that is aimed at the development of youth in disadvantaged communities. The collaboration between the two foundations is befitting as they share a common goal to develop and empower the youth of this country.

Career guidance will be available, Graduates and industry professionals from various fields, they will be sharing their experiences from through university to the professions they specialise in.

“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.” —George Lucas

IT’S FIGHT WEEK

This Saturday Igeu Kabesa puts it all on the line against Brazil’s Reinaldo Ekson

Johannesburg, South Africa – EFC featherweight king, Igeu Kabesa returns to the Hexagon this Saturday for the first time in over two years. The wrestling powerhouse, turned knock-out artist puts his 145 pound title on the hook against the Brazilian warrior, Reinaldo Ekson.

Brazil’s Ekson, entered EFC submitting Tumisang Madiba in an incredible debut performance and is looking to claim his fifth straight win and EFC gold in the process.

The dominant champion with goals to gather titles from the biggest organisations in the world has recently come off emphatic wins against opponents from across the globe; South Africa, Brazil, Scotland and Croatia. He now faces another South American threat and another threat to his global aspirations.

The challenger enters the bout with 50% more MMA fight experience behind him than the champion and after last competing on the same fight card as Kabesa, he now competes in the same fight.

In the highly anticipated co-main event, Alain Ilunga goes head-to-head with Anicet Kanyeba for the interim lightweight title. With the champion, Joe Cummins unable to travel freely due to COVID 19 restrictions he’s been forced to decline a fight at this time, but with two challengers holding a combined 12 fight win streak between them, the divisional hierarchy continues.

EFC 86 MAIN CARD BOUTS – 18:00 CAT
Igeu Kabesa vs Ronaldo Ekson – Featherweight Championship
Alain Ilunga vs Anicet Kanyeba – Interim Lightweight Championship
Matunga Djikasa vs Ricky Misholas – Heavyweight
Luthando Biko vs Gian Souza – Flyweight
Robert Simbowe vs Rocky Ilunga – Lightweight

EFC 86 PRELIM BOUTS – 15:00 CAT
August Kayambala vs Warren Richards – Featherweight
Francois Cundari vs Khulekani Hlongwa – Light Heavyweight
Adrian Sanchez vs Rodrique Kena – Lightweight
Elvis Ngwalangwala vs Tapiwa Katikati – Lightweight
Amisi Kabeya vs Shannon van Tonder – Featherweight

Place your bets with World Sports Betting now!

EFC 86, Kabesa vs Ekson, is presented by Restonic and takes place on Saturday 12 June 2021 live from the EFC Performance Institute in JHB, South Africa (No spectators due to COVID 19 government restrictions). Broadcast information at http://www.efcworldwide.com.

About EFC® – The Extreme Fighting Championship®
Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, EFC is a world leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation. EFC produces 10 live events annually at sold out arenas. With over 200 athletes exclusively contracted to the organisation, EFC showcases the greatest warriors on the planet. 

EFC events are broadcast in over 120 countries around the world on numerous television networks in multiple languages. EFC programming is available weekly in 600+ million TV households globally, making it one of the most recognisable MMA brands in the world.

For more information visit efcworldwide.com, or follow us at Facebook:  facebook.com/EFCworldwide,
Twitter:twitter.com/EFCworldwide
Instagram: Instagram.com/EFCWorldwide.

Rain down on me

PENTECOST – The Christian festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension, held on the seventh Sunday after Easter.

As we celebrate the decent of the Holy Spirit I sit here thinking wow, My God is perfect, He is the Alpha and The Omega…..the All Loving Father who protects and has Our Lives in his hands.

HIS GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS….(cue koorkie…), His got the whole world in HIS hands….

The world is changing, we are in transition, the vaccinations are being administered, but we should still be vigilant and learn from how the virus has affected our lives….let’s continue to live our lives with love for our neighbors, for the protection of our families and our “brothers and sisters”. Let this day, the symbolism of the Holy Spirit be a moving force that drives our bodies into the direction Our Father intends.

Dear Lord, would you shower my pain
Let it rain, let it rain on me
While I cherish the air I breathe
I’m an angel, that can’t soar, can’t fly
And I, mastered it Lord knows whyhttps://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.musixmatch.com/&ved=2ahUKEwi04pWNwN_wAhUeUhUIHZahD4gQ5s4FMAN6BAgGEAU&usg=AOvVaw3FKm5HB8x0MfUAU7faHvg2

Be blessed and continue to live each day realising that it is a gift. You are a gift, I am a gift, we all our gifts that should be shared. We are wrapped in the Holy Spirit and just like the celebration of Pentecost let us unwrap ourselves and spread the LOVE that will only make this world a better place for all.

I feel like an angel, mend my broken wings
So I can soar again, Lord let me in
And through all the passion, the pain and the hurt
I feel like I’m fallin’ (Yeah)
Makin’ promises of love to those that spread love
And for those that can’t take it, stand up
Baby we gon’ make it
In the words of Marvin Gaye
War is not the answer…https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.musixmatch.com/&ved=2ahUKEwi04pWNwN_wAhUeUhUIHZahD4gQ5s4FMAN6BAgGEAU&usg=AOvVaw3FKm5HB8x0MfUAU7faHvg2

Keep smiling and spreading those positive vibes always…

Smile, smile, smile, smile, smile, smile, smile
‘Til the sun shines
Just smile for me
Just smile for me, just smile at me
Know in your heart, that we are free
Free to believe, whatever we feel
So feel somethin’ real, baby
Hey-hey…https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.musixmatch.com/&ved=2ahUKEwi04pWNwN_wAhUeUhUIHZahD4gQ5s4FMAN6BAgGEAU&usg=AOvVaw3FKm5HB8x0MfUAU7faHvg2

2 HUGE FIGHTS TO INVEST IN Faeez Jacobs vs. Sylvester Chipfumbu for EFC gold.Boyd Allen returns to the Hexagon to face Bruno Mukulu.

Johannesburg, South Africa – EFC is back and ready to shake up the sports world with massive fight news and ground breaking revolutionary changes. It is now official, EFC 85 is set to take place on Saturday 8 May headlined by champion Faeez Jacobs as he puts his EFC 135 pound division title on the line for the first time, against Zimbabwean former title contender, Sylvester Chipfumbu. EFC 85 will also herald the highly anticipated return of former featherweight champion Boyd Allen as he takes on welterweight veteran, Bruno Mukulu, in the lightweight division.

Cape Town’s Jacobs realised a life long dream on 10 August 2019 when he claimed the EFC title over the notorious Nkazimulo Zulu. Long heralded as one of the most exhilarating athletes on the EFC roster, Jacobs proclaimed “dreams do come true” to the thousands of fans in attendance on that fateful night. With a new champ upon the throne, a scramble emerged amongst the top contenders; all vying for the prized official No.1 contender spot. One man stood above them all, Zimbabwe’s Sylvester Chipfumbu. A lethal striker who came close to capturing gold previously, is determined to manifest Jacobs’ own words.

Former champion Boyd Allen makes his long awaited return to the sport of MMA when he faces the powerful Bruno Mukulu. The last time fans saw Allen in EFC was November 2017, where he defeated Scottish contender Calum Murrie in clinical fashion. Allen took his unorthodox striking to boxing where he had incredible success, claiming various titles. The thrill of an EFC fight is large, and the legend has returned. Mukulu is renowned for his explosivity and athleticism. He has faced many EFC middle and welterweight champions, and is now taking his strengths down to the lightweight division.

“It’s been a long time since we have been in action,” started VP of Talent, Graeme Cartmell. “We are putting on the biggest fight card possible and this is just the beginning!”

In a unique and strategic move, it has recently been disclosed that EFC, the continent’s largest and leading MMA organisation, will be making 20% of equity in the business available to athletes and supporters within the next few weeks.

“We are looking forward to being the first African sports property owned by the athletes themselves,” said EFC president Cairo Howarth. “Supporters will also have the opportunity to invest alongside the athletes in the EFC organisation.”

Howarth concluded, “After a few quieter months due to the government COVID restrictions around sport, EFC has seen a resurgence of interest with the announcement of the return to live action, the EFC 85 fight card and the unique investment offering. We are excited for a busy second quarter of 2021.”

EFC 85, Jacobs vs. Chipfumbu, is presented by World Sports Betting and takes place on Saturday 8 May 2021. Broadcast information at http://www.efcworldwide.com.

About EFC® – The Extreme Fighting Championship®
Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, EFC is a world leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation. EFC produces 10 live events annually at sold out arenas. With over 200 athletes exclusively contracted to the organisation, EFC showcases the greatest warriors on the planet. 

EFC events are broadcast in over 120 countries around the world on numerous television networks in multiple languages. EFC programming is available weekly in 600+ million TV households globally, making it one of the most recognisable MMA brands in the world.

For more information visit efcworldwide.com, or follow us at Facebook:  facebook.com/EFCworldwide,
Twitter:twitter.com/EFCworldwide
Instagram: Instagram.com/EFCWorldwide.

SEA-STAIN-ABILITY

SEA – Home to up to 80% of all life on Earth

STAIN – our ocean is being stained/ tainted by over fishing, “unnecessary” killings of marine life and plastic pollution

ABILITY – what do we as humans do? What abilities do we have to help protect our ocean and the future of our planet.

I am a lover of the ocean, you could call me a water baby…..a cool dip in the sea is refreshing for the body and mind that is why I love living in Cape Town, South Africa.

The ocean has so many benefits to healthy living:

7 Benefits of Cold Water Swimming

1. It boosts your immune system

2. It gives you a natural high

3. It improves your circulation

4. It increases your libido

5. It burns calories

6. It reduces stress

7. It is a great way of socialising and making new friends

I just watched the new documentary on Netflix, Seaspiracy and was shocked at what is happening to our sea life. At first I thought it was a documentary how pollution is killing OUR ocean life, but on a deeper level it was more disturbing than that.

I learnt that plastic pollution is not the only thing that is killing our ocean life, it is but a miniscule element to the bigger picture….the documentary unravels the various other factors that are damaging our beautiful ocean and planet. The various interviews within the documentary are shocking and the footage cringe-worthy to say the least but it is a real eye opener. It seemed to me like the love for money is the real evil.

There are some drastic step that can be taken and are needed to avoid the ocean being depleted of its natural resources and in effect destroying our beautiful planet…it all starts with small steps by you and I.

“Most of the positive and negative things that bring about change in human civilization start with someone….some “one”, and no one can do everything, but everyone can do something and sometimes big ideas make a big difference. That is what we can do, that is what YOU can do right now. Look in the mirror, figure it out…..GO FOR IT!” – Sylvia Earle – Seaspiracy

It is the small things that make the big differences, imagine a world where we cannot enjoy a swim in the sea because of pollution or people who depend on fish for food cannot eat because of over-fishing….it is a bleak reality but if we work together educate ourselves we can all enjoy what this world has to offer properly.

LIVE EFC FIGHTS ARE BACK!First event scheduled for 8 May

Johannesburg, South Africa – EFC is set to make a massive return to form in just under 8 weeks time with it’s first event since the South African national lockdown, set for 8 May. Mega fights, ground breaking revolutionary changes to MMA and more to be revealed over the next few days.

During the lockdown EFC continued to sign additional broadcast deals with the most popular television channels across Africa, so although for the upcoming months EFC events won’t have fans in attendance in the actual arena, EFC partner brands and athletes will now get more value and promotion across the continent than ever before; with many millions more watching on TV.

Going forward there are over 30 of the largest TV channels in Africa that live EFC events and other EFC programming will be broadcast on. All heavily integrated with EFC partner branding and showcasing EFC athletes. In the next 12 months EFC will be one of the most watched sport and entertainment properties in Africa, promoting partner brands and EFC athletes to tens of millions of viewers; joining the current millions of fans across the globe. EFC provides the best value TV marketing in Africa right now.

“We are excited about the future of EFC,” stated EFC President Cairo Howarth. “With this massive new audience that we are gaining, our athletes are really eager to get back in action and compete for the top spot.” He added, “EFC has adapted to this situation, and will be producing the highest quality product.”

EFC will host the first live bouts at EFC 85 on 8 May 2021, with 7 further events planned over the remainder of the year.

EFC 2021 Schedule:

EFC 85: Sat, 8 May 2021

EFC 86: Sat, 12 June 2021

EFC 87: Sat, 3 July 2021

EFC 88: Sat, 14 August 2021

EFC 89: Sat, 11 September 2021

EFC 90: Sat, 9 October 2021

EFC 91: Sat, 6 November 2021

EFC 92: Sat, 4 December 2021

“Thanks so much to all our partners, athletes, coaches and the fans for all the support over the years.” Howarth concluded, “With more people watching sport on TV, now is the best time to capitalise on the platform and reach and the following that we have built over the years.”

Bout announcements coming soon.

About EFC® – The Extreme Fighting Championship®
Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, EFC is a world leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation. EFC produces 10 live events annually at sold out arenas. With over 200 athletes exclusively contracted to the organisation, EFC showcases the greatest warriors on the planet. 

EFC events are broadcast in over 120 countries around the world on numerous television networks in multiple languages. EFC programming is available weekly in 600+ million TV households globally, making it one of the most recognisable MMA brands in the world.

For more information visit efcworldwide.com, or follow us at Facebook:  facebook.com/EFCworldwide,
Twitter:twitter.com/EFCworldwide
Instagram: http://Instagram.com/EFCWorldwide.

https://youtu.be/fTFaC4NlMLs – video promo

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE 2021 IPAF

Walk, run or cycle it!

The International Public Arts Festival (IPAF) – one of Africa’s largest and most anticipated public arts festivals – is set to entrance visitors from 10-14 February 2021. Attracting top talent from South Africa and overseas, the fifth edition of the IPAF promises a dazzling array of captivating art installations.

The five-day event is hosted by Baz-Art, a street art platform that uses painted murals to create conversations and dialogues. “For this special fifth edition of the IPAF, our motto is: walk, run or cycle it! We have designed 6 tours of various lengths from 3km for our walking families, up to 30 km for our sportsmen and women”, says Baz-Art co-founder, Alexandre Tilmans. Each itinerary has been carefully crafted so that you may discover the best street and public art pieces the city has to offer. The tour routes are exploring prominent neighbourhoods in Cape Town such as Salt River, Woodstock, East City District, City Bowl, Waterfront precinct and Sea Point. Visitors can anticipate immersive guided or self-guided walking and cycling tours, with stringent Covid-19 protocols in place.

Festival organiser Lauren Fletcher says, “The IPAF showcases our homegrown talent such as Bazil BaxterElizabeth Kruger and Njabulo Hlophe and other exceptional street artists from overseas. Our focus is on family-friendly walking and cycling tours this year. These are a safe, exciting 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 picture of Cape Town and Africa at large.

“Tour guides will be available should you wish to benefit from their profound professional knowledge. We will also be offering virtual tours for the first time to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the art.”

Fletcher adds that there’s a strong focus on sustainability and promoting Cape Town as a creative force in the global arena. “We are proud to partner with the City to showcase Cape Town as an art and touristic hub. In keeping with our sustainability commitment, we’ve partnered with Viva con Agua, an NGO that promotes water and sanitation conservation. Our project will see seven local and international artists depict a health superhero through wall murals and comic books. These stories will educate children on the importance of preserving our precious resources, and foster an awareness for global issues around water, sanitation, and hygiene.”

Community is another major focus of the IPAF. The Salt River community is one of the main beneficiaries of the event. Nur Meyer, a Salt River resident and renowned gardener, says, “The art makes Salt River look and feel positive. The IPAF is great, it keeps the area alive and the community together. Everyone enjoys the art on the walls as it makes the area more interesting.”

Mogamat Moosa Stellenboom, another Salt River resident who facilitates the IPAF’s logistics, adds, “The IPAF helps create more jobs for our young people and attracts tourists here. It gives us a chance to show people that there’s more to Salt River than meets the eye.”

Baz-Art co-founder, Alexandre Tilmans, says the event will rigorously adhere to strict Covid-19 protocols to prioritise the safety of the public, participating creatives and the Baz-Art team. 

“The team will be tested before the event and we will continue with current best-practice protocols such as daily temperature checking. 

“At the IPAF, masks will be mandatory, and viewings will be limited to small, distanced groups between installations. Sanitiser stations will be strategically positioned to maximise availability. Brochures will also be appropriately distributed and downloadable maps will be accessible. All government recommendations will be incorporated to keep South Africans and international guests safe. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.”

Read up more about IPAF 2021 here