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As a community event, Streetopia is open to collaboration from residents, artists, businesses and anyone who’s interested in contributing to the event in any way. It’s your event – on the day, the streets are open to you and the only limit is your creativity.

There are many ways you can participate:

– stage a performance
– create an artwork and display it
– host activities in one of the event areas
– take a stall in the market
– volunteer to assist the event team
– support the event through a donation

Take a look at below for specific info on ways to be a part of the event:


Streetopia would not happen without the involvement of the artistic community and residents of Obs and surrounding areas, and there are many ways to get involved. Create an artwork, stage a performance, make some home-baked goods or by dress up in costume to add to the colour and vibe of the day – or simply attend with freinds & families to enjoy the wide range of activities the event will feature on the day.

In addition, and in keeping with the aim of Streetopia to be a community-based event, residents from Obs and surrounds are given preference in the market are, which is open to homemade goods, food & (non-alcoholic) beverages, clothing and craft.

If you’re interested in contributing an activity to the event, email streetopia@afrikaburn.com

(please note that from November 22nd, no spaces on stages are possible, as all slots are now taken – but if you have a performance or activity you would like to add to the event, you’re more than welcome to come along and do your thing. Our event team just would not be able to provide power, or other infrastructure due to all resources being dedicated to scheduled events etc).

Please also note: Market Stall applications for this year’s event are now closed.



There aren’t many stages at our event, and we’ve had an incredible response from performers for the 2017 event. This means all slots on live stages are now filled until further notice. If you’re interested in performing as a busker, feel free to simply pitch up on the day!



It takes a village to create Streetopia – and many hands on deck to make it run smoothly, so if you’re in the area, and are interested in volunteering, we’d love to have you on board. There are many ways you can volunteer for Streetopia:

– lend a hand with the erection of signage (or painting signs at AfrikaBurn’s workyard located in Obs)
– help with erection of artworks or decor on the day, and taking them down
– volunteer to become a Community Ranger (community mediator) – training dates published here soon
– transportation of artworks and decor

If you’re interested in volunteering, here are some of the areas we could use your hands:


Set up & Strike

This is the team that assist in erecting and placing event infrastructure. It’s a great way to get to meet the people involved in creating some of the magic of the event, and the work is done on the Friday evening before our event day, and then again on the Saturday evening to pack it down and put it away.

Click here to assist with Setup

Breakdown Crew

What goes up must come down – and it’s only achieced with the willing assistance of a bunch of folks keen to wrap the event up well, and on time.

If you’d like to assist with striking the event, click here.


Art Assistants

If you’ve got a love for artworks, and have a keen eye for the best location for a piece that will bring out its best, this one’s for you.

Show your love for Art right here.


Leave No Trace

As our event team seeks to leave the entire event area in a better state than we found it, we’re looking for eagle-eyed volunteers who can assist with identifying MOOP (matter out of place) and ensuring it’s managed so that the residents of Obs wake up to a spotless neighbourhood after the day’s done. If you’re interested in helping in this area, you can sign up for shifts.

Leave No Trace fan? Sign up right here.


Community Rangers

These are community mediators – they’re not the cops – and the kind of person that’s ideal is part lifeguard, part mediator, part troubadour! If you think you fit that description, sign up and prepare to have a great day meeting all sorts of people.

Step up and Ranger right here.


General Volunteer?

If you’d rather assist as a general volunteer, no problem click here– see which shifts are available to you.

Thanks to everyone that’s stepped up and offered their help so far!




In supporting the event, Civil Society Organisation, Non-Governmental Organisations and civic organisations would have the option to erect an information stall at which they could provide information on their service and engage in signing up residents to become active members of their organisation. They would also be able to sign volunteers up to assist with the event, and undergo Community Ranger Training. Rangers are community mediators, and training would be held in Obs over October and November prior to the date of Streetopia 2017. 

Opportunities for these organisations to engage with the Obs community and event attendees include (but aren’t limited to):

– engaging in street-based activities
– participating in discussions held at the event
– distribution of information

NOTE: as of Wednesday 22nd November, all spaces available for stalls (including NGO’s and CSO’s are now taken. If you have a street activation and have all you require, feel free to come along and check in with our team on the Village Green to alert them to your activity).

Streetopia thanks OBSID, the Obs Civic Association and the Obs Business Forum for their support!



The 2017 event will see the section of Lower Main Rd transformed into a vibrant market space, with preference given to Obs-based food, (non-alcoholic) beverage and craft vendors. For Obs businesses that fall outside the event footprint, this would be a means to benefit from trade on the day, as well as raise awareness of their location, products and services. This is line with the focus of Streetopia being a community-based event which actively seeks to involve residents and serve the community it’s located in.

Please note: Market Stall applications for our 2017 event are now closed.




On November 29th 2015, the first Streetopia was hosted in Observatory with the support, participation and engagement of local civic organisations, residents and artists from AfrikaBurn and the Obs community. The event saw over 3000 people enjoy a day filled with art, performance and a wide variety of activities – all for free.

Businesses in the event area enjoyed a bumper day’s trade, and for many of those selling food and drink, this extended into the evening. This was also the case in 2016, with even greater numbers of community members and visitors enjoying the day on our streets, engaging with the many activities that are laid on for free.

With Streetopia now well-established and generating a positive sentiment in Obs and beyond, a larger number of people are expected to participate in the 2017 event – which would again benefit businesses in Observatory.

However, AfrikaBurn (who provided funding for the event in 2015 & 2016 to the tune of R200 000) cannot continue to fund the event alone. This is why an appeal is being made to business owners in the area to support Streetopia through a donation that would go towards ensuring the event is sustainable and can continue to attract a diverse number of residents, Capetonians and also a large number of international students to the area on the day – and to be repeat visitors for Obs and its businesses.

In providing support to the event, supporting businesses will enjoy the following:

– listing on the event guide map and on this website, and also on Streetopia’s Facebook page
– opportunity to partner with performers in the vicinity of their premises
– designation as a supporter through posters & stickers placed at the entrance of business premises
– option to host a stall in the marketplace (excludes alcohol vendors)

For more info on how businesses can support the event, please see this page.



Thank you to all residents, business owners and civic organisations for their partnership and support – Streetopia simply would not be possible without it!