It’s true that AfrikaBurn organises the event, but to create Streetopia takes a village – and that village is Obs!
It’s with great thanks that we acknowledge the support of businesses and civic organisations in helping us to make Streetopia happen. You can identify official supporters by the sticker you see below – when next you’re strolling around our hood and spot the Supporter sticker, pop in and say hi, and thank them for helping to make the event happen.
If you know of anyone in the area that would like to support Streetopia, please let them know about our Donate page, thanks.
Primary Supporter for 2018 Event: National Lotteries Commission
We’re very happy to announce that primary funding for our 2018 event has been received from the National Lotteries Commission. The funding will assist our 2018 event in the following areas:
– event site infrastructure
– equipment & materials
– safety & security (municipal and private services)
– catering for artists and volunteers
– transport (for artists, performers and event artworks)
– permanent artwork installations (murals and streetlights)
– local youth development
– project co-ordinator
– communications assistant
– research assistant
– arts administration assistant
Visit the National Lotteries Commission website to find out about other projects supported by the NLC.
Civic Organisation Partners
To stage our event in a residential neighbourhood could not happen without the support of civic organisations who assist with logistical, infrastructural and municipal event needs such as waste management, traffic and safety co-ordination, road closures, sanitation and many other aspects. Below are civic partners whose support the event team are very grateful for:
These are the guys that help Obs to be safer, cleaner and smarter – and we owe a great debt of gratitude to their team for assisting Streetopia with elements such as logistics, snaitation and street cleaning – and also for help with keeping the event area secure during the setup, the event duration, and afterward.
Observatory Civic Association
Performing the role of an interface between the Obs community and municipal and governmental organisations, the OCA have been of great help to Streetopia in assisting to alert the business community to the event and ways in which it can be supported.
City Of Cape Town
Facilitating our event’s permit and providing support in the form of essential event services such as Traffic officers on the day, the City is a partner in Streetopia and in the continued growth of our event.
2018 Business Supporters
33 Degrees South Backpackers (48 Trill Rd)
Offering a home away from home for many visitors to Obs, this is a cosy little place that offers the adventure of a hostel residence, with the luxury of a hotel. Many thanks to Natasha and Maletuka for their continued support!
African Heart Backpackers (27 Station Rd)
Afro-chic accommodation at a great price? Great vibes at a fantastic location? You can’t go wrong by choosing African Heart backpackers, whether recommending it to visitors, or for a stay of your own. Many thanks for the support, AH!
Bang Bang Vintage (65 Lower Main Rd)
Boots and bags and jackets and amazing vintage? They’ve got it all – and a lot more – over at Bang Bang. Stock is updated often, and some of the pieces are rare one-offs of the type that you won’t find anywhere else. If vintage or classic gear is your thing, you’ve either made them a staple, or about to.
Blue Bottles Liquor Store (173 Lower Main Rd)
A firm favourite with locals on the northern end of Lower Main Rd, Blue Bottles features an amazing selection of spirits and wine, considering the relatively small size of the premises. Staff are always friendly – and we value their continued support!
Find out more on the Blue Bottles website.
Bohemian Lofts Backpackers (41 Trill Rd)
Located right in the heart of our hood, above our busy main strip on Lower Main, Bohemian Lofts does what it says on the tin, offering a quirky and colourful place to stay for short or long spells – making it a favourite for students and visitors who want an ideal location that’s cosy and smack bang in the thick of it.
Dolce Bakery (239C Lower Main Rd)
A massively popular destination for lunchtimers and students, Dolce is Obs’s very own beacon of baked delights, that offers a wide selection of freshly-made eats and treats for both the sweet and the savoury tooth.
You can find their website here for more info.
Hello Sailor Bistro (86 Lower Main Rd)
If it’s burgers and beers – or sailor cool – that you’re after, we can recommend the fantastic Hello Sailor. Always a great vibe, this is where the staff add to the experience by always being friendly. Many thanks for the donation!
Jerry’s Burger Bar (123 Lower Main Rd)
Swaggering with vintage tattoo cool, this is one of the very best burger bars anywhere – and it’s located smack bang in the middle of Lower Main Rd’s bustling strip. Tuck into their great menu while you soak up some authentic tattoo history.
Maids Of Honour (62a Lower Main Rd)
Featuring a fresh & funky mix of classic and vintage garments and accessories, Maids is a must-stop fashion experience that offers everyone something to their taste.
Mango Ginger (27 Lower Main Rd)
Located in the heart of our hood, Mango Ginger’s growth over the years is a testament to their popularity with both locals and visitors. Catering to a very wide range of diets and tastes, their menu and premises have both bloomed and in ten years, theirs has become a sought-after destination that keeps customers coming back for more.
Obz Cafe (115 Lower Main)
They’ve been a landmark in our area for 20 – count them, t w e n t y – years, and are a solid-gold institution and a part of the fabric and lore of our hood. Doing a fine job of retaining the character of one of our best examples of Victorian architecture, Obz Cafe rocks our world and
Observatory Backpackers (235 Lower Main Rd)
A firm favourite with many visitors and students in our area, this is the double-storey building on Lower Main Rd that’s decorated with fantastic murals. Rumour has it they have a secret garden that’s a lush oasis enjoyed by all who get the privilege.
Nevernew (15b Lower Main Rd)
Located at the far end of Lower Main Rd, there’s a treasure trove of vintage and second hand threads – and a wide range of amazing accessories – that add up to a fantastic way to spend some time. Chantal – who has headed up Nevernew since establishing it 4 years ago – has a sharp eye for solid-gold vintage classics, and it shows.
Check out their Facebook page here.
The Scrumpy Jack (92 Lower Main Rd)
Any resident or visitor that takes a stroll along Lower Main won’t fail to spot the ever-popular Scrumpy’s. With a great selection of food and drink available this is the hangout of many a local character – and any place that happily declares itself a Dive Bar is always bound to have a great vibe, everytime.
The Urban Cloud (77 Lower Main Rd)
The vape revolution has come to Obs – and you can find it happening at The Urban Cloud, our very own hotspot for the kind of clouds of smoke that won’t leave you smelling like you smoke 20 a day.
2017 Supporter List
Below is a list of supporters of our 2017 event.
Green Elephant Backpackers
Opened in the first year of democracy in South Africa – 1994 – the Green Elephant is a well-known feature of Obs and a beacon for visitors from all over the globe. With a laid-back atmosphere (and great pizzas on Thursday nights), this is something of an Obs institution that’s also an actively green business, doing their bit for our planet.
Hello Sailor (86 Lower Main Rd)
Bursting with cool factor and thus a destination for many residents and visitors alike, Hello Sailor’s got it all, from hip young cats to burgers that border on spiritual experiences and on to picklebacks that’ll have you saving gherkin juice forever after.
1890 House Sushi (40 Trill Rd)
If words sashimi, nori and wasabi get your tastebuds roaring for action, then this humble but fabulously popular sushi joint is right up your alley, and is just down Trill Road. Sushi fundis swear by the quality and freshness – and many an Obs resident would go nowhere else for their fish fix (or for their range of Asian spirits and beers).
Honeybun (107 Lower Main Rd)
Powered by great coffee and a delicious menu, this is a regular destination for both residents and visitors in Obs alike. It’s no surprise that they’ve been voted one of the Top 10 Coffee Houses in Cape Town.
Obz KwikSpar (67 Station Rd)
Our friendly neighbourhood everything, which is a family-run affair, located across the road from our Village Green. Thanks to the Obz KwikSpar for their support!
Linko Restaurant (88 Lower Main Rd)
A firm favourite with residents who like their sushi or Chinese delicious and authentic, Linko’s great prices are matched by their range and friendly staff.
A Touch Of Madness (12 Nuttall Rd)
Fancy a dash of Irish fol music with your craft beer? Perhaps a tasty dollop of drum ‘n bass with your samoosa? Enjoy bumping into an assortment of Obs characters and personalities after a long day’s graft? ATOM is where you’ll find all of this and more, in a cosy old house that’s versatile enough to host regular poetry readings, hen’s parties, Obs Neighbourhood watch meetiongs and a whole lot more.
Voom-Voom Vintage (15 Lower Main Rd)
One of this year’s biggest supporters – and also now a feature area of the 2017 event – Voom-Voom is the home of all things retro, vintage and ever-so-cool. If you’re into classic threads or accessories, furniture, cameras or seriously authentic vinyl, this is where you’ll find it all, and much more.
Check out their Facebook page here.
Cape Tattoo Co.
Taking tattoo to the next level, Cape Tattoo’s Kenneth has earened himself a reputation for his outstanding skills with skin and ink. From small pieces to intricate custom jobs, his work speaks for itself.
Trenchtown (143 Lower Main Rd)
A longstanding and popular joint, Trenchtown’s hosted innumerable live band and DJ performances over the years, offering a home to a wide and eclectic range of customers. Always a buzzing vibe, this is the venue that always offers something interesting to check out, whether trance nights, drumming sessions, shisa nyama or just laid back rasta vibrations.
The Forex Bar (92-96 Station Rd)
Forex is the de facto international visitor’s lounge for Obs, attracting a wide spread of the many students our hood appeals to. It’s also the favoured haunt for many business meetings and after-hours drinks, with a great vibe at any time.
Hawkes & Findlay (57 Station Rd)
An Obs institution that’s been around for over 50 years, this is our friendly neighbourhood hardware store where you’re always treated as a valued customer. Home to just about every single item of DIY and hardware you could ever possibly want.
Mimi The Delicious Food Company (78 Lower Main Rd)
Home from home for many residents and visitors, Mimi is a favourite on account of the delicious homemade selection on offer. Located at a prime position for people watching, or just enjoying the passing parade along Lower Main.
Obs Bottle Store (70 Lower Main Rd)
Not many family liquor stores can boast a length of service that stretches back to 1925 – and for that matter, not many bottle stores feature the incredible range of brands and products that this neighbourhood store does. A Streetopia supporter from the start!
Massive thanks to all businesses that have shown their support thus far – their donations are helping our event to fund more art and activities on the day so our event grows, and truly becomes a community affair. If you’re in the area, show them some love!