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The Event


When is Streetopia?

The 2018 event is on Saturday the 1st of December, with the official event schedule starting at 10am and ending at 6pm.

The reason for an early close (and the lack of large stages with headline acts and performers) is to ensure that Streetopia remains a family-friendly event which benefits the neighbourhood and its residents by providing enough time for the crew and volunteers to clean the area and remove all decor and installations, leaving it in a better state than it was found.


Where does the event take place?

In 3 main areas in central Observatory, Cape Town:

– Obs Village Green and Community Centre (Station Rd & surrounds)
– From Station Rd to St Michael’s Rd
– From Station Rd to Norfolk Rd

(see our map below for the precise areas and roads subject to closure)


How much does it cost?

It’s 100% free, gratis & mahala.

There’s no charge for anyone, including residents, to enjoy or participate in the variety of activities on the day. As a non-profit community based event, nobody’s looking to make any money from the event – but it does still cost money to stage it. If you’d like to know more about the costs and logistics involved or would like to support Streetopia with funding, check out our Donate page.





What activities take place on the day*?

A wide range of artworks from AfrikaBurn and Cape Town-based artists are displayed (large sculptures, as well as indoor and outdoor exhibitions), whilst performances of music, dance, poetry, drumming and so on also take place at a variety of venues. Found throughout the event area are also a large number of market stalls featuring art, craft and homemade products created by residents of Obs and surrounds.

*Please note that as a community event featuring a large amount of volunteered content (including much of the artworks and performance), everything is subject to change. This includes all lineups, and scheduled activities.


On the Village Green

The stage on the Green will run from 10am until 6pm and will feature a range of live music on a small stage, with performances taking place from 10am – 6pm.

Village Green Stage

(2018 schedule will be listed as & when performances are confirmed)

Take note: our Best Dressed Contest will take place on the Village Green Stage – and you’re invited!
For more info on the Best Dressed, see this post.

Also located on the Village Green:

– Decor and artworks from AfrikaBurn
– The event’s Info booth
– Event operations centre, security and medics
– Community Rangers are located here (but will also be roaming the event)
– Volunteer booth
– Public toilets (including wheelchair access)

If you have art, decor or an activity you’d like to bring on the day, please email streetopia@afrikaburn.com



Trill Rd

(stage content & location to be confirmed closer to event dates)



The Shrine

This stage is dedicated to the memory of Fela Anikalupo Kuti, the Lion of the Kalakuta Republic and amongst Africa’s greatest musical stars.

Thanks to Cuito Naude and the Shrine crew players for stepping up and organising The Shrine!

(stage content and location TBC)


In The Market

Located on Lower Main Rd between Station and Norfolk Road, our market will feature stalls run by many residents of Obs, Salt River, Mowbray and surrounds, in keeping with Streetopia being a community event that seeks to have residents participate in and benefit from the event. These will be complemented by a range of stalls offering craft, art, vintage and retro items.





In addition to the variety of activities that will take place along Lower Main Rd in this area, small music stages will be positioned in the Trill Rd area, and also in the vicinity of Voom-Voom Vintage at the far end of Lower Main Road.



Voom Voom Stage

Thanks to the participation and interest of business owners on the far end of Lower Main Rd, our event footprint was extended until Norfolk Rd in 2017, where a small stage will be hosted thanks to the efforts and support of Fred Spider and Chantal from Voom-Voom Vintage and Nevernew. Many thanks to them and the residents of the area for enabling this area’s activities.

Art, installations and buskers will also feature along Lower Main Rd and surrounds, including throughout the market stall area.

If you have a performance or activity you’d like to add to the mix in this area, you’re welcome to simply come along on the day (if it’s a relatively small activity) or, if it requires a space and some co-ordination, email streetopia@afrikaburn.com or see the info on our Participate page for our team to provide assistance.




Road Closures

An extended portion of Lower Main Road will feature market stalls, buskers and other activities. The road closure areas are subject to change by the City of Cape Town, but are proposed as restricted access points along the following intersections:

– Trill, Darien, Bowden, Wrensch and Sussex roads (access provided for residents)
– Station & Lower Main, and Lower Main just before St Michael’s (with traffic still able to pass onto Lower Main, as St Michael’s will not be closed off)



Please note: Traffic will be able to skirt around the event area using the designated alternative routes on the day between the hours of 10am and 6pm. Thereafter, all roads will be open as usual once the event crew and traffic marshalls safely clear each portion of road.

PARKING: Obs Primary School made its field available as parking for attendees of the 2017 event, and this may continue to be the case for the 2018 event. Please make use of this safe parking, in order to ensure residents are not parked in or inconvenienced.

The event will have signage and traffic marshalls stationed at every road closure point and at high-traffic areas to ensure the smooth and safe movement of crowds and vehicles. Residents below Lower Main Rd affected by closures will be provided with Access Passes, and traffic marshalls will be stationed at intersections to assist them.

If you require any info regarding Streetopia, email streetopia@afrikaburn.com and a member of the organising committee will get back to you.

Info line for Obs residents

In order to ensure residents’ homes in the vicinity of the event area are free of traffic problems, signage and traffic marshalls will be stationed in the relevant areas. If you’re an Obs resident and wish to contact the event team during the event period due to any access issues or noise concerns, please call 021 447 4010 and the matter will be attended to.