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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 indoor and street 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.




Best Dressed Contest

Everyone is encouraged to dress up in their best, or in costume – and look our for the Fashion Police, who issue tickets inviting folks to strut their stuff in our Best Dressed Contest, which takes place on our Village Green stage at 5:30pm, closes our event schedule.

*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.



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

Village Green Stage Schedule

(2018 schedule will be listed here on November 16th)

Take note: our Best Dressed Contest closes our Village Green Stage at 5:30pm. 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




The Shrine Stage

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

10am         Cuito
11               Seventhgaze
12              Bujin Bujee
13              Lady Venom
14              J-Cue
15              Cody Losper x Irshaad Samaai
16-close   Mikey x Schumi x Shift Mawelele x Lyon

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



Set up and contributed by the Obviouzly Armchair Backpackers and Pub, this is now an annual feature in the mix – and it’s all thanks to the efforts of Obs resident Mark Neville, and the generosity of Armchair owners and Obs locals Mike & Faith.

1.30 – 2.30: Sidewalk Stories
3.00 – 4.00: Sam Jam
4.30 – 6.00: Southbound

Many thanks to all involved for keeping the vibe alive!





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, a small live music stage can also be found at Voom-Voom Vintage at junction of of Lower Main Road and Norfolk Rd.



Voom Voom Stage

Thanks to the participation and interest of business owners on the far end of Lower Main Rd, our event footprint has extended to Norfolk Rd, 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.



NEW in 2018: Vintage Obs Day!

We’re very happy to announce that the fantastic Vintage Obs Day will be part of our 2018 event! Thanks to the efforts of Obs resident Hazel Walton, who has convened classic auto and bike shows over the last few years, the newly-extended portion of our event from Collingwood to St Michael’s Roads will see a spread of classic and vintage autos and bikes on display. Also in this area, you’ll be able to find petrolhead and vintage-auto-related stalls, food trucks – and a selection of Mutant Vehicles from AfrikaBurn events past.

If you have a classic or vintage auto or motorcycle, and you’d like to display it on the day, contact starstruckautos@gmail.com

Thanks to everyone involved in making Vintage Obs Day part of this year’s event!

(see Vintage Obs day’s Facebook Page here)



Obs artist and designer Ian Mackie will be hosting his ‘Sealife Drawing’ exhibition at 2 Trill Rd (ex-Tagore’s), with the exhibition taking place on the ground floor, and an art sale on the upper floor.



Also in the area on the day will be the fabulous Garden of O D D  – which is having its opening day on our event day, December 1st. Curated by Lisa Grobler and Ms Jones, you can visit them at 331 Lower Main Road – and find their Facebook event page here.


We’ll be updating this list as more news comes in about installations and exhibitions.





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.