Cape Town is South Africa’s hub of creativity and it comes as no surprise that our streets are filled with breathtaking works of art conceptualised and created by local artists and international creatives.

Grafitti and street art are forms of creative expression that differ in medium, style and technique. This urban creative form originally boomed in the early 1980s and has grown exponentially since then.

Graffiti and street art are not exactly the same thing. People who identify as graffiti artists, pride themselves in their can control and make use of spray paint as their main artistic media, however, those who identify as street artists make use of a larger number of media to create their work, and sometimes use brushes as well as various other textiles.

Here are some beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces you can view and enjoy right here in our lively Cape Town neighbourhoods:

s t r e e t | art tour with the very awesome @kiffkombitours 💚. Drew and Sophie drove me around the neighborhoods of Woodstock and District Six, sharing some of the history of these areas while pointing out significant pieces of street art. This is a work by Australian artist Mike Makatron, who often paints animals in urban settings to remind people of their connection to nature and their impact on it. One of the most renowned areas for street art in Cape Town, and a neighborhood that is quickly gentrifying and evolving, I learnt how Woodstock has always been a mixed community, both from a race and a religious standpoint, a place where white, black and mixed race people, Jews, Christians and Muslims have lived harmoniously side-by-side. Unlike District Six, its equally multi-racial neighbour, Woodstock somehow survived forced removal under apartheid rule. Admittedly (and rather embarrassingly) my knowledge of the history here in Cape Town is rather slim, and I was shocked to drive through and learn more about District Six (a community of 60,000 people on the slopes of Table Mountain, that was flattened by bulldozers in the mid-1970s). Woodstock on the other hand was left untouched. Street art has given people here a platform to express their views against the harsh laws that oppressed and racially discriminated their people. #capetown #itsbeautifulhere

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Aimee Pace

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