Thousands expected at annual Obs fest
THE ANNUAL Observatory Arts Festival is taking place this weekend with many of Cape Town’s top performers and artists taking part.
The festival started at 6pm last night and runs until tomorrow afternoon.
Several roads in the area have been closed for the festivities, including Lower Main at Gordon Road, Drake Street at Collingwood Road, Drake Street at Anson Road, Station Road at Herschel Road, Trill Road at Herschel Road, Nuttal Road at Norwich Lane, Lower Main at Bowden, Trill Road at Oxford Road, Station Road at Arnold Street, and the Sussex cul-de-sac.
The festival is expected to run until midnight tonight with security present until at least 2.30am and until 4pm tomorrow.
The organisers are expecting several thousand people at the event which includes live musical acts like Hot Water, Dan Patlansky, Aking, Mark Haze, the Rudimentals and Kombat Fudge. There is also a “village green” with craft market, street performers, visual art, spoken word poetry, an interactive graffiti mural and several of the area’s galleries will be open.
“The festival is organised by The Observatory Village of Arts NPO (Obs Arts), founded in 2010 with the objective to promote and develop arts and culture in the area and greater Cape Town,” the organisers said.
“Profits made by the company are re-invested in projects to further develop art as a means for social change. Observatory has a high ratio of resident artists and a community working actively to improve safety, security and sociability.”