Thou­sands ex­pected at an­nual Obs fest

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - WEEK­END AR­GUS REPORTER

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.”

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