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This blog features news, pictures and event info to keep you updated with what is happening in the world of South African graffiti and street art.

2017 Round-up: January to July


New Graffiti SA banner by Onlock

Almost two thirds of our way through calendar year 2017, here are some updates from the streets to the screens…

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Mr Ekse’s ‘JoVendorsBurg’ mural. Johannesburg, 2017. Photo: Cale Waddacor

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EVENT \\ Live Graffiti: Celebrating the Life of 4givn

Come join the celebration of an incredible legacy, in loving memory of Durban graffiti artist Delon 4GIVN Moody. “All he ever wanted was to make everyone happy, so let us celebrate his incredible legacy the way he would’ve wanted - full of paint!”

Friday, 7th April 2017 at The Winston Pub, Glenwood

Live graffiti by: WosOne, Taik, Stops, Mook Lion, Spook, Giffy, Hoser.

Tribute piece by Mook Lion, Winston Pub (2016).
Photo by @DurbanStreetArt - check them out on Instagram.

http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/2016/04/15/rip-4givn/

EVENT \\ ULTRA Langa

The Langa Quarter Street Art Competition is back for 2016, re-branded as ULTRA, the event has been ongoing through this week with pieces nearing completion…

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2015 Round-up: Year In Review (Highlights)

We’re kicking off the year with the best highlights from 2015…

Featuring:

  • Graffiti South Africa Book Launches and Exhibitions
  • Videos Round-up
  • Woodcuts by Boeta Phyf
  • Pastelheart (RIP) Tribute
  • Competitions & Graffiti Jams Recap
  • Falko’s Once Upon A Town Project
  • Westdene Grafiti Project
  • City of Gold Urban Art Festival 2015
  • Rest of Africa
  • Graffiti Artist of the Year
  • NEW Graffiti South Africa Website
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PICS \\ Back To The City Graffiti Competition 2015

Graffiti artists decorate the pillars under the M2 highway in Newtown, Johannesburg every year.
The crew efforts are judged in a competition as part of the Back To The City Hip Hop Festival.

This year, NVS crew were crowned winners. Photos of the freshly painted pieces below…

>> READ MORE

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PICS \\ Langa Graffiti Competition, Cape Town

The 2nd annual Langa Graffiti and Street Art Competition took place last weekend after being postponed due to a shortage of entries. View all the artworks that were created…

>> READ MORE

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EVENT \\ Viva Art Festival, Mamelodi 2015

Creating a Living Art Gallery in the Alaska Informal Settlement, Mamelodi East, near Pretoria. Calling all artists and crews to join for us a great day of writing, painting, music, dance and workshops in the best township vibe you will ever find!

Saturday 28 March
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Viva Village, Moshumi Street 36336, Alaska Informal Settlement, Mamelodi East…

>> READ MORE

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Graffiti South Africa Book: Cape Town Launch

The Graffiti South Africa book launch in Cape Town takes place from 29-31 January, with thanks to our hosts Side Street Studios.

  • Thursday, 29 January - Book launch at Space Between Gallery
  • Friday, 30 January - Street Art Tour in Westridge
  • Saturday, 31 January - Book Signing, Live Graffiti and Street Art Tour in Woodstock

More details, including times and pricing, available after the jump…

>> READ MORE

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EVENT \\ Poison City: Out Of This World Jam

A graffiti jam will be taking place in Westville, Durban this coming weekend. The idea is to get everyone to come together and collaborate on a thematic production.

The wall that will be painted:

The overall theme is “Out of this World”, so think space etc.
Black primer background with purple and pink planets etc. Orange and red, hot browns (warm colours) for fills and white outline with greys in the 3D. Yellow second outline/ floating second. Whatever your vibe is.

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Styles From The Streets

A graffiti and street art exhibition taking place this Thursday, followed by the Montana ‘Just Writing My Name’ graffiti jam over the weekend.

FEATURE \\ Back To The City 2014 (+ Ticket Giveaway!)

The annual Freedom Day hip-hop festival, Back To The City, is around the corner - and it promises to be the biggest one yet! We spoke to Ritual Media Group’s Osmic Menoe, founder of the event and all-round hip-hop maestro…

Tell me about Back To The City festival.

Back To The City is a festival that is aimed at celebrating Freedom Day, using Hip Hop as a form of expression. We are on our 8th year and can only hope to further share the importance of the day with those who will be in attendance.

What can be expected at this years fest?

Celebrating 20 Years of Freedom’ is our theme this year. Everything from the Hip Hop Summit to the fun activities at the festival will be centered around this. People can look forward to high value entertainment and bigger outlets for their chosen art form, be it dance, rap or graffiti etc.


Quest, 2013 graffiti competition winners


Amp1, 2013

How does graffiti fit into this event?

It is one of the most important elements of hip-hop, and we always make a point to highlight it. Respected graffiti artists from across the country are invited to participate in the graffiti competition, managed by Two by Two Art Studios, who are street art experts.

What feedback have you received about the graffitied pillars in the past?

The feedback has been greatly positive. A lot of value has been added to the Newtown district, as the graffiti pillars are now one of the biggest tourist attractions in town. Wedding pictures, family portraits, music videos and commercial adverts have used them as a backdrop.

What positive role does graffiti play in Joburg’s inner city?

Newtown specifically, has become a home for graffiti artists, all the street art is sanctioned and appreciated by the masses. High quality works are produced and people are starting to understand that graffiti murals and graffiti vandalism are two different things. City councils are showing support, artists are getting commissioned for their work, tourism is increasing, and long term value is created.


DS, 2012 graffiti competition winners


Osmic Menoe, founder of the festival.

Anything else you’d like to mention about BTTC 2014?

It will be bigger and better. For more information visit http://www.backtothecityfestival.com, follow us on Twitter @backtothecitySA, and “like” our Facebook Page ‘Back To The City Festival’.

>> We have 2x Double tickets to giveaway! Check out our Facebook page for more info about how to win.


Ryza, 2012

EVENT \\ Westridge Park Jam

Graffiti jam taking place this weekend in the mecca of the South African hip hop and graffiti culture; Westridge, Mitchells Plain. Get at Prefix66 for a spot.

PICS \\ Ekon Tribute Jam, Cape Town

Last Sunday, at upper Searle Street Park, a tribute jam was held in memory of Cape Town writer Ekon. Many showed up and writers painted pieces to pay their respects.

Photos by Klaus Warschkow

(Click ‘next’ in the top right corner to navigate through the gallery)

Pieces by:
Boss, Ight, Laser, (Unknown), Boeta, Cade, Motel7, Smet, Spot, Nard, Mace, Conform, Cale, Wealz130 & Tag4 & Mad2, Dino & Senor, Boda, Ish, Pastelheart, Rack Star, DrOne, Shade, Khosa, Cros, Kem, Fers, Lamb, Acre, Lie & Odd1, Logikill Paradox, Dfeat once, Love, Rekt, Krem, Sure, Toe, Ekse, Losr, Nest, Ariel23 & Prefix66, Caso & Migo, Stok, Rusk, Blak, Sykoner.

+ More Ekons tribute pieces painted in the park prior to the jam:
Boss, Shade, Disk, Jmal, Pase, Sure, Falko, Khosa, Idiots Crew.

Mak1one:

Name:

Other writers in Durban and Johannesburg also attributed to the memory of this great artist.

R.I.P Ekons

The loss of one of Cape Town’s greatest writers, Ekon/Amp37 (40HK/WK?/YMB), was felt throughout the graffiti community this week. A tribute jam will be held this weekend to honour him.

“I’ve always had graffiti in my heart but have taken breaks here and there. I was once in a bad place in life and I thought about what has made me the happiest – and that was graffiti… Graffiti is very personal and a challenge to yourself, to prove you are original and have skills to back up your name.”

Excerpt from our unpublished interview with Ekon in 2013.

Some interviews and pictures of his work:

EVENT \\ Langa Quarter Street Art & Graffiti Contest

Creative Nestlings invites you to partake in the inaugural annual public art competition, using the power of public art to add life to nondescript parts of the city. They are looking for the best artists to assist in the transformation of the Langa Quarter located in the geographic centre of Cape Town.

The artists will all be required to paint a section of the wall outside Langa Stadium, and the best artwork will be awarded a grand prize. Only 17 artists will be chosen by the curatorial panel - the whole wall will be divided into 17 pieces. Artists are free to apply as a collective or as an individual.

All participants will be given a 2m X 8m sized panel of wall to paint on, limited amount of spray paint, 3 days to finish the artwork.

The process:

  • Painting to take place weekends of 14- 16 or 20-23 December (however alternative dates can be negotiated)
  • All paintings done before the 24th December
  • Final Judging takes place and winner announced on the 24th December
  • Curatorial panel includes Creative Nestlings, Langa Quarter, Langa Stadium Forum members and representatives of Langa residents.
  • Final judging will be open to public vote, in the form of a ballot box at the stadium.
  • Prize R6000 in cash money + permission to paint another wall in Langa + 1 commissioned wall in Cape Town CBD.

To enter:

  • Submit a proposed sketch to: info@creativenestlings.com
  • Chosen participants will be informed.

>> MORE INFO

EVENT \\ Ho! Ho! Ho! Graff Jam

Caps & Cans will be holding a graffiti competition at the old sewerage farm in Kempton Park.

The theme will be Christmas - colours red, green, white etc.

Prizes by Caps & Cans and Redbull for best piece and best character.

>> MORE INFO

EVENT \\ Graffiti Jam: Raps Art Beach Jam

Some of Durbans finest graffiti artists will be painting live collaborations at the New Pier beach front this Friday (22 March).

EVENT \\ Back To The City: Freedom Day Festival 2012

The sixth annual “Back to the City” Hip Hop Festival takes place on Freedom Day next week (April 27) at Ritual Stores - corner Bree Street and Henry Nxumalo, Newtown, Johannesburg.

The event runs from the morning til late and features live music, street art, break-dancing, art installation, skateboarding, film, street soccer, street fashion, gaming, speakers and panel discussions.

>> Find out all about the festival HERE.

PICS \\ A Load Off (F.A.T.S Logo Competition)

Below are pics from the F.A.T.S logo competition, “A Load Off”. The event took place over the weekend at the F.A.T.S premises at 180 Sydney Road, Durban.

1st Place:

2nd Place:

3rd Place:

>> VIEW THE REST OF THE PICS

The winner was Jason “ Jase” van Zyl, receiving the R10 000 cash prize at a F.A.T.S Cheese and Wine function last night. The artist also painted the F.A.T.S company logo on the outside of their building.

EVENT \\ A Load Off - Graffiti Competition

After all the turmoil that took place in Sydney Road, Durban with the 031 Seven, a local business - F.A.T.S - plan to host a graffiti jam on their premises with a R10,000 prize plus public wall space up for grabs.

The allocated space is a red brick wall 258m², which will divided into 11 equally sized sections. Each section of wall will measure approximately 24m² (8m wide x 3m high) and shall be allocated to an individual artist to decorate to their heart’s delight.

The guidelines given to each artist will be as follows:

  • Each artist to do their interpretation of the F.A.T.S logo (size to be 1.8m high x 1.4m wide)
  • Each artist to do company logo of a section sponsor (size to be 1m high x 1.4m wide)
  • The theme of the whole wall is transport and world maps (trucks, aeroplanes, trains, containers, cranes, ships, atlas etc)

Event details:

Where: 180 Sydney Rd, Congella, Durban

When: Saturday 5 November 2011

Further info contact john@fats.co.za

NEWS \\ Stick Up at Memorial Jam

A graffiti jam that took place in Durban yesterday took a turn for the worse when seven people were arrested on charges relating to vandalism. The event was created to pay tribute to a deceased friend and was held at a location where several graffiti jams have taken place over the last few years.

Read what the press had to say:

Click the picture to view it larger or go to The Citizen Online

Click the picture to view it larger or go to The Mercury Online

EVENT \\ Life Check 2011

Life Check is a Durban based non-profit Hip Hop events organisation. Using the resources provided by various funding groups and the continued support provided by Redbull SA Culture department, a platform has been created for Durban youth to express themselves through Hip Hop culture and related performance styles.

Originally Life Check was a gathering of youth from the Durban metro every first Saturday of the month at The BAT Centre, located in the city Yacht Basin. This event would run for approximately 5 hour as people expressed themselves through rapping, dancing, poetry and music in a safe and controlled environment. Today the organisation has moved the event away from one dedicated venue and given it more flexibility to control ’satellite’ events. These ’satellite’ events are located wherever an existing scene is in evidence. “Life Check attempts to provide a boost in the form of a daytime free Hip Hop Open Mic concert featuring guest artists from outside of the location, as well as heads from within the scene itself.”

READ MORE ABOUT LIFE CHECK HERE

Ewok Interview about Life Check from Rory Jacobs on Vimeo.

Life Check Battle Of The Year events happening in Durban, South Africa in August 2011

Schedule

Tuesday, 2 August
Film Screening (in association with Hip Hop Education SA)
Unit 11
6pm & 8pm
FREE

Wednesday, 3 August
Slaghuis King of the Street Rap
Unit 11
8pm
FREE

Thursday, 4 August
Film Screening (in association with Hip Hop Education SA)
Unit 11
6pm & 8pm
FREE

Friday, 5 August
Cipher
The Terminal
1pm
Dance Workshops (in association with STR CRD)
Unit 11
12pm & 2pm
FREE

Classics party in association with The Chief Rockers
Unit 11
9pm
R40

Saturday, 6 August
Life Check All Elements Battle 2011 (in association with ADIDAS & Sportscene)
Curry’s Fountain
Registration 9am - Battle commences 11am (1-on-1 battles)
Prizes for 1st and 2nd place
MC, BBOY, GRAFFITI, DJ, BEATBOX, PRODUCTION, KRUMP
Guest Performers
FREE

>> RSVP on Facebook

Life Check All Elements Battle 2010 from Karen Logan on Vimeo.

>> http://www.lifecheckydi.com/

PICS \\ Durban Graffiti Jams

Sydney Road in Durban is a popular place for the local graffiti scene. The walls have seen a few graffiti jams over the past few months. Here are some pics from the latest jam which took place over the weekend. Writers were asked to put up another name other than their actual graffiti name.

>> VIEW THE COMPLETED PIECES HERE


And below are pics from the 100 Plus jam which took place earlier this year:
Click NEXT to cycle through the images…

Thanks to Kirsty @ Step Up for the images.

PICS \\ My Culture Resurrection Jam 2011

We finally received some pics from the graffiti battle which took place at last weekends My Culture Resurrection Jam…

Muro (1st Place):

Kanz (2nd Place):

What (3rd Place):

Anser:

Drake:

Fumes:

Jestr:

Kuts:

Luna:

Monk:

Mozi:

Nake:

Pork:

Tone:

Toys:

EXCLUSIVE PICS \\ Back To The City 2011 - Completed Pieces

The annual Back To The City Festival took place a few days ago. Here are some pics of the graffiti pieces that were painted:

Hades, Jokr, Tower, What

Mak1one, El Nino aka Sex (Spain), Falko, Gogga

T-Mac, Kef1, Smak, Fumez

Kanz, Snot, Mozi

Nomad, Lunar

Pork, Nuke, Mesar

Monk, Cre8, Las1, Reap, Dyne, Anser, Syk

Toys, Beva, Tone, Bongz, Drake, Erase, Spotz

Ryza (Heal)

AOS

Psalm1

EVENT \\ Back To The City 2011

Only two weeks until Joburg’s biggest Hip Hop event - The Back To The City Freedom Day Festival. In its 5th year running the event will take place on Freedom Day (27 April 2011) and will feature over 30 MC’s, DJ’s, B-boys, Beatbox and skateboard competitions, and of course the graffiti pillars.

Taking place by Ritual Stores in Newtown (cnr. Bree and Henry Nxumalo) from 9.30am til 11pm. R60 gets you in. RSVP here.

More info:
http://www.backtothecity.co.za/
http://www.backtothecitysa.blogspot.com/

EVENT \\ City Of Gold Urban Art Festival

Grayscale presents “City of Gold” Urban Art Festival in Johannesburg. A week dedicated to celebrating graffiti at various locations around the city.

The event takes place from 7-13 March 2011 with film screenings, exhibitions, street murals and the Just Writing My Name graffiti jam.

Featuring international artists:
- Terrible T-Kid 170 (TNB crew, New York)
- Ske ( TNB, FX crews, New York)
- Lazoo (MAC crew, Paris)
- Smash137 (Montana Writer Team, Basel)
- Kine (TNB, NK crews, Bremen).