Afternoon Express took a trip to Langa in the Western Cape where French street artist, JACE, has teamed up with locals in a very unique community upliftment project.

We spoke to Tony Elvin (founder & director of Ikhaya Le Langa) about ULTRA, the project aimed at uplifting the community of Langa.

More info on the project: Famous French street artist JACE, painter of Paris’s famous ‘Pont Des Art’ (lovers padlock bridge) is to be Langa Township’s artist in residence.

Using the power of public art to attract investment - Uplifting Langa Through Reachable Art (ULTRA) is taking place in Langa from the 15th -20th of February. JACE will be artist in residence, staying at the new 34 bed Langa Quarter Homestay Hotel,

JACE will host three workshops and paint a number of feature murals as part of Ikhaya le Langa’s transformation of the Langa Quarter, into the New Orleans of Cape Town.

Jace will be the VIP Judge of Langa Quarter’s third annual street art competition, sponsored this year by DRA Global, sponsors of Cape Town Mining Indaba. We are also looking for the best artists to assist in the transformation of the 'Langa Quarter' located at the geographic center of Cape Town.

17 artists chosen by a curatorial panel will be required to paint a section of the wall outside Langa Stadium.


Jace, world renowned street artist, was down in Cape Town for the 2016 ULTRA competition in Langa. While here he painted some incredible pieces for

ULTRA (Uplifting Langa Through Reachable Art) is an annual street art competition held in Langa which aims to use the power of public art to attract investment to the community. It is organized by Ikhaya Le Langa who aim to transform this vibrant neighborhood into a popular tourist hotspot and thus helping to create jobs and uplift the community

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