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Cape Flats: New hope in 'apartheid's dumping ground' Wednesday, 27 January 2016 00:00

Cape Flats: New hope in 'apartheid's dumping ground'

(CNN) Lookout Hill is the highest point of the aptly named Cape Flats.

Though it's little more than a small sand dune, the panoramic views from the wooden platform at the top stretch right across Khayelitsha, Cape Town's biggest township -- home to anywhere between 300,000 and three million people, depending on who you ask.

During South Africa's apartheid regime, Khayelitsha and the rest of the township "ghettos" that comprise the Cape Flats became known as "apartheid's dumping ground" for people of color.

Even today, 21 years into democracy, the stories usually told of these neighborhoods speak of poverty, rampant crime and socioeconomic marginalization from the city center and its leafy (and predominantly white) suburbs.

Lookout Hill; Cnr Mew Way & Spine Road, Ilitha Park, Khayelitsha, Cape Town; +27 (0)21 361 7098

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Using the power of public art to add life to hidden parts of Cape Town, we invite you to partake in the third annual street art competition. We are 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. The 134 meter wall is equally divided into 17 pieces . The 1st and 2nd best artworks will  be awarded a cash prize and a featured wall to paint. Artist's are free to apply as a collective or as an individual.

The 17 pre-selected participants will each be given a 2m X 8m sized panel of wall to paint and 10 cans to supplement their own spray paint  and 5 days to finish the artwork,

This years competition will be judged by Jace our resident Street Artist, in combination with our usual public vote. Jace, the world renowned French street artist from Réunion Island, will reside in Langa at the Langa Quarter Home-stay Hotel from the 15th to the 20th February. Whilst in residence he will paint a feature piece of work at ikhaya le Langa Hub where he will also conduct 3 daily workshops open to any aspiring street artists.  


Painting to take place between: Monday 15th February until Friday 19th Feb 2016. 

All painting to be completed by Friday 19th February

Judging takes place and the winners announced at a special event on Saturday the 20th February 

1st Prize  R5000 Cash and a feature wall to paint, 2nd Prize R2000 cash and a feature wall to paint.


Email an A4 sized design to;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 8th February, submissions close at 18.00h  

Chosen participants will be informed by email before 18:00h on  Wednesday 10th February 

Nominees will be given the opportunity to pre-order their 10 preferred colours.


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