SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
As a non-profit event, Streetopia's aim and vision is for any funding to be ploughed back into creative projects that leave a legacy that improves the nieghbourhood through physical art installations and urban regeneration. But to pull the event off every year requires a lot of money, which is why the business community, and funding bodies, are requested to assist in ensuring the event can be staged, and benefit everyone in the area it takes place in.
How to Donate!
Please make deposits into the following account, with a reference of the name of your business, or your own name:
Jozi Burner Creative Project NPC
FNB Business Account
(please use 'SJ' and your business name as reference
Thank you to all participating businesses!
If your business is located in the event footprint, or in close proximity, and as a result benefits from increased sales and exposure on the day, we appeal to you to consider becoming an official Supporter of our event. To assist you in understanding the many benefits you stand to enjoy, our team has created a handy Info Pack PDF.
Need more info? Mail us today.
What does it take to stage the event?
A lot. It's no small endeavour staging a free event with many dozens of different activities over the course of one day, in a suburb, and then removing all infrastructure in order to leave the entire area cleaner than it was.
The planning has to start months in advance, so that the fine details can be worked out well ahead of time and it all comes together smoothly on the day. There are many cogs in the machine: transport, logistics, infrastructure, permits, production, road closures, publicity, letters to residents, Q&A sessions, invitations to artists, collaboration with NGO's and civic organisations, volunteers, liaison with authorities, trash collection, health & safety, sanitation, security, rigging: the list of boxes to be ticked is long. And because our event team take the responsibility of staging the event in a residential area very seriously, a lot of energy and planning time is spent on making sure the event's operation does not negatively impact the area.
To pull it off, you need the participation of a small army of individuals, each of whom have to find the time to pull their corner together in order for the whole to become more than the sum of its parts. It's an event built on heart - and a lot of that heart comes from residents in the area, who volunteer, exhibit art, stage performances and also stage the event as part of AfrikaBurn's team.
With this event, a lot depends on the efforts of volunteers, residents, artists and gees. Because it's not a profit-making exercise, gees is very important: many people, from different walks of life, come together because they believe in the idea of bringing community together by making the streets come alive. It's not about money - a free event doesn't make money, but it does take money to make it happen - and the people involved do it because it's a creative endeavour that has the potential to create social cohesion by bringing people together.
And what brings people together? It's a lot of gees and:
The Spirit Of Streetopia
Bringing the streets alive through community, colour and creativity - that's the spirit of Streetopia, and it's the spirit in which it was conceived by AfrikaBurn, who considered in 2014 that the vacuum left behind by the demise of Obsfest in Cape Town presented an opportunity to practice their desert experiment in an urban space. But spirit isn't all that's required: though Streetopia may be an idealist endeavour, fuelled by the AfrikaBurn concept of a blank space where everyone is invited, coupled to culturally diverse and vibrant communities, it's an urban experiment that happens in the real world.
And in the real world, there are cold hard costs.
During the event the streets are filled with people - and as a result, businesses in the area enjoy a great day's trade that sees record numbers of customers, both during the day, and after the event period ends.
The result is that Melville as a whole benefits: on the day, new connections are made between residents and organisations that operate in the area. It also means another great day's trade for businesses that benefit from increased foot traffic and exposure. But behind the scenes, the event infrastructure needs to be well orchestrated for Streetopia to attract the numbers that make the area come alive - and that all requires funding.
AfrikaBurn's vision is to change the world, and one of the avenues it uses is the Streetopia event concept. Following massive success in Observatory, Cape Town, the Streetopia team is excited to spread the Streetopia magic to the Jozi community.
What this means is that both AfrikaBurn and their sister organsation Jozi Burners, are putting up finding towards making the event happen. Jozi Burners have funded R20k and AfrikaBurn has funded Streetopia Jozi with R70k. These funds are going towards security, medica, road closures, toilets, and clean up after the event. The team behind the event are volunteers that give of their time to make sure an event like this can happen.
Mail us today to donate!