Cape Town - The beat of the Xtreme Minstrels’ drums and trumpets penetrated the heat and set fire to the feet of visitors and locals alike, who threw their arms in the air and danced down Victoria Street at the Woodstock Open Streets festival.
The celebration drew hundreds of visitors, who took to the streets with their bicycles, roller blades, skateboards and paints to enjoy a traffic-free day.
From salsa dancing, krumping and line dancing, to street drawing and a scavenger hunt, there was something to do for the entire family.
Local mom, Leila Bolland, said the initiative is fantastic for the community. “We’re enjoying being outside, seeing so many people out enjoying themselves and children playing in the street; it’s lovely to see - it’s normally such a busy street,” said Bolland.
Woodstock resident Chantel Henry agreed, saying her family looked forward to the event because they had the whole of Victoria Street to enjoy.
Baz Art founder, Alexander Tilmans, stood alongside graffiti artist Defeat, who tagged a building and said the event brings attention to public art. “The day is beautiful and it’s great to see people outside giving attention to street art,” said Tilmans.
Open Streets organiser, Marcela Guerrero Casas, said the event was successful, despite being smaller than the previous event in Woodstock.
“Things are going so well. We used the same formula and same resources as before, and there are happy people on the streets - kids being kids and lots of grown-ups being kids.
“Closing the road is always difficult, no matter how many times we do it. It’s very hard to do it smoothly as logistics issues are to be expected,” said Guerrero Casas.
Guerrero Casas said Open Streets will now be held on the last Sunday of every month at different locations, with the next event being held in the Bellville CBD on Voortrekker Road.