The 6th edition of the City of Gold Urban Art Festival kicked off this week in Joburg bringing together an exciting mix of local and visiting graffiti artists to paint the streets of student neighbourhood Braamfontein. Spearheaded by the founder of Grayscale Gallery, tattoo artist and graffiti legend Rasty Knayles, the festival has established Joburg as a key destination for those who enjoy leaving their artworks in public spaces.
Joburg has over the past few years been drawing graffiti artists from Cape Town, once considered South Africa’s graffiti capital until the local government there clamped down, employing everything from by-laws and miles of red tape to teams of painters to ‘clean’ off the city’s artworks. Graffiti in Joburg has luckily not been subjected to the same petty treatment and has in many ways brought life and colour to neglected neighbourhoods and turned the tables on official neglect of the city’s architecture. Read our full guide to the City of Gold Urban Art Festival here.