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Cultural space in a contemporary time: An introduction to Jeppestown’s street art

On the periphery of Maboneng’s thriving art and food scene, the contrasting community of Jeppestown is a melting pot of culture, light industria, socioeconomics and art. 

Established as a suburb in 1886, Jeppestown is one of Joburg’s oldest communities and cultural precincts. However, in recent times it is known more commonly for violent events such as the Jeppestown Massacre and hostel raids during last year’s xenophobic attacks. Despite this troubled facade, Jeppestown boasts an impressive collection of world-class street art and plays host to a thriving and ever evolving community. With its defaced Victorian architecture, taverns with quirky names like Tiger Don’t Cry, herbalists and swenking Pantsulas, Jeppestown is  alive with creative, traditional and contemporary energy.

The street art in the area is the result of last year’s City of Gold Festival, a 6-day street art festival which employed the talents of local and international artists such as Falko, Breeze Yoko, Above and Adnate amongst many others. We’ve compiled some of our favourite new and old pieces within the perimeters of Park and Jules streets, but rest assured, there’s plenty more to see and explore…

(Click on the street address below each image to go to the Google Maps location for that artwork). 

Images by Khotso Tsagaane

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