The International Public Arts Festival, arranged by Baz Art and held in Salt River from 10-14 February, was a great success and saw artists from all over the world congregating in Cape Town.
Amongst these artists was Israeli Nir Peled who has achieved international acclaim for his work. Following on from the Arts Festival, the South African Zionist Federation (Cape Council) arranged for Nir to take part in a community art project with two local Cape Town schools.
Nir, who was brought to South Africa by the Israeli Embassy, is an artist and graphic designer that has gained worldwide recognition from murals around the world and museum showcases and exhibitions.
Around the theme of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, Grade 9 and 10 students from Good Hope Seminary School and Cape Town Torah High came together for an informal afternoon of art, discussion and the opportunity to engage with and learn from Nir. Great fun was had as the art students painted and decorated Purim masks and listened to Nir share about Israel and his art.
Through their common love for art and creativity, this diverse group of people discovered all they had in common and it was an enriching experience for all who took part.
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