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The human figure is the primary subject matter in most African art.
The Pan African Market in Cape Town offers an impressive display of African culture, craftsmanship and artistic talent.
The fair is located in a national monument on the historic Long Street and comprises more than 30 stores and stalls representing at least 14 countries in East, West and Southern Africa.
You will meet salesmen and women from Cameroon, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Mozambique, Mali and of course, South Africa itself.
When this African flea market began in 1997, its founders aimed to show that African art is not the homogenous mass that it is sometimes mistaken for.
From humble beginnings on the first floor of the building, and with just five traders, the market has grown enormously, showing African entrepreneurship as well as artistic talent!
Today, the market boasts incredible variety and sets the standard in African art and craft markets on the continent.
Visitors can explore three floors laden with stunning objects, artwork and artefacts. You should feel free to ask the traders for information and stories from their countries of origin. This not only contextualises these art pieces, but also enhances your appreciation and knowledge of the cultures of Africa.
The African craft market is located in an accessible and friendly environment. It's a well-known meeting place for African migrants and visitors from all around Africa and the rest of the world.
Besides browsing around for gifts or souvenirs, the Long Street building is bustling with entrepreneurs offering services ranging from hair dressing and tailoring to holistic healing and indigenous catering.
The traders who operate the stalls at the Pan African Market are completely independent and the market is an important source of employment in this regard.