South Africa's Urban Street Culture Festival STR.CRD Returns To Johannesburg In November

STR.CRD, the number one urban street culture festival on the continent, returns to Constitution Hill in Johannesburg 7-9 November.

STR.CRD is set to return to Johannesburg's Constitution Hill in November for its fifth round of "Fashion, Music, Sneakers, Graffiti, Skate, Dance, Photography, [and] Culture" bliss in one spot. Since launching in Cape Town in 2010, STR.CRD has grown to earn the undoubtable title of the number one urban street culture event on the continent. Last year we were on hand for the second time in a row to document the festival on the ground alongside some of our favorite South African tastemakers and international industry heavyweights alike, including 2Bop, Art Comes First, Street Etiquette, Petite Noir, Papa Ghana, and JakobSnake. Watch Okayafrica TV's video recap below plus a teaser for the 2014 edition, which hits Constitution Hill 7-9 November. Follow STR.CRD on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram for more info.

>>>Watch South Africa’s Best Dressed At STR.CRD 2013 On Okayafrica TV

>>>See 20 Faces Of STR.CRD 2013 Ft. Photos By The Expressionist

In related news, registration is open for Engagement Now's Brand x Culture Conference to be held 5-7 November at Alex Theatre in Joburg just ahead of this year's STR.CRD. On the roster of keynote speakers are Erin Patton (Dallas/Fort Worth), Jeff Carvalho (NYC), Lisa Hogg (Netherlands), Stanley Lumax (NYC), Arno Smit (Stockholm), and Emma Stenstrom (Stockholm). Engagement Now explains:

The Brand x Culture Conference is the first conference by Engagement Now and is the first of many interactive workshops and conferences planned for 2014 and 2015. Taking place at Alex Theatre from 5-7 November 2014, this is the first conference of its kind – intended to create an inclusive forum for culture industry practitioners and brands to exchange knowledge of current and emerging practices and trends.

Find out more details on the conference hereEarlybird registration for the Brand x Culture Conference is open until 30 September.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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