SASAI is a platform collectively working toward improving the lives of artists, the public and cities through art.

SASAI's on the ground investigative approach emphasizes relationship building and partnerships with local artists to make information accessible regardless of socio economic status, race and/or access to internet. SASAI works with its artists to disseminate information to others on how to perform safely in contested public spaces. SASAI focuses on enabling artists with the tools to find information on their rights and how to protect themselves from arrest, assault or being taken advantage of.


Four years ago the Street Artist Initiative, known as SASAI, was born through the vision of 20 artists performing on Bree Street in Johannesburg's CBD attempting to navigate the cryptic permitting process required to perform in public spaces. Today those very same artists continue to dedicate their performances to instigating change in the perceptions toward street artists from all different backgrounds and artistic expressions. 

SASAI brings artists together to share their stories and experiences in order to educate other artists on their right to express themselves in public space and the importance of sharing art with the masses.

The organization’s first major initiative, Performance Power, is a pamphlet that publishes - for the first time - the required steps to get permits for performance in public spaces in Johannesburg’s Central Business District. Performance Power was released through a parade through the CBD and day long performance at JAG & Joubert Park on November 13th, 2016. 

SASAI also proudly sponsors It’s Not A Train Smash poetry slam events in a several year partnership with African Dreamin’ to produce events that allow people to be moved by art while encouraging artists to be who they are, say what they want to say and share their talent with the world.

“Ever since my first visit to Johannesburg, I have been struck by the extent to which the feel of the city is reflected in its sound…and music in particular (as) key channels of an Afro-cosmopolitan identity. Music has not only been central in the city’s formation. It has contributed to its high levels of social energy, which made it permeable, flexible and defiant, especially in times of struggle and racial conflict.”
— Xavier Livermon, "Sounds in the City"