Infecting the City 2017: 10 years in, here's why you should keep an eye out for it

2017-03-29 14:57 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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'Chalk' by Nicola Elliott - courtesy of Infecting the City - Photo by Oscar O' Ryan

Cape Town - This April will see the return of South Africa’s pioneering public arts festival - Infecting the City - for a four-day creative arts takeover of the Mother City from 5 to 8 April 2017. 

Now in its 10th year, the collaboration between the Africa Centre and the Institute of Creative Arts, will be celebrating a decade of seminal performances and installations by artists from around South Africa and the world.
As April commemorates the history of freedom and democracy in South Africa, the initiative marks our monumental moment in time through extraordinary art works to reclaim the streets of Cape Town.

Morphing city spaces into new dimensions

The line-up will re-imagine civic existence and this year’s collection of innovative artists are said to represent the breadth of artistic vision capable of morphing city spaces into new dimensions, as they fill with visual and performance art, dance, music, video and more.

All performances and events free of charge as the dynamic festival programme will offer audiences the opportunity to discover new heights and explore ways of reconciling their personal and often emotional relation to public, private and internal spaces.  

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Co-curator of Infecting the City, Khanyisile Mbongwa, says in a time where a lack of ethical leadership lies at the heart of challenges in SA and around the world, Infecting the City’s artists step up to the plate and take the reigns as vanguards for creative expression and freedom.

"In searching for truths and answers, this year’s artists lead audiences to unchartered grounds and drive South Africa forward to understanding new ways of being.
“While the contamination of censorship plagues us all, Infecting the City’s artists administer the antidote. The Festival has become a laboratory and spring board for thought leaders, and a stalwart of public art platforms.” 

According to the festival organisers, it will deliver a programme that allows for "chance encounters by passing citizens, unpredictable creative experiences and a road map for the exploration into the imagination". 

“Art exists as an extension of our relationship to others; a medium through which we can share and this year has many artworks that engage with ideas regarding participation and collaboration.  By its nature, Infecting the City is a collaborative effort between artists and audiences, curators and artists, City authorities and arts organisations," says Co-curator Leila Anderson.

"Together with Khanyisile Mbongwa and supported by Jay Pather, we are working together to put these ideas into practice; looking for ways to expose public spaces to powerful images, moving bodies, tender moments and playful interventions while providing a programme that is as rich and as full as the Mother City itself.” 

What you need to know

Event Info:

When: 05 April - 08 April

Where: Across varies venues in Cape Town - visit the Infecting Your City site for full details

Cost: Free

We'll be hosting a Festivals Twitter Chat this Friday - come join in the conversation by following Traveller24_SA on twitter and using the #FestiveFriday hashtag - Click here to see all the detaila and questions we'll be asking

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