Infecting the City 2017:
05 – 08 April 2017
in Cape Town, CBD
April, Freedom Month, sees the return of Infecting the City, South Africa’s pioneering public arts festival. A collaboration between the Africa Centre and the Institute of Creative Arts, Infecting the City celebrates a decade of seminal performances and installations by artists from around South Africa and the world. Now in its 10th year, this cultural phenomenon is once again set for a four-day creative arts takeover of the Mother City from 5 to 8 April 2017.
This year’s collection of innovative artists 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.
Free as a bird and true to its logo, Infecting the City takes flight with all performances and events free of charge to the people of Cape Town. The dynamic festival programme offers audiences the opportunity to discover new heights and explore ways of reconciling their personal and often emotional relation to public, private and internal spaces.
Co-curator 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 uncharted 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,” says Khanyisile Mbongwa
First artwork: Company’s Gardens, Indoni Dance, Arts and Leadership
Academy’s Ikhaya, 12:30Route 2 | Thursday 7 April and Saturday 8 April 2017
First artwork: St Georges Mall & Waterkant Street, Darkroom Contemporary’s We, the transposed, 12:30 (Thursday) and 10:00 (Saturday)
ITC@Night | Wednesday 5 April and Friday 7 April 2017 | Artscape Arena and Piazza | 19:00-21:00
An evening featuring pop up performances by Mandla Mlangeni,
Allison-Claire Hoskins, Zaituna Kala, Lebohang Kganya, Reza Khota and
special performances of CORPS by Gaby Saranouffi and Moeketsi Koena.
Enkidu Khaled (Iraq/Belgium), Tamryn Pelser (South Africa) and Joan Català Carrasco (Spain) will share their unique artistic practices, while SERIES/FRIENDS invites participants to their soft space.
Image: ‘Blue’ by Cape Dance Company – courtesy of Infecting the City. Photo: Oscar O’ Ryan