ICA Launched 3rd LIVE ART Festival


Immersive Experience Pushes Limits of the Imagination

Cape Town, 11 January 2017 – The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) launches the highly anticipated international LIVE ART Festival 2017. The third in a series of biennial festivals, LIVE ART 2017 showcases a gathering of some of the most influential artists from across the continent for an explosion of performances set to push the boundaries of audiences and artists alike. With the City of Cape Town as the stage, this dynamic range of public, collaborative and often transgressive performative artworks will disrupt public spaces across the Mother City from 2 to 26 February 2017.

Continuing the ICA’s history as an initiator of innovative projects, LIVE ART 2017 establishes itself as a pioneer in the region, blurring the fields of fine art, dance, theatre, music and literature to form a unique platform for cutting-edge interdisciplinary art.  With an emphasis on works by African artists and those from the diaspora, the Festival makes possible new and transformative interactions within diverse personal, political, public and architectural spaces.

This fascinating collection of visceral adventures, transports audiences into a creative world of theatre often unknown in South African borders, navigating the public to the corners of their comfort zones. LIVE ART 2017 offers audiences an immersive experience to connect with relevant issues confronting society on a journey of the imagination that embraces the outer-limits of society.

ICA Director and Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, Jay Pather, comments on the significance of the Festival: “LIVE ART 2017 represents the intersection of visual and performing arts and culture with some of the enduring personal and political themes of our time and provides an arena for these elements to clash, marry, and influence each other. Our efforts to engage audiences and expand their expectations of the possibilities of live theatre and art,brings to life some of the most esoteric and experimental work by key African artists.

The captivating images and experiences generated by revolutionary artists who partner with the ICA and LIVE ART are the fabric of what we know as the fringe of the creative industries, offering audiences the chance to plunge into the limits of their imagination.

The 2017 programme features screenings, performances, artworks and interactive installations by over thirty contemporary artists including: Standard Bank Young Artist Award-winners Donna Kukama and Anthea Moys; Zimbabwean-born, New York-based celebrated choreographer and performer Nora Chipaumire, Nigerian multimedia artist, Jelili Atiku; acclaimed choreographer and performer, Mamela Nyamza; British-Ghanaian visual artist, Larry Achiampong; Mozambican choreographer, Panaibra Gabriel Canda; pioneering and internationally-renowned South African performance artist, Steven Cohen and many more.

LIVE ART 2017 is supported by the Mellon Foundation, the University of Cape Town, Iziko Museums of South Africa, Pro Helvetia, the British Council Connect ZA and the Goethe-Institut Lagos.

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Image:  Sethembile Msezane in “Excerpts form the Past”. Photo courtesy of Institute for Creative Arts