Welcome to Infecting the City 2019!

Cape Town’s favourite public arts festival returns from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 November this year, transforming the city’s communal spaces into spectacular outdoor entertainment venues showcasing an array of provocative and spectacular art forms.

Hosted by the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) in association with the Africa Centre, this year’s diverse programme boasts top South African and African artists from Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Eastern Cape, Zimbabwe and Namibia, who will be joined by international acts from the Netherlands, France and Switzerland. From vertical dancers on city walls to performance activity in parked cars, ITC 2019 will activate city spaces from the Castle to the Station, the Adderley Fountain to the Company’s Gardens and beyond.

ITC Curator and Director of the ICA, Jay Pather, explains that a key focus of this year’s festival is “work that explores how classical African performance and rituals work inside of the urban space. This is also to create atmospheres of cleansing and interiority within these commercially driven, materialistic spaces.”

Here are the first of our 50 festival artists! Keep watching this space – and our social media platforms – for weekly additions to the programme.