Infecting The City unfolds on the streets and various other public spaces in the Central Business District (CBD) of Cape Town. The Festival provides an unusual opportunity for art, music, dance and performance to leave the confines of theatres and galleries to engage with or disrupt Cape Town’s daily activities. The Festival’s programme challenges audiences, pushes boundaries, shifts perspectives and helps to make sense of the public spaces we occupy.

This call is for works from two categories: New Works and Restaged Works. Visual, performing artists and practitioners from other disciplines are invited to submit. The work can be a full ensemble piece, intervention, live performance, installation, video, totally interactive or some other form newly imagined. All works should translate to or work within a public environment, and actively engage intentional and incidental audiences alike.

The Infecting The City Festival is a project of the Africa Centre.

Infecting The City had its most successful year in 2014 with 54 productions, 440 participating artists, and over 32,000 audience members. 45% of the artists who created these 54 productions were from Cape Town, 20% were from other parts of South Africa and 35% were international. This kind of balance provides for a broad range of both approaches and perspectives, which makes the Festival a dynamic place for expression.

The Festival has daytime and evening performances. Much of the programme is designed as a route, which allows for audiences to move from one work to the next as a group. There are however artworks, which run throughout the Festival, on and off the route, that can be experienced at multiple times beyond those scheduled on the route.

The daytime programme captures audiences that have specifically come to watch the Festival and those who happen upon it by accident. The evening programme however, is attended principally by audiences who have come to watch the Festival. This is due to the fact that the CBD of Cape Town does not ordinarily have a high level of evening activity.

The Festival programme generally runs between 13:00-17:00 and 18:00-22:00.

New Works: The Infecting the City Festival 2015 will follow similar lines to previous Festivals, based on the following parameters:

• Works should ideally be proposed for specific spaces in the CBD of Cape Town.
• Ideas tried out in other sites and reformulated for Cape Town are also welcome.
• Works can be performance, temporary installation, conceptual, aural, visual and interdisciplinary.
• Works that seek to engage with the public through participation strategies are encouraged.
• Works that are innovative, cost effective yet complex and unique will be favoured in this category.

Restaged Works: These are works that have been already made and/or performed and have appeared in theatres, galleries or other spaces. Candidates are encouraged to cite actual spaces where they wish the work to be restaged and provide reasons why they wish to stage their work in the said space.

The Infecting the City Festival 2015 application process has been set up in two stages. The first is designed to understand the idea and intentions behind the proposal. As such, the application for this phase is very short and easy to complete. For those works that are shortlisted, an additional round of information will be required to ensure the curatorial team and artist are clear about what is planned at what cost. Applications will not be considered if the online form is not submitted. Use the online form at the bottom of this page to apply.

The key dates related to the application process are:

• Phase one deadline – 15 August
• Shortlist – 15 September
• Final Selection – 15 October


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