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Africa Day 2013: Opportunities to be an active citizen

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On 25 May, the world celebrates Africa Day. In Cape Town, the day sees a new wave of citizen activism taking hold in the Mother City, with civil society reclaiming the right to cultural production, to public spaces and the right to express themselves and their creativity. Continued…

May 24, 2013

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Stop waiting, start making: Lessons in liveability from Jeanne van Heeswijk

Jeanne van Heeswijk

Based in Rotterdam, Jeanne van Heeswijk is a visual artist who creates situations in public places to provoke interactions between members of the public. These provocations include talking to trees, arranging fashion marches and baking bread, but all are aimed at setting up opportunities for new encounters and dialogue – in a way is finely tuned to the subtlety of needs, desires and ambitions of a local people and place. Jeanne presented some of her work at Design Indaba 2013. Here she shares more of her thoughts on public engagement, gentrification and the value of co-production:


April 2, 2013

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Scrabbling the city: a City Views cover story

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On the cover of the March issue of City Views we give you a taste of what is to come during the free public arts festival Infecting the City from 11 to 16 March. The featured work, Scrabbling, is based on the popular word game Scrabble and invites audience and passersby to express themselves and collectively create a temporary artwork. Creator Guto Bussab is the founder and owner of MUTI, a parent brand for Muti Films (film production), Muti Photography (commercial photography) and TheMutiGallery art gallery). City Views traded letters with the artist.


March 7, 2013

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Traces of the future in the present

Du Noon Spaza with Alexia Webster, photo by Lisa Burnell

Cape Town’s future is made every day out of the individual actions of ordinary Capetonians. As we wind up 2012, we took a closer look at events and occurrences during the year that point to what we can become as a city – together. Continued…

December 19, 2012

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Man-made rainbow on Wale Street in the run-up to Creative Week

Rainbow in the City, photo by Guto Bussab

The build-up to Creative Week Cape Town has begun with a surprising and delightful public art installation by artist Michael Elion. Continued…

September 11, 2012

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Art to animate Cape Town CBD


Annual public arts festival Infecting the City will explode on to the streets of Cape Town from 6 to 10 March 2012 – helping audiences to see, hear and smell the extraordinary and take a fresh look at the Mother City and its citizens. Continued…

January 27, 2012

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Creativity, collaboration and conversation with Jay Pather

Jay Pather in Church Square

Academic, choreographer and director Jay Pather is the director of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts and is the curator of the public arts festival Infecting the City 20012.  Continued…

January 26, 2012

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Africa Centre opening up the city through art

Tanner Methvin with Long St background

Tanner Methvin is the executive director of the Africa Centre, the organisation that hosts the public arts festival Infecting the City in Cape Town each year. Continued…

January 26, 2012

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Stroll Among the New Street Sculptures on the Fan Walk

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Soccer fans walking near the Prestwich Memorial area of the Fan Walk will be able to touch, explore and photograph themselves with unusual new street sculptures that have been installed for the soccer festival. Continued…

June 11, 2010

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