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January 19, 2011

Cape Town creativity is contagious

Infecting the City

The Wishing Wall at Infecting the City 2010. Photo courtesy Cecile Mella

Infecting the City, the Spier Public Arts Festival, will return to the Mother City this year, from February 21 until February 26. Each year, this one-of-a-kind event transforms Cape Town’s central business district into a creative precinct where local and international artists express themselves through a multitude of media.

This year, Infecting the City will focus on treasure, with artists and participants exploring the cultural value of things which are often ignored, including recyclable materials, unique cultural practices and traditions, and the people that work – often without recognition – to make our city the special place that it is.

Attendees can look forward to a martial arts display based on the knife-fighting techniques of gangsters in the Cape Flats, traditional riel dances of Khoisan farm workers and the chanting of sacred Sufi texts.

Infecting the City will also feature three concerts each day, performed at the Cape Town Station forecourt – the gateway to the city and the festival hub. Concerts will feature music from cultures across the globe.

The festival will also feature various cultural gems such as Xhosa stick fighting, Indian sari wrapping and Ethiopian coffee ceremonies, showcased on a mobile stage in and around the Mother City.

Infecting the City’s full schedule will be available on the official website, www.infectingthecity.com, from mid-January.

All events are free of charge, except for the Talking Heads – a “living archive” event during which dozens of experts hold forth on the topics that transfix them. This event is scheduled to take place on February 23 at the Iziko South African National Gallery, and tickets cost R100.

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