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March 06, 2012

Infecting the City Festival 2012 in Cape Town

Images courtesy Africa Centre

The fifth annual Infecting the City festival, a celebration of performance art, comes to Cape Town from March 6 to 10, 2012.

This five-day arts extravaganza features 32 spectacular productions performed along the city’s gritty streets.

Prepare to be amazed as exhibitions spring to life in ordinary urban areas. From a classical piano recital at Cape Town Station, featuring the great works of two Capetonian composers, to a ballet vignette in the Golden Acre’s forecourt and a rousing rooftop musical concert in Long Street, the festival promises a cultural explosion.

Get down Cape Town-style with the University of Cape Town Choir at their rousing flash mobs at St George’s Mall and in Castle Street, or be enchanted by a snippet from the critically acclaimed opera, The Rake’s Progress, in The Company’s Garden.

The Infecting the City festival is seen by some as a catalyst for social change. “I was invigorated by the idea of something happening unexpectedly in the city," said festival curator, Jay Pather. "During the festival, there will be unique use of public space.”

A key feature of the 2012 festival is the youth development programme, Arts Aweh! Each day of the festival, more than 100 grade 10 to 12 learners are drawn from communities and brought to the city to explore their artistic ability.

Trained by local artists in specialised fields, including video and performance art and installations, a select group of these students will collaborate in a flash mob or an improvised site-specific performance on Saturday March 10, 2012.

For more information about Infecting the City, visit www.infectingthecity.com or download the programme here.

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