Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search by Title
Post Type Selectors
Curated Maps

Unmissable ICA Live Art Festival Explodes Across Cape Town

by | Jan 30, 2017 | News | 0 comments

The exclusive ICA LIVE ART programme showcases a rare selection of public, collaborative and often transgressive performative artworks, offered to the people of Cape Town free of charge.  

Presented by the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA), the highly anticipated international ICA LIVE ART Festival programme is released, revealing an impressive line-up of some of Africa’s most influential artists from the continent as well as from around the world. Cutting edge visual art and challenging performances of dance, music and literature combine to form a dynamic and provocative theatrical journey across the Mother City.

The stellar programme features 33 artists from 12 countries for 34 one-night-only performances and projects alongside a series of insightful workshops and panel discussions.

With a focus on generating dialogue and discussion, audiences are now offered space and time between performances to further engage with the immersive experience, interact with artists and explore each performance individually.

The LIVE ART Festival programme includes 9 world premieres, 6 South African premieres, 5 open forums and 3 workshops over 10 days. 

Project manager and co-curator James Macdonald: “The free and public nature of the ICA LIVE ART Festival is vested in a commitment to the value of contemporary live art as a means of facilitating encounters that encourage people to think and feel about a range of important issues in new and different ways.”

ICA Director and Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, Jay Pather: “All performances occur once only. There are no repeats, there is no second chance! There are several artists of international standing such as Samson Kambalu, Panaibra Canda and Nora Chipaumire that may not have hit our radar in South Africa especially with live art platforms being so rare. We encourage audiences to look beyond and discover the rich mix of award-winning, internationally acclaimed artists as well as going for familiar artist names.”

WHEN: Performances on 10 & 11 Feb; 17, 18 & 19 Feb; 22, 23, 24, 25 & 26 Feb.  See programme below for times and locations
BOOKING: To book your free ticket to any performance visit or email: or phone: +27 (0) 21 650 7156
Access to some performances is limited and booking is essential.

W E E K 1
F R I D A Y 1 0 F E B
6pm at Hiddingh Hall
Welcome address
6.15pm at Hiddingh Hall
Larry Achiampong:Ph03nix Rising: The Mogya Project
7pm at Arena Quad
Sethembile Msezane:Excerpts from the past
7.30pm at Arena Theatre
iQhiya: Performing Visibility
8.15pm / Break & Bar
9.15pm at Hiddingh Hall
Mamela Nyamza: DE-APART-HATE
S A T U R D A Y 1 1 F E B
6¬pm at Open House, Long Street
Keynote speech: Panashe Chigumadze
7pm at Open House, Long Street
Buhlebezwe Siwani & Chuma Sopotela: Those Ghels
8pm at YoungBlood Gallery
Kivithra Naicker: Karuvil [installation / upstairs studio] Zanele Muholi: Babhekeni / Look at Them [screening] 8.30pm at YoungBlood Gallery
Gabrielle Goliath: Elegy
9.30pm at YoungBlood Gallery
Artist’s Q&A with audience
Gabrielle Goliath, Sethembile Msezane, Chuma Sapotela & Buhlebezwe Siwani. Facilitated by Nondumiso Msimanga

W E E K 2
F R I D A Y 1 7 F E B
6.30pm at Arena Theatre
jackï job: Of Dreams and Dragons
7.45pm / Break & Bar
8.15pm at Hiddingh Hall
Gavin Krastin: Pig Headed
9pm at Hiddingh Hall
Artists Q&A with audience
Panel: Nora Chipaumire, jackï job,
Gavin Krastin & Mamela Nyamza
Facilitated by Jay Pather
S A T U R D A Y 1 8 F E B
4pm at Iziko South African National Gallery
Samson Kambalu: Last Judgement: Cape Town [installation] Robert Machiri & Memory Biwa: Listening to a listening at Pungwe Nights
Jelili Atiku: Come Let Me Clutch Thee
5.30pm / Break & Bar
6pm at Iziko South African National Gallery
Donna Kukama: Chapter Y: Is survival not archival?
7pm at Little Theatre
nora chipaumire: Self-Un-contained # punk
8.00pm / Break & Bar
8.30pm at Hiddingh Hall
Samson Kambalu: Nyau Cinema
S U N D A Y 1 9 F E B
10am-5pm at Castle of Good Hope [Old Recruit Spaces] Meghna Singh: The Rusting Diamond [ongoing installation] 5:45pm at Artscape Piazza
Hasan & Husain Essop: Gadat

W E E K 3
W E D N E S D A Y 2 2 F E B
7pm at Sea Point Promenade
Rudi van der Merwe: Trophée
T H U R S D A Y 2 3 F E B
6.30pm at Little Theatre
Foofwa d’Imobilité: Histoires Condansées
7.45pm / Break & Bar
8.15pm at P4 Studio
Thalia Laric: Composition in Real Time
9.10pm at Hiddingh Hall
Kamogelo Molobye: Ga(y)me(n)Play
F R I D A Y 2 4 F E B
4-7pm at 6 Spin Street
Lesiba Mabitsela: Black Tie Store Opening
[ongoing installation] 6-9pm at Groote Kerk side wall [Church Square] Roxanne Campbell: Color Bar [ongoing screening] 8pm venue to be announced
Dean Hutton: #fuckwhitepeople
9pm at 6 Spin Street
Steven Cohen: Sphincterology, the politics of an arsehole
SA T U R D A Y 2 5 F E B
10am start point at Hiddingh Campus
Foofwa d’Imobilité: Dancewalk
6.30pm at Hiddingh Campus
Genna Gardini: MS Independent: Diagnosis
7.00pm at Arena Theatre
Anthea Moys & Roberto Pombo: Rechoir
7.30pm at Hiddingh Hall
Alan Parker: Ghostdance for one
8.15pm / Break & Bar
8.45pm at Little Theatre
Panaibra Gabriel Canda: Time and Spaces: The Marrabenta Solos
S U N D A Y 2 6 F E B
5.30pm at Little Theatre
Keynote speech: Nomusa Makhubu
Reflections discussion: Katlego Disemelo,
Gabrielle Goliath & Bettina Malcomess,
6.30pm at Hiddingh Hall
Khanyisile Mbongwa: kuDanger!
7pm at Arena Theatre
Thembinkosi Goniwe: Performing ‘Bantu Madonna’
7.30pm / Break & Bar
8pm at Arena Quad
Albert Khoza: Take in Take out (to live is to be sick to die is to live)

Twitter @GIPCA_ICA         Instagram  GIPCA_ICA             fb Institute for Creative Arts – ICA

INFO:  Lindsay McDonald | | +27 (0) 76 1010 421

You might also like…