Infecting the City is Back! Call for Proposals

27 Mar 2019 - 13:30

The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) and Africa Centre announce a call for proposals to present at the Infecting the City public arts festival 2019, which will run from 25 – 30 November 2019

The longest running public arts festival in South Africa, Infecting the City (ITC) offers a unique opportunity to bring art, music, dance and performance out of theatres and galleries and into the streets and public spaces of Cape Town.

Infecting the City reimagines transport and shopping hubs, squares, gardens and public walkways as transformative stages, showcasing an array of multi-disciplinary art forms, and creating a platform for artworks that engage with historical and contemporary narratives relevant to the City and its people.

The Festival seeks to challenge audiences, transgress aesthetic and disciplinary boundaries, shift perspectives and help make sense of the public spaces we occupy. 

This open call is for both established and emerging artists to submit proposals to present a work at Infecting the City 2019. 

The proposal can be for a full ensemble piece, an intervention, a live performance, a visual art piece, an installation, a video, a happening, working with technology, via social media, totally interactive or some other form newly imagined. 

All works should be situated in, or interact with, a public environment, and should actively engage intentional and incidental audiences in compelling ways. This focus on public participation/audience involvement will be a very strong recommendation.

The Festival does not have a specific theme, but we encourage works that concern issues of urbanity, that prompt audiences to perceive shared spaces and spatial politics in new ways, that are imbricated with South Africa’s socio-political context. Works may be short and whimsical, full length or comprise sustained participation over a few days. 

Successful applications will receive technical and venue/site-specific support, technical management and operation, and marketing and administrative support. In addition, projects will be offered some monetary support to augment their budgets.

How to apply:
Interested applicants should submit a single PDF file containing the following:

  • Name, email address, contact telephone numbers
  • A concept document of no more than 1 page outlining the proposed creative artwork to be presented at Infecting the City 2019. Please include images and links where possible.
  • If the work has been performed before, please include links to access the work.
  • Curriculum Vitae of artist/s or company
  • Budget, indicating clearly which part of the budget would need monetary support from the ICA.

Proposal submissions will be received from now up until 5pm, Friday 31 May 2019.  All submissions to be sent to: with the subject line ITC PROPOSAL.
For more information, please email the ICA office:

Photographs courtesy of Africa Centre