Infecting the City 2012
About Us

Infecting the City is presented by the Africa Centre.

Founded in 2005, as a not-for-profit organisation, the Africa Centre creates a platform for exploring contemporary Pan-African artistic practice as a catalyst for social change.  It provides a new arts and cultural voice in Africa, for Africans. For a range of historical, political and economic reasons, many of the important collections and productions of African art today are located/performed outside of Africa. As a result, Africans living on the continent have limited access to their own artistic heritage and the work of contemporary practitioners.

Based in South Africa, the Africa Centre is both a physical entity and an ongoing philosophical journey that aims to redress some of these imbalances. Its objectives are to: celebrate both the visual and performance heritages of Africa; formulate innovative models for presenting, debating and encouraging the production of art; provide broad access to the creative work and ideas of historical and contemporary African artists; and re-examine the role, identity, transience and creation of art.

Infecting the City is part of a fleet of projects presented by the Africa Centre, which include:

  • Artist in Residency Programme – in partnership with multiple residencies from around the world, this project will award, across artistic discipline, 10 residencies in 2011.
  • Badilisha! Poetry X-Change – a celebration of languages, cultures and styles of presenting poetry through two annual live poetry events and a new internet based radio station.
  • Pan-African Space Station – a genre-busting exploration of global African music. The project is comprised of a 30-day annual festival in Cape Town and an online radio station that operates throughout the year.
  • Spier Contemporary – the largest South African visual and performance art biennale exhibition, which includes over 100 artists and tours Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
  • Space for Pan African Research Creation and Knowledge – an artist-in-residency programme based in Senegal, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Africa.
  • Talking Heads – a live and video discussion forum of Africa’s thought leaders.

To find out more about the Africa Centre’s current programmes and approach visit