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Public Arts Festival goes environmentally friendly

Wasteman, one of South Africa’s biggest waste management service organisations, has donated over 12 tonnes of recyclable waste and the use of a Wasteman truck and two of its workers to this year’s Infecting the City Public Arts Festival, running from 21st to 26th February.

Returning to Cape Town for the fourth time to shake up and energise the Mother City this public arts festival places provocative, innovative art in the communal spaces of the City’s Central Business District (CBD).

The theme for the 2011 Festival is Treasure, which encapsulates the vibrant and cosmopolitan diversity of Cape Town.  Wasteman’s 12 Tonnes of recylced waste is in the form of huge bales of sorted compressed recycled material. These bales will support the Music Gems Stage, a major feature of the Festival.

Says the Festival’s Curator, Brett Bailey: “We are building our Music Gems Stage out of bales of compacted recyclable trash: tin cans, plastic bags and cardboard. These gorgeous blocks weigh up to 400 kgs each, and make a bold statement about the bulk of valuable matter that we discard with such negligence.”

Prominently placed on the Festival Hub (the forecourt of the recently refurbished Cape Town Station), the innovative Music Gems stage will host the very best, and yet least known of Cape Town’s rich musical traditions. These Music Gems include, among others, such diverse musical styles as the first Goema Symphony, Japanese Taiko Drumming, congalese car guard quartette,and the traditional farm hymns of the Delta Soetstemme choir.

Wasteman has also donated the use of one of its refuse collection trucks and two Wasteman workers to an art intevention called Invisible Gold. This artwork is being created by chreographer and dancer Owen Manamela who is determined to cast the spotlight on the little-acknowledged human treasures that make our City work.

Malcolm Smith, Recycling Coordinator at Wasteman Western Cape said: “We are proud to be part of this initiative in showcasing recycling in such a creative way. We hope that through Infecting the City we can encourage and inspire more people to consider their environment and make recycling part of their lifestyle.”

The Festival Hub will be located on the newly refurbished Forecourt of the Cape Town Station – the ‘Gateway to the City’, which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2011. Bottom of Form

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