Infecting the City 2012
The Festival

Get the best from the Fest

There were so many exciting things on the programme in 2011 that at first it could have appeared daunting. But closer inspection of these suggestions by Festival Curator Brett Bailey ensured that arts lovers got the best of the Fest.

The Cape Town Station Forecourt was the Festival Hub, which was buzzing with activity from 8h15 to 17h30 each day.

A great time to be there was at lunchtime (from 13h00 to 14h00), when music lovers could listen to one of the extraordinary bands that was performing on the Music Gem Stage. Festival goers kept visiting the Festival Hub over the week to witness the transformation of piles of recyclable waste by the Slice of Life artists – and many got there on the first morning of the Festival to see all the junk piles laid out, and then came again on Saturday to see the finished artworks.

While at the Station, audience took a few minutes to study some of Cape Town’s most interesting visual art at the Satellite Galleries.

Then, took a turn at Golden Eggs: Sick Hens under the trees along Adderley Street, to see how Mafuta Ink’s installation was progressing. They entered the Video Booth and enjoyed Peter Aerschmann’s short film Urban Diamonds, and visited the Floral Kingdom on the corner of Adderley Street and Strand Street where a team of gardeners was filling the rockeries with indigenous plants from the Cape – and leaving a floral legacy to celebrate the Station’s 150th anniversary.

Several tours started from the Festival Hub: Relics of Place, First Class Treasures and the Treasure Hunt. There was a Festival Info Desk next to the white container – where people dropped in for information, to book a place for any of the tours or to get tickets for Talking Heads.

Infecting The City cast the spotlight on some of our cultural gems in 2011 on the Jewel Stages at different sites in the City Centre. The Jewels performed twice a day, at 11h00 and 13h10, and each day the Jewel Stages followed a different route. Art lovers consuledt the Festival Map to ensure they were in the right place at the right time.

Art lovers with a twinkle in their step also learned South Africa’s version of Samba, by taking part in lunchtime Jazzing classes on St George’s Mall.

The public artworks wound their way through the City: Watermarks, The Ministry for THe glorious PreservAtion oF the Kultural TReasures of the Mother City, The Number 1 Unexpected Undercover Cleaning Agency and Invisible Gold.

If audiences felt like talking to the artists and hearing what various cultural thinkers had to say about the programme, the artworks or the Festival, they attended Feedback.

The artworks on the Festival were divided into four exciting sections: