"Bend the box if it doesn’t fit"

Strand by Athina Vahla, photo: Chris Saunders / Infecting The City 2011

The vision of the Africa Centre is brought to life through a number of projects and innovations that manifest as live events, online projects, or ongoing interventions.

The AIR programme has been designed to support and celebrate the achievements of artists from Africa who are provocative, innovative and highly engaged, both with social issues and their art forms. AIR works in partnership with residencies throughout the world to identify African artists and fund their airfare to the residency.

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Badilisha Poetry X-Change is both an online audio archive and Pan-African poetry show delivered in radio format. Now the largest online collective of African poets on the planet, Badilisha has showcased and archived over 350 Pan-African poets from 22 different countries. It reflects the myriad of rhythms and rhymes, voices, perspectives and aspirations from all corners of the globe.

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Everyday African Urbanism is a conceptual framework that filters out the macro picture of city life and instead focuses on the micro-spaces of everyday engagement and interaction. To re-imagine and re-define the meaning of urban life and  plot a different future/s, we have to first understand what is actually going on through the practices of the people who live there. The Africa Centre has applied this framework to an intervention titled: The Food Security Lab.

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Infecting the City is a free, multi-disciplinary public arts festival that brings artistic excellence, and socially engaged performance and visual art, out of the theatres and galleries and into the communal spaces of two South African cities – Cape Town and Mbombela.

Held annually in each city, it now includes productions from South African and international talent, and is the longest running public arts festival in the country. It aspires to place the extraordinary, neatly into our lives and convert public space into places that are genuinely for the public.

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Through a series of intimate live events, short videos and audiocasts, Talking Heads profiles and platforms some of the exceptional ideas that have originated from the African continent, and the people behind them who live, work and innovate in Africa across all spheres of public and private life.

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WikiAfrica collaboratively uses a range of grassroots activations and innovative interventions to rebalance the critical lack of information about all aspects of Africa on Wikipedia. It works to inspire, activate, support and sustain the continuing contribution of individuals, communities and organisations from across the continent on Wikipedia.

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Past Projects

SPARCK

Space for Pan African Research Creation and Knowledge:
A Pan-African initiative of experimental multi-disciplinary residencies, workshops, exhibitions, publications and performances centered on innovative approaches to urban space.

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Pan-African Space Station

Pan-African Space Station (PASS):
A genre-busting exploration of global African music that turns on sound interventions across Africa via its online radio station.

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Spier Contemporary

Spier Contemporary:
The largest visual and performance art biennale ever held in South Africa, featuring artwork from over 100 artists at each of its iterations.

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