"The big game of change"

Puppet Parade, Giant Match Association. photo: Sydelle Willow Smith / Infecting The City 2014

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 supports innovative, socially-engaged African artists across mediums. AIR works in partnership with residencies throughout the world to identify exceptional African artists and fund their airfare to residencies.

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Badilisha Poetry X-Change is the largest online collective of African poets on the planet. It consists of an audio archive and radio show. So far, Badilisha has showcased and archived over 500 Pan-African poets from 31 different countries. It gives voice to poets across the continent and the diaspora.

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Everyday African Urbanism is a conceptual framework that focuses on everyday interaction in African cities. To plan a different future, the framework argues that we have to first understand the lived reality of people in urban spaces. The Africa Centre applied this framework to a research project titled: The Food Security Lab.

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Infecting the City is the longest running public arts festival in South Africa. It brings free, socially-engaged performance and visual art into the public spaces of Cape Town and Mbombela. The festival has been held annually since 2007, and in 2019 will transition to being held every two years. Infecting the City features South African and international artists. It aspires to bring the extraordinary to everyday places, and make public space genuinely welcoming for the public.

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Through a series of live events, videos and audiocasts, Talking Heads showcases the ideas of exceptional thought leaders who live, work and innovate across the African continent.

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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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