INFECTING THE CITY - the Spier Public Arts Festival

INFECTING THE CITY
INFECTING THE CITY
INFECTING THE CITY
INFECTING THE CITY
INFECTING THE CITY
INFECTING THE CITY
INFECTING THE CITY
INFECTING THE CITY
INFECTING THE CITY
INFECTING THE CITY

INFECTING THE CITY (ITC) is South Africa’s only Public Arts Festival. Brett developed and curated the festival for 4 years, from 2008 – 2011.

Brett’s vision was to establish a Festival ‘devoted to making art freely available to everybody. To turn the public spaces of Cape Town into stimulating, buzzing, creative places where you can be intrigued, touched and informed by the arts. Where you can see our world through different lenses.’

‘In a society that has as many complex issues as ours, if one is commandeering the communal spaces of the city, it is not enough merely to provide entertainment for the public. There is a moral imperative to tackle the pressing issues of our day, and to ask artists to apply themselves to these.’

This philosophy determined the ITC themes:

2009: ‘Home Affairs’ looked at xenophobia and human displacement.

2010: ‘Human Rite’ urged artists to envision the Cape Town CBD as a living organism, and to ask ‘what requires integration, transformation and healing? Who needs a platform, and whose stories need to be told?’

2011: ‘Treasure’ incorporated several realms of local treasures: culturally diverse music and performance forms, heritage sites, the valuable recyclable matter discarded in the trash, and the invisible functionaries of the City.


See the ARTICLE link below for a Mail & Guardian interview with Brett on Public Art.


ITC, funded for 4 years by Spier, is a project of the Africa Centre.

Visit the ITC website on the link below for more information.

www.infectingthecity.com