Cape Town will stage the 2017 LIVE ART Festival from 2 to 26 February 2017. Launched by The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA), the festival will showcase a gathering of some of the most influential artists from around Africa.


LIVE ART 2017 establishes itself as pioneer in the region, blurring the fields of fine art, dance, theatre, music and literature to form a unique platform for cutting-edge interdisciplinary art. New and transformative interactions are made possible within diverse personal, political, public and architectural spaces.

The audience will be navigated to the corners of their comfort zones while being transported into a creative world of theatre unfamiliar in South African borders. LIVE ART 2017 offers audiences an immersive experience to connect with relevant issues confronting society on a journey of the imagination that embraces the outer-limits of society.

ICA Director and Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, Jay Pather, comments on the significance of the Festival:

“LIVE ART 2017 represents the intersection of visual and performing arts and culture with some of the enduring personal and political themes of our time and provides an arena for these elements to clash, marry, and influence each other. Our efforts to engage audiences and expand their expectations of the possibilities of live theatre and art, brings to life some of the most esoteric and experimental work by key African artists.”

The 2017 programme features screenings, performances, artworks and interactive installations by over thirty contemporary artists including:

  • Standard Bank Young Artist Award-winners Donna Kukama and Anthea Moys
  • Zimbabwean-born, New York-based celebrated choreographer and performer Nora Chipaumire
  • Nigerian multimedia artist, Jelili Atiku
  • Acclaimed choreographer and performer, Mamela Nyamza
  • British-Ghanaian visual artist, Larry Achiampong
  • Mozambican choreographer, Panaibra Gabriel Canda
  • Pioneering and internationally-renowned South African performance artist, Steven Cohen

And many more!

LIVE ART 2017 is supported by the Mellon Foundation, the University of Cape Town, Iziko Museums of South Africa, Pro Helvetia, the British Council Connect ZA and the Goethe-Institut Lagos.




LIVE ART 2017 Launch: Thursday 2 February as part of First Thursdays event, Cape Town

Official Programme: Friday 10 February to Sunday 26 February 2017

Where: Public spaces across the City of Cape Town

Entrance fee: All performances are FREE of charge


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