Cape Town’s streets, buildings, billboards and taxis are set to come alive with (Un)Infecting the City, a free-to-the-public arts festival launching on May 8 and running until June 30, 2021!

The longest running public arts festival in South Africa, Infecting the City, renamed (Un) Infecting the City for 2021, offers a unique opportunity to bring art, music, dance and performance out of theatres and galleries and into the public spaces of Cape Town. The 2021 Festival upholds this spirit, but has agilely updated its format to allow for social distancing.

In previous years, the Festival has remained transport and shopping hubs, squares, gardens and public walkways as transformative stages. It showcased an array of multi-disciplinary art forms, and created a platform for artworks that engage with historical and contemporary narratives relevant to the City and its people. As South Africa grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic, (Un)Infecting the City 2021 will have a particular thematic focus on the psychological and social impacts of Covid-19.

Reimagined as a crowd-free event and taking place across multiple outdoor venues, (Un)Infecting the City also incorporates digital and virtual elements that can be experienced by anyone with access to the Internet, and from anywhere. Comprising eight different programmes staged over May and June, (Un) Infecting the City offers a wealth of culturally-rich opportunities that are entirely free to the public.

Read more about the Festival’s programme, artists and artworks on the (Un)Infecting the City 2021 website.

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