Infecting the City makes Green contagious

One of Cape Town’s most creative annual interventions is ‘Infecting the City’.  It’s billed as Africa’s only Public Art Festival.  What is the definition of public art?  ‘Public art’ needs to be freely accessible to everybody in a public space,”  says Festival Director Brett Bailey.  “Defining ‘art’ is a much more difficult task…” 

Treasures is this year’s title and environmental concerns are taken aboard and creatively highlighted.  You can visit the Festival Hub each day of the Festival to see how a team of artists deals with these critical issues. And you can follow some of these activities by logging onto the links we will be providing.
Slices of Life:
Infecting the City provides insight into our lifestyles through Slices Of Life:
The statistics are shocking: residents, visitors and businesses in Cape Town generate almost 2kg of rubbish per person a day.
For each day of the Festival see how a team of artists deals with these critical issues. Thanks to Wasteplan, one weeks’ garbage from 200 Cape households has been gathered, cleaned and sorted into different types of recyclable material.
The garbage was collected from 40 houses in five different income areas: Camps Bay/Clifton, Pinelands, Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain and the Central Business District (CBD).
On the first day 20 piles of ‘Slices of Life’ will be displayed on the Festival Hub then throughout the Festival week these artists will transform this material into artworks. Come and watch their progress every day as they build their monuments of Wasted Treasure.



Doung Dala showcases invisible river at Infecting the City

Leaving a broad pink trail from the Molteno Dam in Gardens, down Government Avenue and Adderley Street to the sea, Durban-based architect and public artist, Doung Dala, spends the Festival week marking the hidden course of the Vaarste River.
This is one of four rivers that flows off Table Mountain and vanishes under the tarmac of the City.
Only recently has much of this water been channelled to irrigate the Cape Town Stadium, but beneath the City millions of litres of valuable mountain water still run into the sea.
Bringing together the ritual and the political, doung will map the invisible river with river pebbles daubed with an environmentally safe pink powder (ingomanamakosi ) that is used by sangomas as a binding element during the process of making umuthi (medicine). For more information about the rivers under Cape Town,

Relics of Place:


 Caron van Zeil will take festival goers on an evocative tour of Cape Town’s natural water supply.

Caron van Zeil of ‘Reclaim Camissa’ will whip a minibus load of people around the outskirts of the CBD for 90 minutes daily tour of historical sites connected to Cape Town’s natural water supply.
Cape Town became a refreshment post due to its location and sweet, fresh water … few locals and visitors, however, know about the Little Venice that lies underneath the City of Cape Town, waiting for you to discover and explore.
While doing her Masters in Environmental Planning and Landscape Architecture a few years ago, Caron found open land pockets that were green all year round.
Cape Town used to be referred to as Camissa (‘Place of Sweet Water’) by the Khoi, and was noted as such on old Spanish and Portuguese maps.
Caron will introduce small groups to the CBD’s hidden waterways, take them for a short underground tour, visiting seven different precincts, including Stadtsfontein, a spring that spews over 2.5 million litres of water into the City’s storm water system daily.