Arts and Culture supports Infecting The City in Mbombela

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15 Jan 2014

The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) and Africa Centre will present the Infecting The City public arts festival in Mbombela on 16 -17 January 2014. Characterised by vibrant and unexpected arts and culture manifestations, Infecting The City is one of the most extraordinary free annual public arts festivals on the African continent. It will be for the first time that the festival will be hosted in Mbombela since it is known to be a highlight on the Cape Town calendar.

During the festival, Mbombela will become the backdrop and stage to a mesmerising showcase of live culture across artistic disciplines that include dance, song, poetry and theatre. Audiences will have the chance to engage with 17 local and national artists integrating with the public spaces in a new and unusual form.

According to the Director-General of the Department of Arts & Culture, Mr Sibusiso Xaba; public arts festivals like Infecting The City are vital in stimulating local economies and they contribute to the Mzansi Golden Economy strategy wherein cities such as Mbombela become hubs for creative industries. The festivals provide performance opportunities for artists and are catalysts for audience development and access to the arts..

“As we count down towards the celebrations of 20 Years of Democracy and Freedom, we view festivals such as Infecting The City, as platforms that reflect our democracy and freedom - this ability to have self-expression is an important part of the way in which South Africans should celebrate from now until April 2014”, said Xaba.

 
Dates and times:

·         Thursday 16th January 2014 (09:00-13:00 and repeated at 14:00-18:00)

·         Friday 17th  January 2014 (09:00-13:00 and repeated at 14:00-18:00)

 
Enquiries: Mack Lewele on mailto:LisaC@dac.gov.za 012 441 3083 / 082 450 5076 or Teresa Shabalala on TeresaS@dac.gov.za 012 441 3595