Minister of Arts & Culture, Nathi Mthethwa commends youth participation in Infecting the City Public Arts Festival in Cape Town

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11 Mar 2015

The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) in partnership with Africa Centre is proud to host the annual Cape Town Infecting The City (ITC), Public Arts Festival.

The annual festival begun on Monday, 09 to 13 March 2015 in the Cape Town CBD.

Infecting The City Public Arts Festival is an annual event that stimulates local artistic participation. It further contributes to growing diverse creative industries such as visual arts, music, dance, film, and storytelling. It is a free, multi-disciplinary public arts festival that brings artistic excellence and interactive performances out of the theatres and galleries and into the communal spaces.

Since its humble beginnings in 2008, the festival today showcases over 300 art forms including international and local collaborations.

The support of the Department of Arts and Culture through the Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) Strategy, the festival continues to offer artists the opportunity for self-expression which is vital in promoting youth participation.

“This platforms offers an opportunity for youngsters to express their artistic voice and thus play a role in nation building and social cohesion. We are happy that youth participation has grown over the years and more young people are taking up as a career option.

“The works presented give an insight into the thinking and imagination of our young people who should be actively engaged in creating the society of the future. The arts provide opportunities for self-employment, building small creative enterprises and shaping the society of the future,” said Minister Mthethwa

The festival contributes to the development of creative industries. Through its diverse arts offerings, it creates opportunity for all to experience and enjoy the arts freely without boundaries and formalities. This year, the audience are, again, exposed to a thrilling week of a mix of works across all artistic disciplines.

As we continue to celebrate 20 years of Freedom and Democracy, the DAC further regards Public Arts Festivals as one of the milestones through which to celebrate our young democracy.

The Department of Arts and Culture, through the Mzansi Golden Economy strategy, is fully committed to supporting the development of Public Art. Through this initiative, the department seeks to create certainty and continuity of creative sector’s initiatives, and to support large scale interventions that optimise the growth and employment potential of the sector. For a full programme, please visit www.infectingthecity.com

Media enquiries: Sandile Memela:SandileM@dac.gov.za/ 082 800 3750