Live art festival at venues across city

Desire Marea will be performing on Saturday March 19 at UCT’s Hiddingh Campus in Orange Street, Cape Town, at 8.30pm. PICTURE: Musa Dlamini

The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is hosting its flagship Live Art Festival (LAF) from Saturday March 19 to Sunday April 3 at sites across the city.

The artists taking part in the 38 productions in the festival will explore new forms, flout aesthetic conventions, confront audiences and experiment with different perceptions.

Featured South African artists include Tracey Rose, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Rehane Abrahams, Phumulani Ntuli, Albert Khoza and Princess Mhlongo, Ilze Wolff, Ntone Edjabe, Qondiswa James and Gavin Krastin. Also appearing will be international artists such as Nora Chipaumire from New York/Harare, Eric Androa Mindre Kolo from Paris/Kinshasa, Syowia Kyambi from Nairobi, and Zora Snake and Christian Etongo from Yaoundé.

Now in its ninth year, this flagship festival from the ICA touches on everything from how water is connected to blackness, rituals and the ancestral realm, to queerness and ecological urgency. This year, it will touch particularly on the effects and after-effects of the pandemic.

The venues include UCT’s Hiddingh Campus in Orange Street, Cape Town; Zeitz MOCCA and precinct at the V&A Waterfront; Iziko Slave Lodge, corner Adderley and Wale streets, Cape Town; and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

The full ICA LAF programme can be viewed at Tickets are free but space is limited, so book early. For more information email