The Africa Centre

5 March 2012

The Africa Centre is both a physical entity and an ongoing philosophical journey, which provides a platform for exploring contemporary Pan-African cultural practice as a catalyst for social change.

The Africa Centre was established in 2005 as an international creative centre and social innovator based in Cape Town, South Africa. The vision of the Africa Centre is brought to life with a number of projects that either play out through the calendar year, or online.

Current Projects include:
The Artists in Residency (AIR) programme supports artists from Africa who are provocative, innovative, relevant and highly engaged with both social issues and their art forms. AIR manifests through existing artist in residency partnerships around the world that are prepared to select an artist from a short list provided by the Africa Centre, created from a Continental search.

The Badilisha Poetry X-change project plays out its vision through Badilisha Radio, a podcast platform. Badilisha’s intention is to platform who and what Africa has to say to itself and the rest of the world. Each week, two new poets are featured on the website. Poets are drawn from the continent or the Diaspora and represent the diverse genres of poetry, maintaining a good balance of established and aspirant poets.

The Everyday African Urbanism initiative has embarked on three prototyping labs to find out more about problematic urban issues, to test suppositions and to generate working models that can be replicated, enhanced and scaled for larger application. Each lab engages a multi-disciplinary, bespoke team to understand and provide solutions to a relevant urban challenge within a designated timeframe.

Infecting The City (ITC) is an annual avant-garde public art festival, conceived to deliver provocative and novel site-specific performance art. It has been planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited and staged in the public domain, and is free and accessible to the public.

Talking Heads is a multi–layered, knowledge-sharing platform conceived to identify, showcase, network and expose Africa’s thought leaders. It profiles the ideas, visions and manifestations of the extraordinary people living on this Continent.

WikiAfrica sustains Wikipedia as a free, open and truly global encyclopaedia by encouraging, supporting and challenging individuals and institutions across Africa to contribute their knowledge of Africa to the most commonly used online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia.

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