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ICA’s flagship Live Art Festival

March 19 - April 3

The ICA’s flagship Live Art Festival (LAF) is a biennial interdisciplinary festival, which began in 2012.

It is designed to challenge and extend the public’s experience of live art in a non-commercial environment and make accessible the work of visual and performing artists who explore new forms, break boundaries, flout aesthetic conventions, tackle controversy, confront audiences and experiment with perceptions. This year the festival will be held from 19 March to 3 April 2022 in various venues in Cape Town.


Running themes for the festival include sentient beingthe earth still shakespublic intimacies and Performative Utopiassentient being speaks to the idea of consciousness in all that lives, a way of approaching a perennial ICA theme, the age of the Anthropocene, comprising a collection of works that will be performed in collaboration with the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden; the earth still shakes comprises a series of works that address the continued if not worsening precarity of people in the wake of a lack of transformation; public intimacies considers what intimacy means in the wake of a pandemic and other intensities, embodying the paradox of the pressure on and the necessity for intimacy; and Performative Utopias, a tribute to the late curator Dominique Malaquais, embraces the possibilities and impossibilities of utopian futures

Tickets are free but limited. Booking is essential


March 19
April 3