The Africa Centre was established in 2005 as an international centre for creativity, artistic excellence and intellectual engagement. We are a social innovator based in Cape Town, South Africa, with a directive extending to the rest of the African continent.
The vision of the Africa Centre is brought to life with a number of projects that present as either on-going initiatives, events, or online projects. Beyond Talking Heads, the Africa Centre’s current projects include:
- Infecting the City – is a free, multi-disciplinary public arts festival that brings high-quality, socially engaged performance and visual art out of theatres and galleries and locates these in the communal spaces of the City of Cape Town, for all citizens.
- Artists in Residency Programme – in partnership with international residency organisations around the world, AIR awards residency opportunities to African artists who are highly engaged with social issues and their art forms, and who work across all artistic disciplines.
- Badilisha Poetry X-Change – a poetry podcast platform dedicated to the discovery, exposure and archiving of contemporary and historical poetic voices from Africa and its Diaspora.
- Everyday African Urbanism – a research and intervention laboratory, which seeks to understand and intervene in some of Africa’s most pressing social challenges. The current lab focuses on food security within the context of South African cities.
- WikiAfrica – is designed to redress the critical imbalance of factual information about Africa online. WikiAfrica encourages, supports and challenges individuals and institutions across Africa to contribute their knowledge of Africa to the most commonly used online encyclopedia, Wikipedia.