In the Limelight: Exciting programme at Live Art Festival which is on in Cape Town, until April 2, 2022

What: ICA Live Art Festival (LAF)
When: March 19 to April 2, 2022
Venues: Sites across the city, including Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Programme: The full ICA LAF  can be viewed online here
Cost: Tickets are free but space is limited. Booking essential
Direct link on ICA website:
Twitter:   #ICALiveArtFestival #LAF2022      

It was thrilling to be at Hiddingh Campus, UCT, on Saturday evening, March 19, for the opening of the ICA’s Live Art Festival 2022- #LAF2022. The public art festival is on until April 2, 2022, in Cape Town. As with previous years, there is no charge to attend but bookings are essential at The opening programme was sold out. As of writing, most performances slots have been fully subscribed but keep checking as more tickets may be released for outdoor events. We are still governed by lockdown regulations and particularly for indoor events, numbers are limited. The vibe on Saturday night was brilliant. It was a full moon – the last full moon in the current astrological chart – and the night before the Autumn Equinox. On a balmy Cape Town March evening, the audience was rapt by the performances.  It was also the Human Rights Day weekend and there was a reflective and celebratory vibe at the opening – the joy of being able to commune together, in public at this innovative public art festival. Read more about #LAF2022 here: or see the festival website. Bravo to Jay Pather – director of the ICA (Institute of Creative Arts at UCT – formerly GIPCA), team of curators and funders for bringing a live iteration of Live Art Festival, while we still have lockdown regulations in place. Hopefully by 2023, Covid will be under control and the festival will have increased capacity in terms of ticket numbers. Many readers of TheCapeRobyn have messaged their disappointment that performances are sold out. Keep that in mind for 2023. Reserve your tickets as soon as booking is open.

Body and home: Mthuthuzeli Zimba’s The Detour, a featured performance at the opening of Live Art Festival 2022. Read more about Zimba’s body of work: Campus, UCT. Pic: © TheCapeRobyn/Robyn Cohen, March 19, 2022.

Opening celebrations: Festive vibe at the opening of the 2022 edition of Live Art Festival at Hiddingh Campus, UCT.
Pic: © TheCapeRobyn/Robyn Cohen, March 19, 2022.

Festive opening: Jay Pather – director of the ICA – Institute of Creative Arts at UCT, at the opening of the 2022 festival at Hiddingh Campus, UCT. Live Art Festival is the flagship event of the ICA. © TheCapeRobyn/Robyn Cohen, March 19, 2022.

❇ Image credits: © TheCapeRobyn/Robyn Cohen, March 19, 2022. Featured image- Desire Marea Nezimakade.