The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) has appointed Scout to publicise the (Un)Infecting the City public arts festival across non-traditional and traditional media channels.

The longest running public arts festival in South Africa, Infecting the City, renamed (Un)Infecting the City for this year, offers a unique opportunity to bring art, music, dance and performance out of theatres and galleries and into the streets and public spaces of Cape Town. The Festival reimagines transport and shopping hubs, squares, gardens and public walkways as transformative stages, showcasing an array of multi-disciplinary art forms, and creating a platform for artworks that engage with historical and contemporary narratives relevant to the City and its people.

As South Africa grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s (Un)Infecting the City will have a particular thematic focus on the psychological and social impacts of COVID-19.

COVID-19 has led to a dramatic loss of human life nationwide, and the beginning of 2021, in particular, has seen many people having to come to terms with the loss of loved ones. The pandemic has also presented an unprecedented challenge to mental health, food systems and employment.

Still observing the Festival’s city-based concerns of urbanity and spatial politics, the 2021 (Un)Infecting the City will consider how these concerns have been further exacerbated by the pandemic. The Festival is set to take place in the 2nd quarter of 2021.