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The Africa Centre was formally established in 2004 as a Non-Profit Section 21 Corporation by Tanner Methvin, Ralph Freese and Adrian Enthoven in Cape Town, South Africa. This group became the original Board of Directors.It began operations in 2005 as an international arts and culture centre and social innovator based in Cape Town, South Africa. It is structured as a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to provide a platform for Pan-African arts and cultural practice to function as a catalyst for social change. All the projects it conducts, facilitates or supports have some social intention. These projects are supported by a variety of Pan-African artists. Physical offices are in Long Street, Cape Town, South Africa/ on the 5th floor, 28 St Georges Mall, Cape Town.

See also Africa Cultural Centre, Newtown, Johannesburg.


The Africa Centre projects include:

Infecting the City (ITC)

A provocative, site-specific, public art intervention that resonates with and challenges people to connect with each other and the City, through art. 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. It provides an opportunity to bring high quality, thought-provoking art, music, dance and performance out of theatres and galleries and into the streets and public areas of Cape Town’s Central Business District (CBD).

This is undertaken in partnership with Institute for Creative Arts

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Artists in Residency Programme

In partnership with international residency organisations around the world, the project awards residency opportunities to African artists, across disciplines, who are highly engaged with social issues and their art forms.

Space for Pan African Research Creation and Knowledge

A Pan-African initiative of experimental multi-disciplinary residencies, workshops, exhibitions, publications and performances centered on innovative approaches to urban space.

Badilisha Poetry X-Change

A poetry podcast platform exclusively dedicated to the exposure and archive of both the contemporary and historical voices from Africa and its Diaspora.

Spier Contemporary

The largest visual and performance art biennale in Africa, featuring artwork from over 100 artists at each of its iterations.

Everyday African Urbanism

A way of seeing and solving urban problems.

Talking Heads

Sharing the ideas, visions and manifestations of extraordinary people living in Africa. Infecting the City - an annual public arts festival that stages and exhibits thought-provoking works in the communal spaces of Cape Town.


An international collaboration that uses a range of interventions to redresses the critical imbalance of factual information about Africa on Wikipedia.

Pan-African Space Station

A genre-busting exploration of global African music that turns on sound interventions across Africa via its online radio station.


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