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Wednesday, January 1, 2020


(Nelisiwe Xaba, Bang Bang Wo. ICA Live Art Festival 2018.
Photograph by Xolani Tulumani)

Deadline for submissions: 16h00 on January 31, 2020.

The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) announces a call for proposals for the ICA Live Art Festival 2020 in Cape Town from August 22 to September 6, 2020.

Since 2012, this Festival has challenged and extended the public’s experience of live art in a non-commercial environment. Prior to 2012, there were no exclusive platforms for live art on the continent. Within this vacuum, the ICA Live Art Festival has established a world-renowned meeting ground for live art practitioners – not just to stage work to diverse publics, but to form and sustain relationships with a variety of organisations, places, and cultures.

This open call is for both established and emerging artists to submit proposals to present a work at the ICA Live Art Festival 2020. The deadline for submissions is 16h00 on January 31, 2020.

The proposal can be for a live performance, a digital work, a performative installation or intervention, or some other form newly imagined. The ICA does not prescribe a specific theme. Works may be short and whimsical, full length or comprise sustained participation over a few days.

Successful applications will receive technical, publicity and administrative support, and some monetary support to augment their budgets.

How to apply:
Go to where you will be required to submit your contact details, details of the proposed work, budget, technical requirements, etc.

Submissions will be accepted via the webform above until 16h00 on January 31, 2020.

The ICA will not accept applications via email.
Queries should be directed to with the subject line LAF 2020