Live Art Network Africa Gathering | 16-19 February 2023

05 Dec 2022
05 Dec 2022


Bernard Akoi-Jackson. REDTAPEONBOTTLENECK. LANA Symposium 2018. Photograph by Xolani Tulumani.

Download the expanded programme here.

Live art (sometimes known as performance art) is an ephemeral art form. Works rarely live beyond the moment of their performance -- this is the magic, the risk and the allure of this transient, non-commercial art form. 

As a consequence though, artists have difficulty sustaining careers in live art precisely because it is momentary and unsellable. Despite the fact that live art (as performance, as ritual, as activism) has existed for centuries on the African continent, in the absence of infrastructure on the continent to support its growth and sustainability, the form is fragile. 

In 2018 a group of practitioners, producers and writers met to address this fragility and allay the loss. The Live Art Network Africa (LANA) was established to create a platform for live art practitioners to connect with one another and the world -- a resource for producers, production houses, writers, and curators as well as for artists. View the 2018 Symposium programme here.

At the LANA Gathering in February 2023, a website specifically designed for LANA, which is in development, prior to its official launch later this year, will be presented. It will be a resource and platform for amplifying live art on the continent and in the diaspora. It will by no means be complete, but constitutes a momentous first step.

Sethembile Msezane. Excerpts from the past. ICA Live Art Festival 2017. Photography by Ashley Walters.

The launch of the website will be accompanied by live art performances from Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Algeria, Mozambique, South Africa and Nigeria amongst others. A symposium will engage critical themes around the development and sustainability of live art in Africa. 

Download the expanded programme here.

All sessions are free but booking is essential. Book online via Quicket.

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Jelili Atiku. Come Let Me Clutch Thee. ICA Live Art Festival 2017. Photography by Ashley Walters.