Symposiums & Colloquiums

The ICA's interdisciplinary vision drives its diverse range of symposiums and colloquiums. Read more about these events, including intersect3rd Space and Remaking Place.

ICA Live Art Festival

The ICA’s flagship Live Art Festival is a biennial interdisciplinary festival, which began in 2012. It is designed to challenge and extend the public’s experience of live art in a non-commercial environment and make accessible the work of visual and performing artists who explore new forms, break boundaries, flout aesthetic conventions, tackle controversy, confront audiences and experiment with perceptions. Read more.



Live Art Network Africa (LANA)

LANA was launched by the ICA at a three-day event in February 2018 comprising a symposium, performances and networking sessions held at UCT’s Hiddingh Campus. LANA is a unique platform connecting artists and academics practising and researching in the interdisciplinary, disruptive field of live art. Read more.

Live Art Workshop

The Live Art Workshop engages participants in a rich programme of workshops and lectures presented by esteemed practitioners and educators. The first Live Art Workshop took place from 29 March – 14 April 2019. Read more.




Great Texts/Big Questions

In line with the its interdisciplinary focus, the ICA launched the Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series in 2010, which aims to engender an exchange of ideas and opinion structured around a specific text or piece of work that is of interest or importance to the public. A range of prominent academics, artists and writers have been invited to present at the Great Texts lecture series over the years – William Kentridge, Gayatri Spivak, Sisonke Msimang and Achille Mbembe are just a few. Read more.


Medical Humanities

The Medical Humanities public lecture series comprises medical practitioners, scientists, theatre-makers, artists and poets whose lectures and presentations engage with the growing interdisciplinary field of medical humanities, in pursuit of intellectual synergies and their application to medical pedagogy and practice. It is presented by the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, and the ICA. Read more.


The ICA’s 2019 publication Acts of Transgression: Contemporary Live Art in South Africa, edited by Jay Pather and Catherine Boulle, is the first book about live art in the country. In 2016, the Institute published Relocations: Reading Culture in South Africa edited by Cóilín Parsons, Imraan Coovadia and Alexandra Dodd. Read more about these groundbreaking publications.



The ICA grants fellowships to artists and academics interested in extending their research while engaging with the postgraduate creative arts community at ICA. Fellowships provide candidates with time on UCT campus and access to the University’s facilities; the opportunity to engage extensively with UCT’s research community, and interaction with ICA’s Live Art, Interdisciplinary and Public Art postgraduate cohort. Read more about Fellows’ activity.

Black Art & Communities at Heart (BACAH)

BACAH is a conversation series, conceptualised and hosted by ICA National Fellowship Recipient Mandisi Sindo. Prior to each event, an invited writer submits commentary to a selected respondent for comment. Read more.