• August House is Dead, Long Live August House! by Kim Gurney

    August House: Where art and city-making meet

                          Writer, artist and research associate at the University of Cape Town’s African Centre for Cities (ACC), Kim Gurney pens a new book on the evolving art space, August House in Johannesburg. August House is Dead, Long Live August House! The Story of a Johannesburg […]

  • Cultivating Delft’s cultural capital

    Art in the spaces beyond Cape Town’s inner city art scene.

  • How art can change a city

    Beninese artist Romuald Hazoume questions urbanisation, governance, leadership and citizen participation in Cotonou with his exhibition ‘Aré.’

  • Bodas are gold in Kampala’s art scene

    Many Kampalans might view the city’s ubiquitous motorbike taxis as vehicles manned by thugs who drive recklessly, but artist Kino Musoke thinks they are simply gold. For this month’s Kampala Contemporary Art Festival KLA ART 014, for which 20 Ugandan artists were tasked with transforming bodabodas into works of art, he spray painted a Bajaj […]

  • Weekly news roundup: May 17, 2014

    The week’s headlines from across the continent.

  • Kigali shines with fashion week

    The African fashion industry is growing. While Lagos and Johannesburg are the main fashion capitals in Africa, Kigali is a rising star that launched its second annual fashion week at the weekend. LDJ Productions, the company that organises New York fashion week, gave technical support and training for Kigali fashion week. As reported by The Guardian,  […]

  • Gulu’s sculpture boys

    They only appear in the town centre in the evenings. During the day, they are hard at work moulding all manner of objects using a mixture of clay and cement. In Gulu town, they are simply known as “the boys who sell animals” — teenagers who sell animal sculptures on the streets to make a […]

  • Documenting the ‘spaces’ in Addis

    Faced with rapid growth and urban development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, Felix Heisel and Bisrat Kifle set out to document old and new ways of living in the city. “Disappearing Spaces” is a cinematic documentary on the use of space in the informal parts of Ethiopia’s capital. Looking at one typical house for the duration […]

  • Reflecting on Nairobi’s heritage

    Residents of Nairobi appreciate the city for its present-day attributes but not so much for its history. The city, built on a swamp, began in 1899 as a railway depot and camp during the construction of the Mombasa-Kampala railway.  By the early 1900s, Nairobi was a bustling town and eventually became the colonial administrative capital […]

  • Artists as urban catalysts in downtown Cairo

    Last December the Goethe Institute hosted a panel discussion titled “Artists as Urban Catalysts in Downtown Cairo.” The event was organized by Beth Stryker and Omar Nagati (Cluster) and supported by the Ford Foundation. Invited panelists represented two types of stakeholders in downtown: property owners (Karim Shafei, CEO of Al Ismaelia Real Estate Development, and […]