Invisible Cities is a year-long music and arts festival in the form of 12 once-off monthly events set in the empty buildings soon to be part of Johannesburg’s Maboneng arts precinct. Maboneng, meaning “place of light”, is focused on developing mixed-use buildings that offer alternative lifestyles, workspaces and retail spaces. The flagship, Arts on Main, houses the studio of William Kentridge and gallery and project spaces by the Goodman Gallery, David Krut Publishing and the Goethe Institut among others.

The events will make use of empty buildings that are no longer what they once were, and not yet what they will soon become. Rooftops, hallways, stairwells and facades will be transformed into snapshots of a possible Johannesburg.

There is a lot of talk about what Johannesburg is, what it was and what it is becoming. It is a city in, perhaps eternal, transition. This is a privilege for us, the people who call it ours. We can make Johannesburg whatever we want it to be. The city is here, asking us to shape it. While some look to European cities and envy their long established routines, venues and structures in the arts, there are those of us who see the blank canvas and embrace it. We see what we want our city to be, we see it’s place in the world, and we see the importance of our contributions. We have a dream and we want to make it reality.

Part one will feature performances by local acts The Frown and The Brother Moves On, who in collaboration with The Skeleton Crew, a multidisciplinary artist collective, will build installations and environments and transform spaces. They will step out of the expected limited role of stage performer to shape a one of a kind unforgettable experience, offering new perspectives of our city.

In partnership with Vice Magazine, the Maboneng Precinct, David Krut Projects, Sailor Jerry’s Rum and the Goethe Institut.


Part one of a 12 month long festival of live music, installation and multimedia art
Sunday 29 May, 2011
14:00 to 21:00
Rooftop, Revolution House, Corner Main Str and Kruger Str, Maboneng Precinct

Signage and directions will be available from Arts on Main and Main Street Life, Fox Street. Safe parking and security. Please bring something warm as it may become chilly after dark.



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