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Cascoland Mafikeng 2010

WHERE: Mafikeng, South Africa
WHEN: May, June and July, during WC Football 2010
WHAT: Interventions in and around Mmabatho Stadium, re-activating and re-functionalizing un(der)used architecture
WHY: Creating awareness of possible sustainable effects of investments WC
WHO: Artists, architects and local communities
WITH: Lifeline - Mafikeng, North West University - Mafikeng, SAVUSA - Amsterdam, CCAEA Nairobi

Leading up and during the World Championships Football in South Africa 2010 Cascoland plans to initiate a series of interventions, installations and actions in and around the underused Mmabatho sportsstadium in Mafikeng, South Africa, in close collaboration with local participants, artists and communities. Thus proposing solutions to render the investments into the WC 2010 sustainable for those currently not benefitting from them. The interventions can be an incentive for ongoing initiatives and for the development of strategies on how the results can serve as an example for the re-activation and re-functionalizing of un(der)used architecture in general.

In June and July 2010 South Africa will host the World Championships Football organized by the FIFA. Millions have been spent on stadiums, architecture and infrastructure and promises of economic and social progress have been made that are to be caused by this four week event. Now the kick-off is approaching the question arises whether these promises will be realized, to what extend the millions of poor in the country will benefit from this event and how sustainable the huge investments will prove. The stadiums with capacities of 50.000 to 60.000 seats will probably remain largely underused after the World Championships and are not neccesarily built with sustainable effects for its surroundings and its citizens in mind.

Dutch, South African and Kenian artists collaborate in a practical research into temporary architectural and re-use possibilities for the Mmabatho sportsstadium in Mafikeng, South Africa, by intervening in this underused stadium during the World Championships Football 2010.

Aim is to create, possibly temporary, solutions and possibilities for re-use of un(der)used architecture and give examples of  how the activation and use thereof can benefit the local community. Examples of how to possibly render the investments into the World Championships sustainable for those currently not benefitting from them.

The activation of the interventions in collaboration with local participants, organizations and communities will link physical hardware (architecture, infrastructure) with social and cultural software.

Creating awareness about the overall expectations raised around the WC when it comes to projected socio-economical developments, the built infrastructure and the question on our minds: what will happen after the show is over?

The collaboration between South African, Dutch and Kenian artists creates possibilities for international, continental and intercontinental platforms for cultural, creative and sustainable exchange and international transfer of knowledge, skills and experiences.

The value of the project is in the process of collaboration between professional creatives from different disciplines and local organizations and communities . We expect up to 100 people to become participants in the project on some level. Audiences will range from hundreds locally per event to 1000's nationally and internationally.

Mafikeng was originally listed as a host city for one of the biggest modern global spectacles but unfortunately it was later dropped. While it could have benefited hugely from being listed, it is marginal to the current World Cup celebrations. The 59.000 seat Mmabatho stadium in Mafikeng was built in the apartheid era by the Bophuthatswana Government (previous Bantustan government created by the apartheid state) and is a candid example of un(der)used architecture.
This makes the stadium an excellent experimental zone and laboratory for architects, artists and designers to search for new forms of re-animating spaces. This will be achieved through out-of-the-box design approaches and translating this into actual interventions into the stadium.

Nairobi based CCAEA Nairobi Arts Trust is run by Jimmy Ogonga. Two artists from the network will join Cascoland in Mafikeng. Later in the year Cascoland will relocate to Nairobi for a collaboration with CCAEA.

Director CCAEA
Jimmy Ogonga