19th Time of the Writer

14 - 19 March 2016

The written word envelops Durban as nineteen writers from South Africa, Africa and abroad, gather for a thought-provoking week of literary dialogue, exchange of ideas and stimulating discussion at the annual Time of the Writer International Writers Festival. The festival, hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal), with principal support by National Lottery Distribution Fund, features a diverse gathering of leading novelists, social commentators, activists, playwrights and short story writers.



37th Durban International Film Festival

16 - 26 June 2016 

South Africa's longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival runs across 12 days at the end of July, presenting over 290 screenings of current films from around the world, with strong focus on South African and African cinema. Screenings take place throughout Durban including township areas where cinemas are non-existent. The festival also runs extensive seminar and workshop programmes to stimulate industry capacity. This Includes the participation of 50 filmmakers from Africa in Talent Campus Durban, a cooperation with the Berlin Film Festival, and the Durban FilmMart, a film financing initiative in partnership with Durban Film Office. DIFF is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal).  



18th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience

24 August - 4 September 2016

JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Festival invites dance lovers and the public to explore the exceptional 12 day programme which was packed with events for all; nightly performances at the Sneddon Theatre, a special event JOMBA! City, the popular JOMBA! Fringe and JOMBA! Youth Fringe elements as well as free dance workshops with the leading choreographers. Brought to you by Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal)



20th Poetry Africa

10 - 15 October 2016

The popularity of the spoken word is evident in the powerful performance arc that threads through the Poetry Africa festival. Music is also a prominent presence in this landmark festival organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal). Poetry Africa runs in Durban from 13 to 17 October at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, with the festival finale at BAT Centre on 18 October.