- Category: CCA News
- Created: 20 December 2012
The departure of Peter Rorvik from the UKZN’s Centre for Creative Arts concludes an exciting growth period for arts and culture in Durban, represented through the four annual CCA festivals – Time of the Writer, Poetry Africa, JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, and the Durban International Film Festival. All of these landmarks in Durban’s event calendar have contributed significantly to the cultural life of this city, delivering hosts of cutting-edge writers, poets, dancers, musicians and filmmakers to our arts-hungry communities.
- Category: PA Articles
- Created: 08 October 2012
This popular component of the festival presents learners with the opportunity to showcase their poetry-writing skills. Entrants from schools in KwaZulu-Natal are invited to submit original stories in English, isiZulu or Afrikaans and a panel of adjudicators selects winners for both the English and Zulu competition sections. The Mazisi Kunene Foundation Trust, which preserves the legacy of South Africa’s first national poet laureate and which actively promotes writing in indigenous languages, will also award prizes to the best poems written in Zulu. The winners, who will be handed their prizes and present their poems during the evening session on Friday, October 19 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, are:
- Category: DIFF Articles
- Created: 06 October 2012
Take advantage of the opportunity to be part of the Durban Film Mart 2013 which is to take place alongside the 34th edition of the Durban International Film Festival in July next year. The partnership project between the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) provides filmmakers from across Africa a valued opportunity to pitch projects to financiers, distributors, sales agents and potential co-producers.
Calls for submissions of both feature-length fiction and documentary projects (including animation), is open from October 5 and closes on February 15 next year. Selected projects will be invited to pitch projects in one-on-one meetings with potential investors within the Finance Forum segment of the DFM programme.
- Category: PA Articles
- Created: 02 October 2012
The Poetry Africa roadshow hits Cape Town for a one-night-only show at CTICC on Saturday 13th of October. This forms part of the regional tour to Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana before culminating at the main Poetry Africa event in Durban (15-20 October). Organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and made possible through principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, 2012 marks the 16th edition of this landmark festival and the touring programme enables other cities and centres to catch a piece of the action.
Heading up the Cape Town showcase is Saul Williams, whose innovative work as an actor, poet and musician continues to break new ground on arts stages around the world. The proficiency and originality across different artforms which have established Williams at the cutting-edge of creativity provide a riveting fusion of voice and music artistry on matters of heart, mind and social conscience. Well-known for his breakout role in Slam, Williams has appeared in over ten films and starred in the Senegalese-shot film Tey, which showed at the recent Durban International Film Festival.
- Category: PA Articles
- Created: 19 September 2012
16th POETRY AFRICA - International Poetry Festival
Poetry Africa in Durban 15-20 October
Poetry Africa on Tour 6-13 October
Download Durban programme flyer PDF here
The popularity of the spoken word is evident in the powerful performance arc that threads through the 16th edition of Poetry Africa. Music is also a prominent presence in this landmark festival organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and made possible through principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund. Poetry Africa runs in Durban from 15 to 19 October at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, with the festival finale at BAT Centre on 20 October. Satellite events take place in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Cape Town before culminating at the main event in Durban.
- Category: JOMBA! Articles
- Created: 14 August 2012
With principal support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) presents the 14th edition of its celebrated annual contemporary dance platform, the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience between 29th August and 9th September. This year’s festival invites dance lovers and the public to explore the packed 12 days of exceptional performances, workshops led by leading choreographers, and opportunities to engage some of the world’s top dance makers as they “Talk Dance” after various performances. JOMBA! fiercely holds onto its status as one of the few remaining dedicated spaces in South Africa where dance and choreography remain nurtured and supported, and continues to offer world class dance theatre that challenges audiences; asking that they come to the myriad festival offerings (performances, workshops and classes) with the intention to be shocked, surprised, entertained and above all, to celebrate a beautiful and critical art form.