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About Centre for Creative Arts

“Culture is the spiritual backbone of society”

Established in 1996 the Centre for Creative Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts organisation within the Faculty of Humanities, Development and Social Sciences of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Salaries (for four permanent staff only) and offices are provided by the University. All festivals, projects and programmes, however, require external funding.


The principal work of the CCA is the co-ordination of four annual festivals:

Time of the Writer | Durban International Film Festival
Jomba! Contemporary Dance Festival | Poetry Africa

Objectives include:

* provision of creative platforms, performance spaces and economic opportunities for artists and related industries

* facilitation of intercultural artistic relationships and network development between South African, African and international writers, poets, filmmakers, dancers, choreographers, musicians, artists, and cultural organisations

* provision of meaningful seminars, capacity building workshops and activity programmes – aspirant artists, schools, tertiary institutions and community arts organisations are a particular focus

* strategic development of audiences and media attention

The Centre for Creative Arts is part of a number of cultural networks in Africa involved in dialoguing strategies to promote cultural activities, networking dynamics, information exchange and new forms of Pan-African and international cooperation. The CCA is also involved in other projects such as ad hoc festivals, conferences, concerts, exchange projects and training programmes.


  • Tel: +27 31 2602506 / 2603118
  • Fax: +27 31 2603074
  • Email:
  • Address: Centre for Creative Arts, Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal , Durban 4041, South Africa
  • CCA Director: Peter Rorvik,, +27 31 2602949

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