UKZN’s Centre for Creative Arts Condemns the Recent Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

The Centre for Creative Arts, housed in the University of KwaZulu-Natal College of Humanities and within the School of Arts, is by definition, a space that understands the power of artistic expression to express a common humanity and a shared sense of struggles. Our work is  – and continues to be – about fostering a climate that supports critical artists and to allow for the meeting and dialogue between artists, filmmakers, dancers, poets and writers. Racism and the on-going volatile xenophobia that besets South Africa at this time is part of what we actively fight against in the curations, imaginations and designing of our festivals. One of our main mandates as a Centre for Creative Arts, is to promote continental dialogue and space for fellow Africans to offer artistic encounters with individual and shared histories and to promote re-remembering that sits against a climate of political and social forgetting.  We use our work as an activist creative space to engage and shift meaning and behaviour and continued to believe that arts is a space for transformation. We thus strongly condemn not just the xenophobia that has once again reared it violent head, but we stand against any gender, race and class violence and any act that ‘others’ and excludes. Our weapon against forgetting is to continue to be a space that wields the cultural weapon of memory.

Dr. Lliane Loots

Acting Director: Centre for Creative Arts

University of KwaZulu-Natal



27 August to 8 September 2019


The JOMBA! Festival – which celebrates its 21st edition in 2019 – is South Africa’s premier space for the growth and development of young Durban, KZN and South African dancers and choreographers and for bringing Durban audiences the global world of dance. JOMBA! is globally recognised as the premier African dance festival and, for artists participating, it has a reputation for being a serious and nurturing space for dance development. JOMBA!’s 21-year sustained history has put Durban on the global dance map!

The curatorial vision for JOMBA! is four-fold:

1. To support the development of Durban and KZN-based dancers and choreographers and this is done by various performance grants to local Durban artists, and the creation, within JOMBA!, of various platforms that support KZN artists; platforms like KZN ON THE EDGE, the JOMBA! Fringe and the JOMBA! Youth Fringe.

2. To create a platform to showcase and invite current South African dance theatre works that are breaking boundaries, causing controversy, and offering performance excellence.

3. To create a space in both contemporary performance and in residencies/workshops/ collaborations to connect Durban and South Africa to our African continent, making JOMBA! a platform that constantly supports African dance work of excellence.

4. To link Durban dancers and audiences, via the JOMBA! platform, to international dancers, choreographers and dance companies that are cutting edge, innovative and inventive. This includes dance companies and choreographers from, amongst other global spaces, USA, Europe and more recently, India.

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