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
TIME OF THE WRITER – INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL
The written word envelops Durban as writers from South Africa, Africa and abroad, gather for a thought-provoking week of literary dialogue, exchange of ideas and stimulating discussions at the annual Time of the Writer International Writers Festival. The festival features a diverse gathering of leading novelists, social commentators, activities, playwrights and short story writers. The festival actively partners with City’s Libraries department to deliver a community engagement programme that actively promotes reading and writing across the 92 libraries of the City. This programme involves learners, library users, librarians and community members across the communities of Durban.
Time of The Writer also promotes South African and African writers in a current cultural climate that sees literature and the arts as part of a bigger social process around national building and social cohesion within KZN, South Africa and towards our continent. This festival has – and continues – to open up debates and dialogue around all forms of the spoken and written word as part of the CCA’s agenda to celebrate cultural and contemporary histories of both the local and the global.
Apart from key spaces for Time of the Writer events like the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, the festival has extended its reach to the following communities; Inanda, KwaMashu, Umlazi, Chatsworth, Austerville, Clermont, Hammersdale, Tongaat, Westville and Chesterville.