The CCA-UKZN is a multi-disciplinary arts organization that was established in 1996 and isbased within the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s College of Humanities. With its vision to contribute to an enabling environment for the flourishing of artistic and cultural expressions, development and exchange, the CCA-UKZN co-ordinates four annual hallmark Festivals which are the foremost of their kind in Africa and have been the only consistent ArtsFestivals in the City. They are the following:

1.            Time of the Writer (in 2019 this festival reached 23 years)

2.            Durban International Film Festival (in 2019 this festival reaches it 40thanniversary)

3.            JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Festival (in 2019 this festival reaches 21stedition)

4.            Poetry Africa (in 2019 this festival reaches 22 years)

These broad international festivals:

·         Contribute to the social cohesion in our City of Durban and in the province of KZN

·         Create economic opportunities and generally create local economic vibrancy

·         Reflect authentic artistic integrity

·         Are professionally produced and in line with the City by-laws and legislation

·         Receive abundant international media coverage; and

·         Enhance intercultural artistic relationships with and within ourCity, province, country, continent, as well as the globalcommunity.


The CCA-UKZN fulfills a facilitative function, promoter of the arts, creates platforms fornetworking and cultural exchanges, and acts as a capacity builder, and plays a role in bringing to fruition the artistic potential of the City of Durban.

Principal Aims of the Centre for Creative Arts

1.           Production and promotion of arts and culture activities with our city and province.

2.           Exposure of different cultures through the arts.

3.           Provision of creative platforms, performances spaces and economic opportunities for artists and related industries.

4.           Facilitation of intercultural exchanges opportunities and network development between South Africa, African and international writers, poets,                           filmmakers, dancers, choreographers, cultural managers and organizations.

5.          Provision of meaningful seminars, training workshops and activity programmes for aspirant artists and communities; with a key focus on                                   community engagement and development.

6.           Strategic development of audiences.