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LOCAL ART FORUMS (article first published : 2005-06-15)

Demonstrating that the Durban Arts Association is back on its feet again, the organisation kickstarted the process by registering 14 Local Arts Forums (LAFs) as Non Profit Organisations (NPOs) within the Durban region. It then immediately convened workshops for co ordinators of these LAFs, to give them full understanding of what these NPOs are all about.

“These workshops started from the basics and will continue until we completed the advanced ones,” says new CEO, Gladman Ngubo. “This will make us walk with our heads held high, convinced that indeed, we have capacitated our Arts Leaders in our communities. Concurrently with these workshops is a series of Cultural Events taking place in these 14 Local Arts Forums.”

A wide ranging programme comprising different performance styles such as Maskanda, Kwaito/Hip hop, Pantsula Dancers, Gospel, Poetry and Traditional Dance will entertain communities in these 14 Local Arts Forums. It has to be taken into account that most people who are engaged in these activities are young people. Therefore, as June is the Youth Month, these events are scheduled for this period.

On June 19, the Durban Central Local Arts Forum will stage its event in the Durban City Hall’s Luthuli Hall, while on June 25, the Verulam Local Arts at Ottawa Hall, Durban Part at Luthuli City Hall, Former Durban South at Ningizimu (Lamontville), Clermont at KK Hall and Pinetown South at Klaarwater Hall will stage these events concurrently.

On June 26, these festivals will be staged at Inanda/Ntuzuma at Bester Hall, Umlazi, Greater Hillcrest at Qadi Hall, Mpumalanga at Mpumalanga Community Hall and Upper South Local Arts Forum at Mpandwini Hall. All these events will be presented in a competition format.

In July and August, all the winners of each particular category will compete for the title of Overall Winner of each category. During the Celebrate Durban heritage month in September, the Overall Winners (ie. the Champions) will stage a big concert and receive their prizes. Durban Arts will then promote their talents by requesting performing opportunities when there are major events taking place in venues like the Durban City Hall, ICC, etc.

More information about these projects from Gladman Ngubo at Durban Arts on 031 312 1236.




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