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EKHAYA MULTI ART CENTRE (article first published : 2004-02-9)

“Bringing theatre to the people” is Durban’s new home for the “creatives” - Ekhaya Multi Art Centre (E-MAC) is a welcome new venue situated in Kwa Mashu Township.

Edmund Mhlongo, the artistic director of the active youth theatre group K-CAP, had a dream of building an art centre in this township since 1993. “I have always wanted to see Kwa Mashu artists having a permanent home and a base where they can not only hone their artistic talent but also exhibit and showcase it for income generation and exposure” says Edmund who has been the major force being a fundraising drive to get the centre up and running.

The centre aims to create vibrant multipurpose facilities for cultural activities in Kwa Mashu where the community can develop their skills in cultural and arts related expertise. This includes multi-media, video and music technology, craft, dance, drama and music. The E-MAC will also provide access to greatly needed facilities, which have never been available in any township in KZN.

A very welcoming, colourful surrounding of the centre comprises of a fully equipped theatre named Afrisun Auditorium with the seating capacity of 400, air-conditioned, full lighting and sound equipment. Dressing rooms are fully equipped with showers, dressing tables with mirrors.

The music recording studio has been in great demand with 15 artists booked for recording from the beginning of last December, a video editing suite, film screening and conference facilities. There is also a visual arts and computer graphic workshop where young artists will experiment their creativity.

The construction of two phases of Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre has been completed. The third phase, currently under construction, will include the Dance Studio, Resource Information Centre and Office Block.

Ekhaya Multi Art Centre promises to be the number one art centre bringing theatre to the people with kind support from Peace Reconstruction Foundation, Afrisun KZN, National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Operation Jump Start and War Child Foundation from Netherlands.

For more information or bookings contact Xolani Majozi on 083 621 6338.




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