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AWARD FOR CCA (article first published : 2005-06-7)

The Centre for Creative Arts, the multi-disciplinary arts organisation based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, has won the Hivos Culture Fund Award for the most outstanding initiative in Africa.

All projects which had received Hivos support between 2002 and 2004 were eligible for the 10,000 euro prize, a special award which celebrates the10th anniversary of the HIVOS Culture Fund an arm of this leading development agency. Similar awards were made for projects in Asia/South East Europe and Latin America.

The Centre for Creative Arts’ event portfolio of four annual festivals which earned them the accolade are the Durban International Film Festival, Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience, Time of the Writer, and Poetry Africa.

The judging criteria assessed artistic quality, relevance to the promotion of freedom of cultural and artistic expression, contribution to the cultural sector and outreach to a broad public, and innovativeness of form and content of the activities.

Accepting the award in Amsterdam during a symposium proposing culture as a ninth United Nations Millennium Development Goal, Centre for Creative Arts director Peter Rorvik said how important it was to sustain cultural activities in Africa. “Culture needs to be placed clearly and concretely on governmental agendas alongside and within political and economic imperatives. Cultural expression is fundamental to personal and social identity, culture feeds the soul of society in ways that are often taken for granted.”

Rorvik noted "that in the last 20 years no less than four Africans have won the Nobel Prize for literature, but millions and millions of Africans have not read the works of these great writers, and millions more cannot read at all. Such disparities are but one example of the challenges that can be tackled by strategising programmes that link culture and development, achieving literacy on one hand and literary appreciation on another.”

The CCA’s current project is the Durban International Film Festival which runs from June 15 to 26. More details about this and other CCA activities on www.cca.ukzn.ac.za




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