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CENTRE FOR ART AND CULTURE LAUNCH (article first published : 2006-07-20)

The University of Zululand officially launched its Centre for Arts and Culture which was established in 2001 at the main campus of Ongoye in the north of KwaZulu-Natal.

In 2001, the music and drama departments merged to establish the Centre for Arts and Culture, which became a home for four major art disciplines: Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Arts. The launch provided the Centre with the opportunity to address the audience about its vision, mission statement, projected short and long term objectives and its future projection. Certain projections required the Centre to share its vision with internal and external stakeholders at the University.

The academic programme of the Centre is geared towards addressing the needs of the Arts and Education Sectors in South Africa. “The arts Industry demands the production of multi-skilled/trained arts practitioners, on the other hand the Education Sector needs trained and qualified educators to design and introduce Arts and Culture Curriculum for the South African school system. The Department of Education has introduced Arts and Culture as a learning area in schools. It is for this reason that the Centre for Arts and Culture trains and develop arts practitioners, educators and facilitators for Arts and Culture Education Sector,” explains Themba Luthuli, the Head of the Centre for Arts and Culture

The centre has explicit aims and objectives that will ensure that the centre itself, its academic programmes, community outreach projects, research projects, departmental productions and festivals are well marketed and publicized. It also aims to cultivate interests in Arts and Culture, which will also establish and formulate partnerships with the corporate sector of uMhlathuze Municipality. The centre will also fundraise for students’ bursaries, sponsorships and create partnerships for its outstanding activities and festivals.

For more information contact the Centre for Arts and Culture on 035 902 6501.




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