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Friday, April 20, 2018


(Philisiwe Twijnstra, Anele Mkhize, Nobe Khoza, Breshnev Guveya (Zimbabwe), 
Buhle Maphanga & Maria Atalia (Mozambique).)

Appropriately ahead of Freedom Day, the Wushwini Pan African Centre for Arts Culture and Heritage will be hosting an elegant Pan African Evening – a bespoke fundraising gala dinner at the Durban ICC on April 26, 2018.

The centre is facing financial challenges from not receiving sufficient funding to present its programmes. It is hosting the dinner in an endeavour to supplement its funding.

The Gala Dinner will have a sumptuous three-course meal and a night filled with entertainment of music and dance from artists such as Tu Nokwe, Themba Makhathini, Mbuso Khoza, Madala Kunene, Dance Extravaganza directed by Reggie Denster, Zulu Dancers and Gumboot Dancers.

There will be artworks by one of South Africa’s celebrated artists, Welcome Danca, for sale in the foyer.

Simultaneously one of the most picturesque, tenacious and important community arts centres, Wushwini Pan African Centre for Arts Culture and Heritage was launched in 2011, built from a vandalised school. The centre is providing capacity building for the community people especially children, youth and women. The structure was supported by KZN Department of Arts and Culture and Eager Artists who are the permanent residency artists at the centre.

The centre boasts a 100-seater theatre; art gallery; heritage room; film studio; recording studio; open air theatre; storytelling arena; office block; restaurant; library and multi-purpose hall – parts of which still being renovated.

Wushwini community is based at KwaNgcolosi not far from Hillcrest, under inkosi uBhengu who is the inkosi of KwaNgcolosi, falling under Ward 9. This is a poverty-stricken area where the large percentage of the community is unemployed especially the youth and women. The lack of facilities especially for the youth is contributing to high level of teenage pregnancy, youth being affected by HIV/AIDS, liquor and drugs abuse.

Wushwini Community is a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Inanda Dam which exposes the area to tourists and there is a potential of developing rural and cultural tourism. Since its inceptions, Wushwini has staged spectacular festivals that showcased not only South African works but also Africa and the world, it has trained more than 60 young people who are now active in the industry some of them have taken part in Mzansi Magic Films, some are part of professional stage productions earning to support their families.

“We have ten capacity building programmes per year focusing on women, children and youth, we also have touring productions such as Let My People Go, Chief Albert Luthuli Musical and King Cetshwayo, the Musical to promote our history, culture and Heritage to the world,” explains Wushwini’s Founder and Managing Director, Jerry Pooe.

The aims and objectives of the project are to raise money in order to empower youth, women and children through arts, to tour historical and political education productions, to create and sense of responsibility to young people, to encourage South African business to participate in building our communities, to celebrate African Culture, Arts and Heritage and, lastly, to support the provincial and national drive for the creation of job opportunities, skills development and promotion of social cohesion and behavioural change.

The guests will be requested to purchase the tables, which are from R10,000 to R20,000 per table or R1,000 per person, they can also pledge to fund the centre or with in-kind support and to purchase the art works which will be on display.

To book or for more information contact Pamela Shandu on 073 957 9275 or Jerry Pooe on 083 732 1640 or email: