UKZN’s Centre for Creative Arts Condemns the Recent Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

The Centre for Creative Arts, housed in the University of KwaZulu-Natal College of Humanities and within the School of Arts, is by definition, a space that understands the power of artistic expression to express a common humanity and a shared sense of struggles. Our work is  – and continues to be – about fostering a climate that supports critical artists and to allow for the meeting and dialogue between artists, filmmakers, dancers, poets and writers. Racism and the on-going volatile xenophobia that besets South Africa at this time is part of what we actively fight against in the curations, imaginations and designing of our festivals. One of our main mandates as a Centre for Creative Arts, is to promote continental dialogue and space for fellow Africans to offer artistic encounters with individual and shared histories and to promote re-remembering that sits against a climate of political and social forgetting.  We use our work as an activist creative space to engage and shift meaning and behaviour and continued to believe that arts is a space for transformation. We thus strongly condemn not just the xenophobia that has once again reared it violent head, but we stand against any gender, race and class violence and any act that ‘others’ and excludes. Our weapon against forgetting is to continue to be a space that wields the cultural weapon of memory.

Dr. Lliane Loots

Acting Director: Centre for Creative Arts

University of KwaZulu-Natal