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Art is one such thing that reflects the culture, habits, and history of the people and the area in which they live. But a tree will bore fruits only when it will get nourishment, so does the art. Art needs a platform to be displayed, to make people aware of its presence and its various forms, and this purpose to a great extent are fulfilled by the theatres. In the same way, theatre in Durban is the real sustainer of the city’s art form. The largest city of KwaZulu-Natal province is the home of some of the prestigious theatre of the nation, has been popular for hosting big theatre shows in Durban. One such is the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre located at Mazisi Kunene Rd, is a highlighted spot in the city for rock concerts, music shows, comedy events. Another theatre called The Playhouse Company located in the central Durban is also famous for providing the stage for all sorts of entertainment forms, both in-house and in collaboration.
Theatre shows in Durban are composed of all types of forms, ranging from dance shows and music concerts to performances by rap artists and comedians. Theatre in Durban is well acclaimed as it carries the history of hosting some of the country’s big events like the annual Women’s Arts Festival and the Traditional Arts Festival. The Elizabeth Sneddon Theater plays a vital role in contributing the art form by hosting myriad cultural events like the Time of the Writer Festival and had even provided its stage for the famous Durban International Film Festival, which witnessed a large gathering of people from different places. The theatres in Durban is equipped with all essential amenities like large space for the crowd, a big stage with screens and sound-absorbing inner walls for the better audio experience like in every big city. But in Durban, this particular art form is so thrilling that it fills up the hearts of many tourists and makes them visit the place again and again.
Apart from the theatre shows in Durban, the art centers are the one-spot solution to explore a wide range of art forms at a time in the city. The art centers like art galleries, museums, and other platforms exist here to preserve the cultural history of the city. One can pay a visit to these centers and return with a load of knowledge about the development of the art forms of the region. The Durban African Art Centre Association located in Station Dr, Morningside has gained huge respect among the art community for its success in providing self-employment to a number of struggling and emerging artists. It also aims in preserving and promoting creative efforts of black artists and crafter. Furthermore, there are drama clubs and drama schools in Durban like the Durban Actors Studio located in Umgeni Business Park provide crash courses and masterclasses in a number of disciplines.
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