The departure of Peter Rorvik from the UKZN's Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) concludes an exciting growth period for arts and culture in Durban, represented through the four annual CCA festivals: Time of the Writer, Poetry Africa, JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, and the Durban International Film Festival.
All of these landmarks in Durban's event calendar have contributed significantly to the cultural life of this city, delivering hosts of cutting-edge writers, poets, dancers, musicians and filmmakers to our arts-hungry communities.
Rorvik has headed the CCA since 1999 and he has been instrumental in sustaining and growing the respective festivals and related industry programmes into locally and internationally acclaimed events. Speaking of his experiences he said: "It has been an enormous privilege working with amazing cultural practitioners from numerous artistic disciplines and creating public platforms for their work. Culture feeds the soul of society and should not be taken for granted. Art touches us in the head and heart. I trust that the work we have built up across the past years will continue to flourish, in particular the annual CCA festivals."
New role with Arterial Network
Rorvik's organisational expertise and experience in the cultural sector will be channelled to good effect in his new position as secretary-general of Arterial Network. With official chapters in 40 countries Arterial Network is playing a critical role in supporting arts advocacy and development in the creative sector in Africa.
Rorvik noted: "For many years the CCA has worked to establish synergies with artists and arts organisations in Africa, creating exchange opportunities and introducing to local audiences, and to other artists, a fantastic array of leading poets, writers, dancers, choreographers, musicians, films and filmmakers. It is a natural extension of these interests to work with the Arterial Network in facilitating structural growth and development for the arts across the continent. Many challenges exist, but the richness of arts and culture in Africa and the well-being of artists is something worth striving for."
Dr Yolisa Nompula, from UKZN's Faculty of Education will oversee the CCA activities until the new director is appointed in the new year.
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