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Creative Indaba gives struggling artists a voice
Representatives from the creative industry had an opportunity to voice the challenges they have experienced during the pandemic at the inaugural Creative Indaba.

The hybrid event took place on 23 September at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. The event was a collaboration with the eThekwini Economic Council (EEC) the Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit, Durban Tourism, Business Support Unit, and the Durban Film Office.

Many artists in the creative sector struggled when the initial Covid-19 lockdown was implemented. This resulted in some members venting their frustrations by closing the N3, which is an arterial route essential to the country’s economy.

This drove the City leadership, through the EEC, which is chaired by eThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda, to find solutions. 

One solution was to bring the various creative industry sectors under one roof to chart a new path and to achieve sustainable growth.

The Indaba aimed to provide a platform for sector representatives to discuss their challenges, unpack the creative industry value chain within the City and find tangible programmes to resuscitate the creative sector.

Mayor Kaunda said the event was not going just a ‘talk shop’.

“We have issued a clear directive that from the resolutions taken from this Indaba, we must develop a concrete programme of action with clear time frames. We have also taken a decision to make this Indaba an annual event to assess and review this programme of action,” he said.

“We want to assure you that we remain committed to investing in this sector to help it grow and to expand the pool of artists in the City. Over the past five years, the Municipality has distributed an estimated R850 million through Grant-in-Aid and R28 million funding in-kind to support the creative industry,” he said.
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