The BAT Centre
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The BAT centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the music, visual arts, dance, craft and literature of KwaZulu-Natal?
The harbour-side Bartel Arts Trust Centre, known as the BAT Centre, an art and craft centre in Durban, is a unique environment where artists and crafters work 'in situ' in studios and sell high-quality decorative items to local and international visitors alike.
The BAT Centre’s mission is to celebrate the arts and culture of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa by promoting local talent and skills.
From humble beginnings in 1995, this Durban art centre has earned its reputation as a 'must stop' spot to pick up a wide range of high quality, original artworks. With the added interest of being able to interact with the artists who work at the centre, visitors are able to see how each item is made and contribute to a sustainable art industry in this vibrant seaside city.
The centre's impressive exhibition space shows off the large collection of artworks on sale. Visitors are urged to browse thought the exhibition space as well as the studio and watch the artists in action while selecting a unique memento of their trip to South Africa.
This craft centre in Durban runs as a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of the music, visual arts, dance, craft and literature of KwaZulu-Natal. As well as the two floors of studio space, you can also visit the centres quayside tenants, like the 'Nguni Village', which is an art outlet showcasing the latest work of various local artists.
The centre also has a threatre, where dance and stage performances are regularly held. You can also enjoy a meal at the Zansi Restaurant which overlooks the harbour and a visit to the centre's shop is also recommended. You can also visit the Drum Shop, which sells many different types of drums and African xylophones.
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The Bat Centre
Tel: +27 31 332 0451