Visit The UJ Arts & Culture Centre For World-Class Entertainment


The UJ Arts & Culture centre offers Joburg audiences world-class theatre, visual art and music experiences. Make sure to visit this contemporary Pan-African arts hub in Auckland Park. 

*Please note that these events have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

University Of Johannesburg Arts & Culture

UJ Arts & Culture is a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA). The division, which is located at the university’s Kingsway and Bunting Road campuses in Auckland Park, produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes. Students, alumni, staff and the general public are welcome to visit the centre.

The UJ Arts & Culture centre boasts three formal interdisciplinary art venues, as well as a number of informal venues across UJ campuses. Promoting the work of Pan-African artists, local and abroad, this platform is vital to keeping the spirit of art alive in the city.

UJ Arts & Culture

As far as independent performing and visual arts centres in the city go, this is one of the best. The architecture is contemporary and clean, giving visitors a sense of African pride in its design. The varsity vibe also adds to the experience, as students mull around the centre enticing audiences into the theatres and galleries.

So, the next time you find yourself looking for a new theatre show to see, a music concert to enjoy or an art exhibition to marvel at, stop by the UJ Arts & Culture Centre. Shows are hosted here year-round, featuring the UJ Choir, student performers and professional actors and singers. If you have never attended one of their events, make sure to get yourself down to the UJ Arts & Culture Centre as soon as possible!

What’s On

Art

Renowned South African artist, Diane Victor presents her latest solo exhibition, titled FOLLY, FRAILTY AND FEAR, at the UJ Art Gallery in April. A body of work responding to the notions of folly, irrationality and stupidity; the exhibition opens on April Fools’ Day. Using drawings, printmaking and alternative processes, Victor takes the spectator on a journey through the ‘fool’s envy, the fool’s paradises and the fool’s pride’.

Dates: Wednesday, 01 April 2020 – Wednesday, 06 May 2020.

Venue: UJ Art Gallery

Entrance to the gallery is free. Please RSVP your attendance at the opening here.

Comedy

The UJ Arts & Culture centre has some great shows lined up for the first quarter of 2020. Kicking things off with the first annual UJ Weekend of Stand-Up, in collaboration with GOLIATH & GOLIATH in April, the centre looks to deliver a stellar lineup of comedy, drama, song and celebration this autumn.

The UJ Weekend of Stand-Up sees up-and-coming comedians take to the stage to test their skills. With only five minutes to prove their chops, this gruelling showcase is sure to separate the ‘next big thing in comedy’ from the regular class clowns. On the final night of the festival, veteran stage stars Donovan, Nicholas and Jason Goliath will entertain you with their unique brand of tummy-tickling comedy.

Dates: Friday, 03 April 2020 – Saturday, 04 April 2020.

Venue: UJ Arts Centre Theatre

Book your tickets here.

Opera

Now in its fifth season, A Grand Night For Singing is the highlight of the UJ Arts Centre calendar. A spectacular evening of opera, song and dance, this concert is performed in aid of the Dean’s Bursary Fund.

While the official lineup for the concert is yet to be announced, you can expect performances from the Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, baritone Federico Freschi and the renowned UJ Choir.

Date: Saturday, 18 April 2020 at 19:30.

Venue: UJ Arts Centre Theatre

Entrance is free, but they ask that you please make a donation to the FADA Executive Dean’s Bursary Fund. Please confirm your attendance here.

The UJ Choir

Jazz

The annual UJ Weekend of Jazz returns to the Arts Centre theatre this May. A festival of sound curated with the young and young-at-heart in mind, the UJ Weekend of Jazz programme pays homage to the ‘nostalgia’ of the jazz genre. The theme for the show also nods to the history of the ecelectic Auckland Park/Melville area, which is home to the university. Come and experience new ways to enjoy the magic of the music at this one-of-a-kind event.

Dates: Thursday, 28 May 2020 –  Saturday, 30 May 2020.

Venue: UJ Arts Centre Theatre

UJ Arts and Culture

Theatre

The UJ Arts Centre presents an awesome lineup of theatre shows this autumn. Mothers Grimm and Viva La Vida Kahlo will be on stage at the Con Cowan Theatre in May, bringing you moments of close up drama, spectacular stage design and inspired performances.
Wicked Fairy-Tales
Mothers Grimm is a modern adaptation of your favourite childhood fairy-tales, featuring all your most loved characters including Goldilocks, Shahrazad, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Evil Queen, Rapunzel and Anansi. Bring the kids along to this one as it explores the moral implications of becoming an older sibling through wicked storytelling.
Dates: Tuesday, 12 May 2020 – Saturday, 16 May 2020.
Venue: Con Cowan Theatre

A Feminist Icon

Fans of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo will be enthralled by this new production – Viva La Vida Kahlo brings Frida’s feminist ideologies to life on stage, presenting her eclectic life story with sensitivity and candor. Starring Mexican actress Ana Karina Guevara in the role of the infamous painter.
Dates: Tuesday, 19 May 2020 – Saturday, 23 May 2020.
Venue: Con Cowan Theatre

For More Information

Visit the UJ Arts & Culture website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook – facebook.com/UJArtsCentre

Twitter – twitter.com/UJArtsCentre

Contact them on 011 559 4674 or via email at ujarts@uj.ac.za.

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