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. 

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. The centre is also the home of the UJ Weekend of Jazz and Out The Box Comedy events. If you have never attended one of these events, make sure to get yourself down to the UJ Arts & Culture centre as soon as possible!

What’s On

The UJ Arts & Culture centre has some great shows lined up for the last few months of the year. In September they will be hosting the Youth Arts Festival – a student showcase of talent in various disciplines including dance, poetry, song and acting.

Thereafter, the Arts & Culture centre will play host to three epic music concerts, a celebratory art exhibition and one last round of laughs for 2019:

A Grand Night for Singing

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

The Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, baritone Federico Freschi, will perform. He will be joined on stage by internationally acclaimed pianist Christopher Duigan, as well as soprano Lynelle Kenned, mezzo-soprano Violina Anguelov-Hobbs and the renowned UJ Choir. Members of the Joburg Ballet will also add to the magic of the musical programme.

When Is It?

Saturday, 07 September 2019 at 19:30.

Where Is It?

UJ Arts Centre, UJ Kingsway Campus, Corner of Kingsway Ave and University Rd, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

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

Gloria Bosman Live with the UJ Choir

The UJ Choir will be performing a concert with the Afro Jazz diva of South Africa, Gloria Bosman! Supporting Bosman and the Choir singers are jazz pianist Pebble Mambane, cellist Gerrit Koorsen, harpist Jude HarpStar and percussionist Tlale Makhene. The concert will feature choral gems, as well as musical arrangements created especially for the event. A young and upcoming vocal group birthed from UJ Choir called Breathe, will also perform before headlining their own show at the Arts Centre Theatre on Saturday, 28 September.

When Is It?

Friday, 13 September 2019 at 19:30.

Where Is It?

UJ Arts Centre, UJ Kingsway Campus, Corner of Kingsway Ave and University Rd, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

Tickets cost R80 -R150 per person. Get yours here.

UJ Arts & Culture


Ampersand Foundation – 21 Years Celebration Exhibition

The Ampersand Foundation 21 Years Celebration Exhibition will be held at the UJ Art Gallery. This extensive show, curated by Gordon Froud, senior lecturer at UJ, is set to shine a light on the depth of South Africa’s artistic talent. The Foundation presents their third ever Ampersand Fellows exhibition in honour of 21 years of international visual arts exchange.

The exhibition features works from Diane Victor, Paul Emmanuel, Gabrielle Goliath, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Penny Siopis, Nicholas Hlobo, Senzeni Marasela, Stephen Hobbes, Alan Laing and Heidi Fourie. Entrance is free.

When Is It?

The exhibition opens on Wednesday, 11 September 2019. It will run until Wednesday, 09 October 2019 at the UJ Art Gallery.

**Curator Gordon Froud will conduct gallery walkabouts on Saturday, 22 and Saturday, 29 September 2019 at 11:30 and on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 at 13:00.

Where Is It?

UJ Art Gallery, UJ Kingsway Campus, Corner of Kingsway Ave and University Rd, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

UJ Arts & Culture

Out The Box Comedy Final Show for 2019 

Out The Box Comedy is a monthly stand up comedy event hosted by the Con Cowan Theatre. Presented in partnership with Goliath & Goliath and POPArt Theatre, this is a must-see for comedy lovers. Come and have your ribs tickled for the last time in 2019 this October. Get your tickets here.

When Is It?

Friday, 25 October 2019 at 19:30.

Where Is It?

Con Cowan Theatre, UJ Bunting Road Campus, Bunting Rd, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

For more information

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