Wushwini Pan African Centre for Arts, Culture and Heritage was founded in 2011 by visionary thespian, arts mentor and administrator Jerry Pooe as Wushwini Centre for Arts, Culture and Heritage.
In September 2017, it was relaunched by former AU chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as a not-for-profit organisation for African artists to create cutting-edge works, collaborate and present with dignity and appreciation, where arts patrons would have a window to the continent by experiencing the culture, art works, performances and food.
The Centre is a platform for exploring Pan-African artistic practice and celebration of African heritage as a catalyst for social change. It provides a new arts and cultural voice for the continent and the diaspora for Africans.
The centre presents festivals, exhibitions, dialogues, seminars, youth training, productions, iterature, films, poetry, storytelling, fashion and cultural events that are uniquely African and it is the best tourist destination overlooking Inanda Dam and surrounded by scenic mountains.
Wushwini was built from a vandalised school. The centre provides capacity-building for the community, especially children, youth and women.
It is based in KwaNgcolosi, not far from affluent Hillcrest, under Inkosi Bhengu. It falls under Ward 9, where a lack of recreational facilities, especially for the youth, contributes to a high level of teenage pregnancy, incidences of HIV/Aids, and liquor and drug abuse.
Since its inceptions, Wushwini has staged spectacular festivals showcasing not only South African works, but also African and the world’s.
It has trained more than 60 young people who are now active in the industry, with some having taken part in Mzansi Magic Films and joining the professional ranks of stage productions to earn a living and support their families.