Durban offers the visitor a a wealth of arts and cultures and assists in developing a unique South African identity. Probably no other city in South Africa is as diverse as Durban.

The influences of Asian, Zulu, English Colonial and Afrikaans cultures have made the city a treasure house of architectural styles and Durban is considered to have one of the best selection of Art Deco architecture of any city in the world.

Durban City Hall
This very prominent building was inspired by the City Hall of Belfast, Northern Ireland and replicated it. It is a notable example of Edwardian neo-Baroque architecture.

The building is richly embellished with groups of allegorical sculptures representing the Arts, Music, Literature, Commerce and Industry. Sculptures on the main pediment represent Britannia and Unity and Patriotism

City Hall, West Street, Durban City Centre
Telephone 311 1111

Durban Art Gallery
The Durban Art Gallery has an established local and international collection that includes art from the "old" South Africa and a growing permanent collection of new and established South African artists from all the communities, focusing on local, KwaZulu-Natal artists.

2nd Floor Smith Street, City Hal
Tel: (031) 3112264
Monday - Saturday 8.30am - 4.00pm
Sunday 11am - 4.00pm

African Art Centre
This art gallery promotes and sells original works of arts, sculpture, beadwork, tapestries, rugs, ceramics and carving from the Zulu and Xhosa tradition.

1st Floor, Old Station Building, 160 Pine Street, Durban
Monday to Friday 08h30 to 17h00. Saturday 09h00 to 13h00.
Tel: 031 - 304 7915

NSA Gallery
Bring your family along to enjoy time out of the bustle of the city, and sample the rich diversity of KwaZulu Natal art and craft. The gallery is a lively social hub for artists and art lovers. Rub shoulders and share opinions with established artists and rising talents.

166 / 17 4 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban
Tuesday to Friday 09H00 to 17H00. Saturday 09h00 to 16h00. Sunday 10h00 to 15h00.
Tel: 031- 202 3686 / 7

The Playhouse
Durban's main theatre caters for everyone. The Playhouse Company is one of South Africa's premier theatre organisations hosting various festivals throughout the year

231 Smith Street, Durban.
Tel: 031 369 9555

ArtSpace Durban
ArtSpace Durban offers a contemporary visual arts gallery adjacent to and in collaboration with dedicated artists studio spaces.

3 Millar Road, Stamford Hill, Durban

Where to Stay
Durban Accommodation options are numerous; with a large variety of different types spread throughout the city.
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