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The Centre for the Creative Arts at UKZN is proud to continue the development of new musical theatre through its ongoing Cabaret and Beyond Festival initiative, positioned amongst its bouquet of many well-established and successful festivals. Whilst the Centre prides itself on the artistic excellence that characterises each of our festivals we also place equal value on how each of these festivals can contribute to the growth of a diverse learning community where skills-sharing along with new knowledge and practices are constantly developed. As with all our festivals we are confident that the Cabaret And Music Festival will play its vital role in humanizing our society, address key social issues through the art form and most importantly, create a stream of income for the participating artists. Together with the Mandela Bay Theatre Complex we look forward to the creative team taking us on to new adventures.


Durban audiences will remember the inaugural 2021 event: “Slick, sophisticated and superb” Billy Suter. A new selection of songs by composers from the CAB mentorship programme is set to delight audiences once more. For more info or tickets click here:

Meet the festival director

Ismail Mahomed

Ismail Mahomed is a multiple-award cultural leader. With more than 35-years of experience in cultural leadership his previous roles include serving as the Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival and as CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation. He serves on the boards of several cultural organisations offering his expertise in cultural innovation, governance and arts leadership. As the Director of the Centre for the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal he provides visionary leadership to the Centre and oversees the strategic direction of the Centre’s festivals ensuring that the festivals remain dynamic platforms that serve the University’s mandates as well as those of the University’s external stakeholder community.


Siphindile Hlongwa


Music is the country’s soul, and the one who listens should connect, enjoy, question, and embrace the power within. Music has no boundaries; it serves as a uniting force; it interprets, communicates, and archives the country’s history. I am a lover of music and values its contribution to the social conscious movement; as we explore and reignite the power of musical theatre, we hope we continue to develop and uplift our country and pave the way for future generations. Let the soul speak!

A message from project manager

Roland Perold

It is my pleasure to serve as project manager and curator of the CAB Festival initiative. Music theatre has been a life-long passion and provided exciting career opportunities, as it does for many fellow artists and practitioners in the industry. With a dearth of training, development and mentorship programs for local writers and composers, the CCA has taken up the charge to address the status quo which has resulted in South Africa becoming, largely, a receiving house for Mega-Musical imports. Our vision with “Cabaret and Beyond” is to work on an intimate scale allowing new writers the opportunity to tell their own stories in a sustainable way; both serving and cultivating an audience for new works. Works that display artistic excellence and have broad entertainment value. We look forward to meeting our audiences (safely) and sharing these works as the various stages of the project unfold.