KZN artists splash out at the BAT Centre

Hands up those of you that still believe graffiti is the same as vandalism.

If you did put up your hand, I really wish you had been around on Saturday to watch and hear some of KZN’s top urban artists as they shared their passion with anyone willing to to give them the time – and where better to do so than the BAT Centre which has been an important for artistic expression in the Durban CBD.


Sakhile Mhlongo puts the finishing touches on the figure he worked on at the BAT Centre during the #ECRStreetArt event. Picture: Supplied

Six KZN street artists – CJ, Sakhile Mhlongo, Robyn Perros, Silindokuhle Makhubo and Mook Lion – showcased their talent on Saturday afternoon, drawing inspiration from the theme “Proudly KZN”.


From left: Sakhile Mhlongo, Silindokuhle Makhubo, Mook Lion and Kev 7. Picture: Supplied

As crowds gathered to watch an unfolding story in a kaleidoscope of colours, the artists produced a work of art that reflected their individual personalities and techniques.

Hosted by KZN radio station East Coast Radio, the event was aimed at providing a platform to create awareness around the urban art form and the stories of some of the province’s most talented artists.

This initiative was about acknowledging some the city’s “unsung heroes” says ECR Marketing Manager, Renée Burton.


Street artist, Kev 7 at work on the Proudly KZN imagery during the #ECRStreetArt event at the BAT Centre. Picture: Supplied

“The role that the arts play in shaping both the city and the province at large, is often overlooked. We want to change that, starting today,” she added.

The the completed artwork on display certainly put paid to the notion that graffiti is synonymous with vandalism.

“This is not just art – but a form of social expression that influences the narrative of popular culture,” says Burton.


From left: Renee Burton (ECR), Zama Khawula (ECR), Sakhile Mhlongo (artist), Kev 7 (artist), Mook Lion (artist), Silindokuhle Makhubo (artist), Sihle Mthembu, Thobekile Honono and Robyn Perros (ECR). Picture: Supplied

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Online and books editor by day, mum even while I sleep, individual all the time. I live in the beautiful city of Durban - the unpolished gem in South Africa. If I didn't have a family, I'd be that crazy cat lady your mum probably warned you not to feed! Blogging is where I share, vent, rant, laugh and generally be myself. Join the ride!


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