The programmes designed at the centre are aimed at creating social cohesion and nation building through inter-cultural interaction as demonstrated in the images through out the document. Poverty alleviation is one of our biggest responsibilities as an art centre that is dedicated to creating job opportunities for art practitioners. While the centre makes a minimal profit through venue-hire, it bears the primary responsibility of renumerating artists for work done. As a result, more than 75% of BAT finance goes towards job creation that includes the paying of artists.
As culture continues to evolve and grow in the KwaZulu-Natal, the BAT Centre remains proud of it’s mothering role in supporting independent artists to stage their creativity. By being constantly engaged in dialogue with the various arts organisations, namely, the Community Art Centre’s (CAC’s), the professional artists and youth, the centre is able to touch-base with the various trends in the country. This practice encourages an integrated approach towards dealing with issues related to the BAT’s long-standing topics of discussion surrounding “the Plight of the Artist”.
The live music Sundowners is one of the programmes that have been consistent at the centre. Every Friday and Sunday, the centre hosts live bands at centres Bar/Restaurant and Deck. These shows promote all the bands that perform though weekly press releases; electronic marketing and word-of-mouth. The consistency of the programme allows the local and new audience to grow accustomed to these music sessions. As result, the Sundowners act as a venue for rubbing shoulders with various music performers, visual artists, the local and international tourists. This creates opportunities for networking and scouting of new talent for various gigs around the city and beyond.