Interpret Durban is back for the 5th time. #ID5, as it’ll be commonly called, is an arts and culture event that focuses on celebrating Durban’s creative community. It’s inspired by Durban’s city and people and everything from the decor to venue is there to show off what Durban has to offer. A curated exhibition of video, illustration, photography, graphic design, visual art and street art is accompanied by a prize giving and celebratory party with live music. This year’s theme, entitled Durban DNA, considers the building blocks of an urban centre and asks, “what makes a city?”
Run as a multi-disciplinary creative contest, work will be selected on a submission basis and there’s now over R90 000 worth of prizes to be won – the kind of incentive artists need but seldom get. The categories and complementary sub themes are: professional photography – I am Durban, amateur photography – pure Durban, illustration/design – Durban bulletin, video – Durban atmosphere, and visual arts – Durban urban.
Each category has an accompanying brief that elaborates on the theme and describes specific competition requirements. The video brief tells artists to “capture the feel and energy of Durban – from the people to the places and interactions” while the visual arts submissions are defined by a 20 by 20cm block format.
You don’t have to be from Durban to submit work but the themes and many of the prizes are Durban based, so keep that in mind if you’re wanting your work to be included.