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The hip home of established local artists, the BAT Centre is the place to go and witness painters, musicians and African dancers at work (there are live shows most nights, and the complex contains several art galleries), as well as shop for authentic South African crafts. The on-site bay view bar is a hit with regulars.
Do & See
Durban's offerings extend far beyond beaches to a plethora of cultural pursuits, from historic homes-turned-museums of colonial sugar barons (think the Campbell Collections) to hip, grassroots art spaces taken over by young local talents (such as the BAT centre). Durban is home to an impressive marine theme park called uShaka, and frequently plays hosts to major cultural events, such as performances by its very own KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and Playhouse Company, as well as international events such as the Mamas (MTV Africa Music Awards).