CFAD Annual Graduation Dinner

Recycled glam:  Nikisha Goordeen and Pumele Malamlela showing their garments for the fashion show. Photo: Sophie Thompson

Recycled glam: Nikisha Goordeen and Pumele Malamlela showing their garments for the fashion show. Photo: Sophie Thompson

Durban’s most innovative art school, CFAD (Centre for Fine Art Animation and Design) will hold its annual graduation dinner, fashion extravaganza and TLTL Awards Ceremony at the DLI Hall in Greyville on Friday, August 28 at 5.30 for 6 pm. The event – which has been running for more than a decade – will see three significant events rolled into one fabulous evening: their annual graduation dinner which acknowledges the centre’s graduates: a fun and fabulous fashion extravaganza created by and hosted by CFAD students, and the Too Little Too Late Awards Ceremony.
A sit-down banquet in the atmospheric DLI Hall provides the backdrop for the Centre for Fine Art Animation and Design’s most important annual event. The evening’s MC will be the ever-effervescent former journalist Farouk Khan.

A highlight of the evening is the tertiary institution’s acknowledgment of unsung heroes instrumental in weaving the complex fabric of our community. “The TLTL – Too Little Too Late – Awards are given annually to individuals who contribute unselfishly to the community without the recognition they deserve. It is through their work people were able to break the silence,” says CFAD founder Dr Nanda Soobben.

This year the sole recipient of the TLTL Awards goes to acclaimed photographer, Omar Badsha – one of South Africa’s foremost documentary photographers, artists, political and trade union activists and historians. As an award-winning artist and photographer, he has exhibited extensively in South Africa and internationally. His response to receiving the TLTL Award will be the keynote address for the evening.

The formality of the institution’s graduation and awards ceremony is a counterpoint to the fun, fantastical and frivolous organic fashions created by undergrad design students that address the challenges of waste with a focus on recycling.

“Started in 2000, this fashion design project is an opportunity to stretch the creativity of the graphic design students and to explore a unique solution to the age-old problem of pollution,” says CFAD staffer Tamlyn Martin.

The Centre for Fine Art, Animation and Design (CFAD) is a tertiary institution that offers training in fine art, animation (2D and 3D) and graphic design.

CFAD operates from 183 Cowey (Problem Mkhize) Road, Durban. Declared a National Monument, this 100-year-old building is an Edwardian Villa with beautiful gardens and a charming fountain.

The CFAD was established in 1994 by world-renowned cartoonist, illustrator and journalist Dr Nanda Soobben.

For more information about CFAD, and to book your space at the graduation evening, contact Sasha on (031) 207 2350.

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