CulturArte was founded in 1998 by Mozambican dancer and choreographer Panaibra Gabriel Canda, its artistic director. CulturArte is not just a dance company but also a development centre for the performing arts and most particularly for dance. It serves as a platform for choreographers, dancers, companies and independent artists involved in the creation of innovative contemporary artistic expressions that are as rooted in the rich traditions of Mozambique as much as they are, highly, in tune with the world.
CulturArte equally operates within a sub-regional context (Eastern Africa) and proposes various activities: from training to production up to lobbying decision-makers.
In partnership with Danças Na Cidade (Lisbon and P.A.R.T.S, Brussels), CulturArte set up from 2003 to 2007, a programme to foster young artists from Maputo and Matola; a choreographic process that Faustin Linyekula was, even, a part of in 2007. This process enabled the emergence of a contemporary scene and of dancers that are, today, internationally recognized.
In 2007, Panaibra launched the (IN) DEPENDENCE project, a training and mentoring project integrating able and disabled people.
In 2005, 2007, and 2008, CulturArte also organized, in collaboration with the Franco-Mozambican Cultural Centre, three platforms for contemporary dance in Maputo.
CulturArte has not only produced different creative works by Panaibra but also co-produced the creative works of other choreographers from Mozambique, South Africa and Madagascar.