Celebrating the 21st anniversary of “La Route du Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon” in KZN

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Glenn Flanagan with the sign to the monument.

This year marks the 21st Anniversary of the establishment of La Route du Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon (The Route of the Prince Impérial, Louis Napoleon), a tourism initiative that follows the scenic pilgrimage route through KwaZulu-Natal, taken by a mother in mourning as she followed the footsteps of her son to where he was killed during the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879.

The Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon was killed in an ambush at uQweqwe, near Nqutu, on 1 June 1879. The following year on the anniversary of his death, his mother, the Empress Eugenie, spent the night in vigil at the very spot, which is now marked as a monument to him. Continue reading

Classy entertainment in store at the 2017 Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg

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Blues legend, Dan Patlansky, will be one of four great acts at the Royal Rock concert on May 27. Also performing will be Locnville, Ard Matthews and the Black Lapels. Photo: Bakkes Images

SOUTH African musicians, Ard Mathews, Dan Patlansky, Locnville and Siphokazi, are among the drawcards at this year’s Royal Agricultural Show concerts, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

Music plays a major part in the event, which runs at the Agricultural Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, June 4. Continue reading

Durban Theatre Awards nominee Cobus van Heerden to perform in Malvern

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Jacobus van Heerden, aka Kirk Darren, will MC and perform at the Malvern Child and Youth Care Centre’s fundraising birthday bash on Saturday November 5.

Actor, writer and theatre and film producer Jacobus van Heerden is putting his considerable talents behind the Malvern Child and Youth Care Centre’s 53rd fundraising Birthday Bash on November 5.

Under the guise of his Kirk Darren character, the award-winning Durban theatre personality will MC the event and perform some of his unique songs. Continue reading

Celebrate Marine Week at uShaka Marine World

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It’s National Marine Week and what better way to celebrate the oceans and coastal environment than by visiting uShaka Sea World in Durban and enjoying close encounters with over 400 different species of marine creatures.

A one hour tour of the aquarium, starting at 2pm has been specially designed for visitors during National Marine Week.

The informal tour which is aimed at the whole family will take you on a journey of fun and discovery through the aquarium getting to know more about the animals and their unique and often comical characteristics.

The tour is included in the entrance ticket to uShaka Sea World at a cost of R100 only and is valid until Sunday, October 16. For more information call 031 328 8000.

Fun-filled programme at the Glenwood Community Festival

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(Back from left) Deen Fredericks, Cate D’ffay, Matthew Phipps, Matthew Grosseh, Zakir Belim, Megan Heckler, Luke Veldtman, (front, from left) Nicolas Ackerman, Jaskaran Rajaruthnam and Sibu Ndlovu. Photo: Gareth Sedgbeer-Williams

A bustling weekend of fun family activities is planned for the annual Glenwood Community Festival which runs from Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 11. Continue reading

Festival to provide a platform for fantastic new African artists in KZN

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Taking part in this year’s Festival in the Hills are artists taking part in the Living Arts Campaign. Seen here are (from left) Jason Msipa (bead worker and sculptor), Dean Norris (Enza facilitator) and Paul Mazefani (painter). Photo: Val Adamson

Estelle Sinkins talks to DEAN NORRIS from the LIVING ART CAMPAIGN about how they are helping African artists to get better recognition and more money for the work they make. Continue reading

Aeroplane lands in shark exhibit at uShaka

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Last week, before the park opened to the public, a six seater Beechcraft aeroplane was lowered into the shark exhibit at uShaka Sea World in Durban.

“I was approached by Nick Lincoln, a chicken farmer near Ballito and asked whether I thought we would be able to utilise his aeroplane which had recently been written off after an accident, as a feature at uShaka Marine World. It only took a few seconds to reply, as I knew immediately it would make a wonderful addition to the Aquariums shipwreck theme,” said Tony McEwan, director of uShaka Sea World.

Before being lowered into the exhibit, the aeroplane was stripped of its engine and all peripheral pieces before being sprayed with a protective epoxy coating.

The unique undersea theme of the aquarium is internationally acknowledged as one of the most creative throughout the world.

McEwan said: “We trust that the aeroplane will be an exciting addition to the aquarium’s unique theming and that the fish in the shark exhibit will enjoy exploring the nooks and crannies.”

 

Fabulous fun expected at the Fotag Quiz at the Tatham Art Gallery

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THE Friends of Tatham Art Gallery (Fotag) is hosting a fundraising quiz evening at the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg, on Friday, August 12.

ESTELLE SINKINS spoke to sports commentator, Andy Capostagno, who lives in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, and will be the quiz master at the event, about the chances that the Springboks and Proteas have in the forthcoming internationals and how he feels South African sportsmen and women will fare at the Rio Olympics.

He also shares his thoughts on working as a commentator and why supporting events like the Fotag Quiz is important. Continue reading