Award-winning theatre on offer in the SA Women’s Arts Fest at the Playhouse

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Mpho Osei Tutu and Ilse Klink in Scorched. Photo: Jane Berg/CuePix

AS part of its celebrations for Women’s Month in August, the Playhouse Company in Durban will present its famed South African Women’s Arts Festival (SAWAF).

Now in its 21st year, the festival, which runs from August 10 to 19, features a host of award-winning dramas, including the Naledi Award-winning productions, Suddenly The Storm and Scorched. Continue reading

Learn how to get the most out of the creative economy at the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) roadshow

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Pietermaritzburg is one of the stops on the national roadshow of the South African Cultural Observatory. Photo: Tshesipo Mazibuko

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) will be in Pietermaritzburg on August 17 as part of a countrywide roadshow to share the organisation’s insights and experience with the creative, cultural and research industries.

Taking place at the Winston Churchill Theatre from 9.30 am, the event aims to support all those working on arts, culture and heritage projects. Continue reading

Durban duo pen praise and worship song for Mini World Youth Day

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Ballet dancer Katherine Anderson as she appears in the video for ‘The Mighty One’. Photo: Lwandile Ngubentombi

 

TWO Durban performers, Justin Nanak and Thandeka Dube-Ndhlovu, have composed an original praise-and-workshop ballad, The Mighty One, for the Mini World Youth Day 2017.

The song will be the official theme tune for the event, which runs from December 6 to 10. It was launched at a meeting on July 24 and can now be viewed online.  Continue reading

Indulge in great food and music at Durban’s newest lifestyle market

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Vendors, Hazel Joubert, Mondli Cele and Kirsten Werner get ready for the Rivertown Night Market on July 28. Photo: Supplied

A NEW monthly market in Durban aims to put the spotlight on local producers and entrepreneurs in the city.

The Rivertown Night Market at 130 Stalwart Simelane Street, opposite the Durban ICC, will take place on the last Friday evening of every month at the Rivertown Precinct. The concept started last month and will have its second market on Friday, July 28 from 5.30 pm until 10 pm.   Continue reading

Fabulous Indian fashion on show at The Square Boutique Hotel in Umhlanga

PIETERMARITZBURG events co-ordinator, Nafeesa Joosab, and Durban designer, Haroun Hansrot, are planning to wow the province’s fashionistas with their first-ever Haute Fashion Extravaganza, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

Running from July 28 to July 30 at The Square Boutique Hotel in Umhlanga, the event aims to showcase the work of 25 Indian designers on the catwalk and in a series of pop-up shops. Continue reading

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