KZNSA Anniversary: Celebrating 20 years in Glenwood

The KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts was founded 110 years ago and has resided at its current address in Bulwer Road, Glenwood, since 1996. On May 12, 1996 Ben Ngubane, the first democratically elected Minister of Arts and Culture, opened the building and the KZNSA plans to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of this occasion.

The gallery will be hosting a four-week exhibition, starting on Tuesday, May 24 at 6pm with a special anniversary party and exhibition opening. The exhibition closed on June 19. Continue reading

Ardmore celebrates the Zambezi’s fabulous fauna and flora in the Great Zambezi exhibition heading to London

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A Lillian Lovebird urn created for ‘The Great Zambezi’ Exhibition which will take place in London at the Patrick Mavros flagship store from May 18 to 28. This piece was sculpted by Teboho Ndlovu and painted by Siyabonga Mabaso. Photo: Ardmore

FLOCKS of brightly coloured birds and an abundance of wildlife – which includes hippos, elephants, black rhinos, wild dogs, cheetah and lions – can be found around the Zambezi River.

This diversity of fauna and flora has inspired the first collaboration between KwaZulu-Natal-based Ardmore Ceramic Art and the Parisian fashion house, Hermès. Continue reading

Double bill of edgy work by contemporary dancer, Fabrice Lambert at DUT

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Fabrice Lambert in Gravité. Photo: L’Expérience Harmaat/Alain Julien

THE French Institute of South Africa and the Alliance Française of Durban are presenting a performance by Fabrice Lambert, an internationally-acclaimed French artist who combines dance, movement, choreography, and installation.

He will be in Durban as part of his African tour where he will perform his two pieces Gravité and D’Eux #2 as a double-bill at the Courtyard Theatre at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) for one performance only, on Saturday, May 7 at 7 pm. Continue reading

Innovative retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

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Hero (Spokazi Poswa) and Claudio (Vuyolwethu Tshambula)

An innovating telling of one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, will be staged at the Durban University of Technology’s Courtyard Theatre in Durban from March 14 to 18, before heading off the Germany as part of an innovative global exchange/research programme to honour the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Continue reading

Sad news: author, essayist, teacher and political activist, Lauretta Ngcobo, has died

Lauretta Ngcobo. Photo: ethekwinilivinglegends.com

Lauretta Ngcobo. Photo: ethekwinilivinglegends.com

AUTHOR, essayist, teacher and political activist, Lauretta Ngcobo, has died.

Adele Branch, of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, which published her books Prodigal Daughters and And They Didn’t Die, said in a statement: “We learnt this morning [yesterday] of Lauretta Ngcobo’s death. Although she has struggled with her health ever since suffering a stroke, the news still came as a shock.” Continue reading