Read on to find out what the city has to offer
October 20, 2017
Durban, South Africa: If you around the province and looking to have a good time, eat some good food and enjoy the sunny skies, look no further than the fun guide to a fantastic weekend ahead right belowHere are some of the options you can explore.
Fun run: Durban and Pietermaritzburg
Durban: Durban North College, 22 Oct
The global feel-good, happy, colourful event, the Color Run is back! In 2017, it’s bringing The Superhero Tour to Durban’s shores, after a great run last weekend in Pietermaritzburg.. Strap on your capes – it’s gonna get colourful.
This October, you’d better pack your superpowers because the city’s superheroes will be challenging you to get more colourful than you thought possible. That’s right – you might have heard the rumours. The Color Run’s Superhero Tour is all about believing in the superhero in each and every one of us. This year Color Runners have a chance to wrestle rainbows under the Eiffel Tower! The superhero of the year will grab their favourite person, and jet off to The Color Run in Paris, France, in 2018. To enter, tag a pic of you being a superhero with #TCRHero and share the main The Color Run South Africa Facebook page with your friends.
“The Superhero Tour is inspiring participants to celebrate themselves, and those who have mentored, encouraged, and positively influenced them,” says Trevor Latimer, national event co-ordinator of The Color Run South Africa.
When: 22 October 2017
Where: Durban North College, 25/26 Prospect Hall Rd, Durban North, Durban, 4051
Time: 09H00 for 10h00
Hashtag: #TheHappiest5k and #TCRHero #livebetter
Theatre - Evita Bezuidenhout & the Kaktus of Separate Development
Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 31 Oct – 19 Nov
Get a revised history lesson from South Africa’s most famous white woman, Evita Bezuidenhout, as she presents her side-splitting, satirical stand-up Evita Bezuidenhout & the Kaktus of Separate Development at the
Elizabeth Sneddon theatre on UKZN campus for a three week run from Tuesday 31 October until Sunday 19 November.
Tannie Evita takes her audience on a unique great trek as she follows the journey of the Kaktus of Separate Development (Kaktaceae Apartica) from its arrival in 1652 to its reinvention in 1994 – right up to the headlines of today. Assisted by visual aids reflecting a familiar terrain of history, from the arrival of a small Dutch ship called the Drommedaris to the coronation of a former political prisoner called Madiba. She will have you in stiches while tackling one of the most controversial issues in our democracy: the real history of South Africa and the right to laugh at the lies.
Venue: Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre
Dates: 31 October – 19 November 2017
Times: Tue 31 Oct: 19h30 Low Price Preview
Wed, Thurs, Friday at 7.30pm
Sat and Sun at 3pm
Music: The KZN Philharmonic Late Spring Season
Durban City Hall: 19 Oct – 16 Nov
The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the Durban City Hall for its four-week late Spring Symphony Season of sublime world class music from 19 October until 16 November.
Special features of the season includes celebrating Lykele Temmingh’s 30th year as a conductor of the KZN Philharmonic, and the 25th anniversary of regular collaborators, Clermont Community Choir. This season, the
KZNPO returns to Johannesburg to perform alongside the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra in a glorious concert on Wednesday 25- Thursday 26 October at the Linder Auditorium.
Date: Thursday 26 October
Events: Point Yacht Club OktoberFest
Harbour: Saturday 21 October from 2pm
Sailors and beer have been a historically good combination going back aeons, and this October getting in the spirit of things the Point Yacht Club will be hosting an OktoberFest on Saturday 21 October. Dishing up some of Durban’s finest liquid refreshments is multiple award winning, home grown talents: Robsons Real Beer Brewery and Distillery 031, KWV South Africa Limited.
Getting everyone in the mood will be Durban’s very own versatile singer, Don Seagreen. Adding to the festivities and not neglecting the land loving sports fans, Charlies Bar will be screening both Currie Cup semi-finals.
Entry is R30 per person, payable at the door. Drinks and food will be for your own account. If beer, Gin or German sausages are not your all time favourite, the Anchorage Restaurant and Charlies Bar will be operating.
Parking is available at the Point Yacht Club’s parking, secure parking fee of R15.00 will apply for non-members. The festivities kick off at 2.00pm and continue past sunset. For more info visit www.pyc.co.za
Last Night of the Proms
Playhouse Opera: Sun 22 Oct at 3pm.
Get set to raise the rafters at this year’s perennial highlight of Durban’s music calendar – the much-lovedLast Night of the Proms Concert. This year’s eagerly anticipated event, presented as always by the British Cultural and Heritage Association, takes place in The Playhouse Opera Theatre on Sunday 22 October at 3pm.
South Africa’s ‘Mr Music’, Richard Cock, returns to podium to lead the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, who will be flanked by the Durban Symphonic Choir, and the combined choirs of Danville Girls High, Durban Girls High and Northwood Boys High Schools. The solo spots fall on violinist, Amy Luo and flautist, Tatiana Thaele, and also featured on the programme are proms stalwarts, the KZN Pipes and Drums, and Celtic dancers Melissa and Samantha Wood from the KZN Academy of Celtic Dance.
Although costs have escalated, tickets for Durban’s 2017 Last Night of the Proms remain the same as last year, ranging from R140 to R210. Early booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available through Computicket outlets at Shoprite Checkers, telephonically on 0861 915 8000 or online at www.computicket.com. Alternatively, call the Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9540 or 031-369 9596 (office hours).
Holah High Tea
Grace Family Church, Riverside: Saturday, October 28 from 9am.
Baby Home Likhon iThemba, is hosting their biggest fundraiser of the year! This annual event is a high tea held at Grace Family Church, Riverside, featuring a performance by the ‘Glitter Girls’ as well as a guest speaker. Avonmore Spar has sponsored the food.
The event will start at 10am, with a pop up market starting at 9am. An awesome, fun morning is planned, with lots of food, give away and prizes. Live music during the pop up market, Instagram photo booth, spec savers will be doing a free eye test. And so much more!
We would love for you to get involved, through sponsorship for some of the event, donating prizes or purchasing tickets. Tickets are R150 per person. That will include entry to the market, cappuccino from Fig tree, fruit smoothie from bar motion, entertainment and delicious high tea eats.
All funds raised will be used towards the home’s babies – (nappies, formula, food, health, as well as the maintenance of the baby home). There are also other projects that these funds will go towards.
Tickets at webtickets.co.za
Music: jazz / contemporary / acoustic
Zoe the Seed
The Jazzy Rainbow: Saturday 21 Oct
This performance by Zoe the Seed at The Jazzy Rainbow is part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which aims to foster a love and support for live music in our communities, as well as anchor small and medium sized venues in urban and rural Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.
Zoe the Seed is a Swazi born vocalist and song writer. Upon finishing her higher school education she enrolled at the University of KwaZulu-Natal to study Jazz and popular music. Her music can be very experimental since she has many influences- from soul to jazz classics, reggae, rock and gospel. Her vocal expressions tackle and impart the deepest emotion to the listener since her writing is influenced by experiences people go through. The lyrical content promotes love and respect and stands against women and child abuse. She is currently working on fusing different styles- like jazz, soul and hip hop music- in her original compositions.
Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation.
Date: Saturday 21 October
Time: doors open 7pm
Venue: The Jazzy Rainbow, 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Rd,Morningside
Tickets: R70 including a free drink for students (T&C)
Nibs Van Der Spuy & Amber Rubarth
Alliance Francaise de Durban: Wed 25 Oct
A regular of the Alliance Française de Durban and flagship of South African folk music, Nibs Van Der Spuy and his special guest from the U.S, Amber Rubarth, are Touring KwaZulu-Natal.
Nibs van der Spuy is one of the most extraordinary and exciting, world acoustic guitarists and exports to come out of South Africa. Nibs immersed himself in his natural environment to formulate a truly consummate and original sound. Growing up with the Beatles and learning first hand from traditional Zulu Maskandi guitarists, he quickly soaked up a rich tapestry of his close surroundings and beyond. After playing the local folk scene around South Africa for years and gathering up a loyal following, his big stage break came after supporting Crosby,
Stills and Nash on their 1996 South African tour. After that he was signed to the SHEER (South African World Music label) where he has released over 10 albums.
He is joined by acclaimed acoustic guitarist / vocalist, Amber Rubarth from Nashville, USA.
"Part of the new old-soul generation." - HUFFINGTON POST; "She has developed a unique gift of knocking down walls with songs so strong they sound like classics from another
era." - ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE
Experience their incomparable sounds at The Alliance Francaise de Durban on 25 October
Venue:22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside
Date: 25 October
Doors Open: 6.30 for 7.45pm start.
Safety parking, Food & refreshments available at Cash Bar (Fusion French Cafe)
Alliance Française de Durban - http://www.alliance.org.za/durban/
Amber Rubarth - http://www.amberrubarth.com/video
Nibs van der Spuy - www.nibsvanderspuy.com
Comedy / Dance:
The Bread, The Porridge and The Mix Masala
Sibaya iZulu Theatre: Sat 21 Oct at 6pm & Sun 22 Oct at 3pm
The Melanie Kisten Dance Academy celebrates 21 amazing years in the entertainment industry with an exciting new theatre production – The Bread, The Porridge and The Mix Masala.This theatrical fusion of comedy, the dance and music is written, directed and produced by Melanie Kisten, who previously staged the hit production, Kambakht Ishq.The light-hearted story touches on one family’s feuds; as well as their corruption, gambling, drinking, terrifying mother-in-law, and an unfortunate death. The production features Kisten, who is now known as the ‘crab aunty’ in the local movie, Keeping Up with TheKandasamys;and also stars her dynamic team of performers: Desiree Kisten, Marsha Kisten, Thiru Reddy, Keelan Govender, Kubeshan Naidoo, Leshna Nair, Aliosha Nair, Sagy Kisten and Bhavanie Kisten.
The Bread, The Porridge and The Mix Masalaruns at Sibaya Casino’s iZulu Theatre on Saturday 21October at 6pm and on Sunday 22October at 3pm.
Tickets via Computicket @ R120pp. To book, call 0861 915 8000 or book online at www.computicket.com
Art: Bespoke fabric range launch and exhibition for KZNSA
KZNSA Gallery: from 17 Oct
Designs to give a voice to the voiceless: a beautiful range of fabrics inspired by the Ufafa Valley crafters near Ixopo, will be launched at an exhibition at the KZNSA in Durban’s Glenwood on 17 October, 2017.
The craft enterprise as part of the sustainable livelihoods programme is a cornerstone of Woza Moya. The culmination of a thorough and carefully-managed multi-pronged process was a range of hand-embroidered images, originally designed by Leonie Malherbe, which have now been digitally printed onto fabric to be made into a contemporary product range.
The exhibition, in the KZNSA’s mezzanine gallery, is the launch of the textile range and Ufafa Valley, the new brand name of Woza Moya, Ixopo’s crafting division. It will feature enormous dramatic fabric drapes fronted by beautiful portrait photographs of the embroiderers, knitters and crafters, taken by Angie Buckland.
For more information about the exhibition, please visit www.kznsagallery.co.za
A Handful of Keys
Rhumbelow Theatre, Umbilo: Monday 30 October
South Africa’s iconic piano show, A Handful of Keys, is coming to Durban at the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment World from 8 – 19 November, and is on the lookout for a new pianist to feature in the line-up.
Auditions will take place on Monday 30 October at the Rhumbelow Theatre, in Umbilo.
The director of A Handful of Keys, Ian von Memerty, will be in Durban to host the audition process starting at 10:30am.
Co-creator of the historic show, von Memerty said, “You will need to perform one razzle dazzle piano piece, in any style. And then a contrasting number - a song, a parody or something completely different. So please prepare two totally different pieces to blow us away!”