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Friday, September 22, 2017

Win Tickets To Essence Festival Music Concerts


Essence Festival Durban 2017 is almost upon us and they have lined up some wonderful music concerts during the festival this year.



Essence Festival Durban will bring together international performers and speakers to entertain and inspire, as well as a host of local artists and experts. The event is comprised of nightly music concerts and a daily Empowerment Experience, offering workshops and seminars across various sectors, including development of women and youth in business.

The Festival is on from 26 September – 1 October 2017 in Durban, South Africa at the ICC.

The good folks at Essence have given us double tickets for the shows to give to you.

Venue: Durban ICC Arena International Convention Centre ICC
Dates: Saturday 30 Sept 2017 Durban
Essence All-Star Music Concert featuring Jill Scott, Mi Casa, Nasty C and many more.

Answer this question and you could just win double tickets to the All-Star Music Concert:

This artist was introduced to the world by hip-hop mega-group “The Roots”; starred in the hit TV series "The number 1 ladies detective agency" shot in Botswana, and she will be headlining the Essence Festival All Star concert on the 30th of September at the Durban ICC. Tell us who she is and stand a chance to win a double ticket to this incredible show.  Tickets are available at Computicket

Send your answer, name, email and contact details to umhlangalife@gmail.com

Venue: Durban ICC Arena International Convention Centre ICC
Sunday, 1 Oct 2017 Bishop TD Jakes and Joyous Celebration headline Essence All-Star Gospel Concert



Answer this question and you could just win double tickets to the All-Star Gospel Concert:

Can you guess who these artists are:  one is a world renowned Bishop, the other are a popular Gospel Choir from SA. Together they collaborated to record a classic DVD live in the US last year and will be performing together again on the 1st of October at the Essence Festival, at the Durban ICC. Get the 2 names right of and stand a chance to win a double ticket to the Essence Gospel show on Sunday. Tickets are available at Computicket

Send your answer, name, email and contact details to umhlangalife@gmail.com

Ts and Cs Apply – Competition can close at any time.

For more info about the festival and concerts visit: www.essence.com/durban

Find them on Twitter @essencefest and @dbnexperience   |   Facebook – Durban Experience

#EssenceFestDBN    |   #EssenceFestDBN17



This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Win Tickets To The Dance Show Footloose


Directed for the first time by Daisy Spencer, the 17th annual Young Performers Production for this year is a reprise of Footloose which comes to the UKZN Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 8 – 17 September 2017.



Footloose tells the story of a tenacious and rebellious city teenager, Ren (played by Joshua Milne), who moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned by the conservative Rev Shaw Moore (played by Arnie Field) and his wife (Sarah Heron) and the town council. Ren leads the young people of the town, including Rev Moore’s rebellious daughter Ariel (Leah Mari), in a protest against the town’s banning of the annual dance.

The stage adaptation of Footloose is by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford with music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford and additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Logins and Jim Steinman.

Footloose has had two incarnations as a feature film: in 1984 a youthful Kevin Bacon was Ren playing against John Lithgow’s Rev Shaw Moore. Also in the cast were Lori Singer, Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Wiest. The film was remade in 2011 and featured Kenny Wormald as Ren and Dennis Quaid as the Reverend. Also in the remake were Julianne Hough and Andie MacDowell. 

Footloose, the Musical was adapted for the stage from the film, and premiered in 1998 and became a Broadway and West End hit. It has been staged successfully globally since then. Footloose boasts some now-iconic musical numbers:  the theme song, Footloose,  which became a hit for Kenny Loggins; Holding out for a Hero, which was recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler for the first film; and Let’s Hear it for the Boy which became a number one song for singer Denise Williams. Other songs from the musical include On Any Sunday; The Girl Gets Around, Somebody’s Eyes, Heaven Help me and Learning to be Silent.

The 2017 Young Performers Project sees Daisy Spencer as both the director and choreographer working together with co-choreographer Jarryd Watson and Des Govender as vocal coach, Dawn Selby is MD, with live music from The Reals. Production supervisor is Themi Venturas.

“We are delighted to be reviving such a topical story as Footloose,” say Venturas. “When it was staged in 2014 we had a short run, and many performances were sold out, and we had a sense that people wanted more – so we are doing it again – staging it in a slightly different more contemporary way with the addition of Jarryd’s new choreographic ideas, new leads and a mostly new cast,” said Venturas.

The project ensures that the learners get a taste of working in the professional musical theatre arena. The cast of 25 were chosen at auditions – including learners travelling from the Skhethuxolo High School in Hammarsdale.  Rehearsals are in full swing, with the cast meeting every weekend until the opening night. The project promotes discipline, develops confidence, and gives an opportunity to make life-long friendships, and to learn a huge amount from the professionals.

The producers are grateful to RCL Foods through their Do More Foundation, Black Coffee, Snazzi Events and UKZN’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Previous YPP productions have been: Curtain Up;  One Voice; Grease; Oliver; Fiddler on the Roof; The Wiz; Annie; School of Rock, SA; Big River; Hairspray; Seussical; Legally Blonde, Can You Feel It?; Footloose; Soldiers in the City and last year, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story.

Over the years the show has grown to be very popular with Durban audiences so early booking is recommended. Booking is through Computicket outlets at Shoprite Checkers, by phone on 0861 915 8000 or online at www.computicket.com.

Footloose the Musical is presented by arrangement with DALRO.

For further enquiries please call Riaan Timson on 082 696 3507


Venue: Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre UKZN
Dates: 8 – 17 Sept 2017.
Times: Tues – Sat 7pm; Sat and Sun at 2.30pm
Tickets: R100 (Tue – Wed) & R150 full price R130 OAP and scholars (Thur – Sun)


Schedule:
Friday 08 Sept @ 7pm    R75 (low-priced preview)
Sat 09 Sept @ 2.30pm  R150 (concession price R130)  
Sat 09 Sept @ 7pm  R150 (concession price R130)  OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT
Sun 10 Sept @ 2.30pm  R150 (R130 concession price)

Tues 12 Sept @ 7pm  R100
Wed 13 Set @ 7pm R100
Thurs 14 Sept @ 7pm  R150 (R130 concession price)
Frid 15 Sept @ 7pm R150 (R130 concession price)
Sat 16 Sept @ 2.30pm R150 (R130 concession price)
Sat 16 Sept @ 7pm R150  (R130 concession price)
Sun 17 Sept @ 2.30pm R150 (R130 concession price)

General admission: R150, with a discount price of R130 for students, scholars and pensioners.  Low priced preview R75,  and Tues and Wed shows will sell at R100 throughout.


Win Tickets To The Show

The producers have given us tickets just for you. We have 3 double tickets for the show on Tuesday 12 September 2017 at 7pm.

Simply email umhlangalife@gmail.com with your name, contact details, email and the answer to this easy question:

Which famous actor was in the original film version of Footlose?

1.  Kevin Macon
2.  Kevin Bacon
3. Kevin Acorn 

Competition could close at any time. Ts and Cs apply.


This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton  




Monday, August 28, 2017

Key Highlights From The CAO AGM


We want to turn dreams into reality!

The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications of all first-time entry level undergraduate candidates to KwaZulu-Natal’s four public universities, three TVET colleges and 13 private colleges.

Members of the CAO Board with guest speaker Devi-Sankaree Govender - Image: Abhi Indrarajan


They held their AGM recently at the Hilton Hotel in Durban and these were some of the highlights:
George van der Ross, the CEO of CAO gave us insight into the new Short Course Training they are now offering for Corporates and the Education Sector.  

They will also be giving courses on the new POPI Act.
4th September 2017 – The POPI Act for Executives
5th- 6th September 2017 – Impact of POPI Act on Academic Staff
7th – 8th September 2017 – Impact of POPI Act on HR Administrators
11th – 12th September 2017 – Impact of POPI Act on Academic Administration
13th – 14th September 2017 – Impact of POPI Act on Legal, Finance and Supply Chain Administrators

Call: +27 (0) 31 268 44 44
Physical Address:  Gate 11, Mary Thiphe Street (Cato Manor Road), Durban.

The keynote speaker for the event was Devi-Sankaree Govender from Carte Blanche.
‘From early on I bucked the system,’ shared Ms Govender. She sent her CV everywhere.
‘When you are a talk show host you have to think out of the box,’ noted Ms Govender.
She describes a day on a Carte Blanche shoot as always involving drama.

George van der Ross gave us an inspiring talk into what education and the selection of students really means.
‘How do we select our students?’ asked Mr van der Ross.
‘What do we know about the students we are selecting?’ asked Mr van der Ross.
‘Do we know how prepared or ready our students are for post school studies?’ queried Mr van der Ross.
When you apply to a university they normally want you to write an essay, this is because they want to know more about you.
Mr van der Ross also shared some key statistics in education:
Approximately 30% of students drop out in the 1st year.
‘Under 5% of African and Coloured youth succeed in higher education,’ said Mr van der Ross.
‘Turning the tide must be central,’ emphasised Mr van der Ross.
‘What are we doing about it?’ he asked.
‘Learners are migrating from rural areas to affluent areas. More students from better resourced schools are getting into university,’ noted Mr van der Ross.

He shared some key recommendations:
‘We need to forge more meaningful long term partnerships with schools to create more visible access to pathways from high school to university.  We need to assist with decisions about courses of study much earlier at point of registration. We want to turn dreams into reality. What are we doing as an institution to promote access? Universities need to develop much more understanding on who these students are and what they can and cannot do,’ said Mr van der Ross.

Amongst the talks there was also some wonderful cultural dances to make the AGM come alive.

The next AGM is scheduled for 22 August 2018.

For more info visit: www.cao.ac.za


This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Opportunity for Female Filmmakers


Blue Ice Pictures in partnership with The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) will be hosting a four week
mentorship and hands on training programme for emerging female filmmakers in September 2017.



Blue Ice Pictures is an independent film and television production company based in Toronto with an office in Cape Town. The company’s highly skilled team develops and produces critically acclaimed and commercially viable films, television shows, documentaries, and reality series, with a longstanding involvement in international co-productions and studio production services.

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture that was
created to ensure the equitable growth of South Africa's film and video industry. We do this by providing funding for the development, production, marketing and distribution of films and also the training and development of filmmakers.

In addition, the NFVF commissions research and produces industry statistics that provide both the public and
stakeholders with valuable insights into the South African film industry.
The two successful candidates will be working closely with a director and producer on the set of Blue Ice Pictures
television series production in Toronto. The programme offers accommodation, travel and a stipend whilst in Toronto.

Criteria:

Applicants must have a minimum experience of 2 – 3 years proven track record in producing /
directing a Fiction / Drama (NO DOCUMENTARIES)
South African citizen or permanent resident and must reside in South Africa
Previously disadvantaged individuals are encouraged to apply

Requirements:
Full comprehensive CV
A short career profile within the film industry
Certified ID copy
Certified valid passport
Must be AVAILABLE for 45 uninterrupted weeks whilst based in Toronto

Important Notice:
1. Incomplete applications will be disqualified
2. Only certified documents will be accepted
3. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered
4. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for a one on one interview

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 31 July 2017


EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: applications@nfvf.co.za


This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Exclusive Interview with the Lady behind the 2017 Mrs Universe Durban


The other day I had the pleasure of interviewing Tracey-Anne Aggett the lady behind the 2017 Mrs Universe Pageant being held for the first time on African soil. 



It will be held in Durban, South Africa.  A real coup not only for Durban but also for South Africa.
Mrs Agett a former entrant in the 2016 Pageant is the lady organizing the event for Durban.  She took part in the event in China last year and won the 2016 Charity Award at the 2016 event.

I asked her some questions about the event coming up for Durban on 2 September 2017.

What made you enter Mrs Universe?
Well I first won Mrs KZN.  I had gone through a lot, I had lost a child, I wanted to do good for children.  That’s what attracted me.  I’m also a tireless campaigner against childhood domestic violence.

How did you get the rights to Mrs Universe?
I wanted it, I saw the opportunity, I’m passionate about Africa, I can grow the brand.  They awarded me the rights by God’s Grace.

Tell us about the campaigns you have lined up against gender violence?
#OneVoice is one where we will be taking a stand against gender violence.  We are also taking part in a Global March, we will all be wearing black with a gold ribbon. We want to empower women. We are uniting as one. It’s time for change. Hopefully we can educate different areas of the world. We need support groups against human trafficking and abuse.

Is there still a place for beauty pageants?
100% as long as they are used to empower women. This event is for real women, real issues.

What can people expect at this event?
A lot of international cultures, fashion, dance, local entertainment, Charity and School visits, Fashion evenings and a celebration of women from the world.

What is your advice for young women who want to get involved in modelling?
Whatever you are trying to achieve know what you want to do with it.  You’re going to face many challenges, use them as building blocks, never stop dreaming.

Tell us about the theme for the pageant, ‘Empowering women. Creating change’ ?
We are empowering the youth and the next  generation.  We want to implement change.  This is a huge sisterhood.

Rumour has it the ladies will be taking part in East Coast Radio’s First Swim of Spring?
It’s going to be interesting. It’s a celebration of Spring. A bunch of women getting together on the beach for a good cause.

Why did you choose People’s Park as the venue for the pageant?
There’s something about that venue. There’s a historic feel to it. It’s the breadbasket of Africa. Best views of Durban.

What keeps you going every day?
Prayer and Faith. God is my pillar. My husband and family keep me going. Positivity. Good food.

The Mrs Universe 2017 pageant takes place at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium on 2 September 2017.

For more info visit www.mrsuniverse2017.co.za.

For corporate involvement in Mrs Universe 2017, email marketing@mrsuniverse2017.co.za or       call 031 466 4905 or 071 871 6744.

Interview by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton



Sunday, July 16, 2017

CineFAM South Africa Short Film Challenge at DIFF and DFM



CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, in partnership with Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT), invites South African women filmmakers to participate in the inaugural CineFAM South Africa Short Film Challenge. 



The CineFAM South Africa Short Film Challenge aims to create opportunities to garner international recognition and global distribution and is presented at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) (13 to 23 July) and the Durban FilmMart (DFM) (14 to 17 July).

SWIFT is a newly formed organization that aims to advance the participation of women in the South African audio‐visual sector. CaribbeanTales is a group of companies that produces, markets, and sells Caribbean‐themed film and television content for global audiences. It includes CaribbeanTales Inc. a registered Charity based in Toronto, Canada; the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) which takes place annually in Toronto in September; the renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program.

The challenge also aims to connect South African filmmakers with those in the Diaspora as well as a
global audience.

SWIFT will present a preparatory workshop on no‐budget filmmaking at the Durban FilmMart on Monday, July 17 from 12:30pm to 2pm at the Tsogo Sun Maharani Hotel. This workshop will provide participants with useful tools for making a short film with constraints in time, budget and other resources.

This is a free workshop and no booking is necessary.

Following the workshop (which is not mandatory to enter the Challenge), the CineFAM South Africa Short Film Challenge will take place from 19‐23 July and will be open to teams with the roles of writer, director and producers filled by women and queer filmmakers from South Africa. The theme from the challenge will be announced on 18 July on the CaribbeanTales website www.caribbeantales‐tv.com and the teams will have five days to write, shoot and edit a film of no longer than 5 minutes. Entering teams need to feature female identifying crew in the key positons of writer, director and producer.

Completed films must be uploaded by no later than Sunday, 23 July at midnight (GMT +2) on the CaribbeanTales website. Teams unable to upload the films for submission, from their own internet connections, should contact cinefamza@gmail.com on the first day of the challenge to make arrangements for submission.
A shortlist of up to ten short films will be selected and posted on the CT website for online voting. The challenge will recognize three winning films including best story, best direction and audience choice. Two of these films will be given their World Premiere Screening at the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival and all will be given the opportunity to acquire distribution by CTWD.

“We are very excited to be collaborating with both SWIFT and Caribbean Tales on this initiative and hope it will lay the foundation for more cooperation between filmmakers on the continent and those from the Diaspora,” says Toni Monty of the Durban FilmMart.

Sara Blecher said “Short films are brilliant ways that filmmakers and their projects can get noticed.

“We are delighted that this new programme to encourage South African filmmakers to take the short film challenge during the festival focuses on women in line with the Women Led Film theme for this year’s festival,” says Chipo Zhou, DIFF manager.

For more info contact cinefamza@gmail.com .

For more info about the DIFF go to www.durbanfilmfest.co.za  and for the DFM go to www.durbanfilmmart.com.



This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Friday, July 7, 2017

All You Need To Know For The Durban International Film Festival 2017


It’s almost time for the Durban International Film Festival.

The Opening Film - SERPENT

The festival will open with the South African film ‘SERPENT’ by Amanda Evans.  It’s been described as a tightly wound, psychological time bomb that unravels with an intense, disturbing conviction.

This year the festival has a new manager, Chipo Zhou.

The festival will pay tribute to three stalwarts, the late and great Joe Mafela and Junaid Ahmed and the living legend, Abdullah Ibrahim.

There will also be the regular features including Talents Durban, Workshops, Durban FilmMart, 
Wavescape Film Festival which opens on Bay of Plenty on 16th July at 7pm, A Schools Programme and also Free Screenings and Workshops around Durban and much more.

There will also be a German focus in this festival with a German Film Festival within the Durban Film Festival.  Look out for 10 gripping German films by some of Germany’s finest directors, a masterclass by German film industry professionals, as well as networking sessions with the cream of the international film industry crop.
German films to look out for include: ‘The People vs Fritz Bauer,’ also ‘Paula,’ and ‘Goodbye Berlin.’



The Goethe-Institut will also present various Virtual Reality (VR) films at Durban FilmMart which will show what the future holds for filmmakers.

The Closing Film - ASINAMALI


The Durban International Film Festival runs from 13 – 23 July in Durban, South Africa.


Twitter: @DIFFest   #DIFF2017 


This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton