Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Read about the Long Short Walk, Photography Events, Mother's Day Events and Live Theatre

What ‘s it about?

The Long Short walk was established and launched as a part of the Zenani Mandela campaign. Zenani was Nelson Mandela's great grand-daughter, who was killed on the eve of the Soccer World Cup in 2010, on her way home from the Opening Concert.
It is a call to action, led by the Mandela family, and carried out during the United Nation's Global Road Safety Week that takes place between 6 - 12 May. This campaign is International and hundreds of countries are taking part and arranging their own Long Short Walks. The Long Short Walks are then filmed/photographed and distributed via Social Media such as Facebook,Twitter and Flickr with the hashtag  #walksafe . All photos/footage are then put together, providing snapshots of streets and journeys across the world. 
Our Walk.

We are hosting the 031 Long Short Walk. We will be walking down Florida Road as it is not only our 'home' but also one of the busiest streets in Durban in terms of foot-traffic, and we are always witness to vehicles speeding/driving under the influence in this street, with complete disregard to the pedestrians.
We are meeting at Mitchell Park (across from Vida E) on Saturday the 11th of May from 11h00. The walk will start at 12h00 and our destination will be the Durban Tourism Office at the bottom of Florida Road.  
Thank you to Fishwicks for sponsoring the printing of the posterboards and banners for us. We will be serving snacks at Spiga after the walk to all those taking part.

For details please contact Karla at  or 031 303 9511.


The London Walk


The Rome Walk


The Vietnam Walk

(Source - Spiga) 

Music At St Clements

Nibs & Rodney Branigan

                      Friday 10 May
                      St Clements
                     191 Musgrave Road, Durban
                     18:30, R80pp        
                     Bookings essential 031 2022511
Acclaimed South African troubadour NIBS will be on tour this May with world acclaimed, acoustic guitar virtuoso, Rodney Branigan from Texas.

The two met at in London in 2011 and have spoken about a combined tour ever since. Nibs will be releasing his brand new Anthology album, ‘Crossing Borders, Driving north’, while Branigan will be gracing our shores with his outer worldly guitar prowess.

(Source - St Clements) 


(Source - Hirsch's) 

Join Sony for a Photography Talk

Sony Photography April  2013

(Source - Sony Gateway) 

Live Theatre
Catalina UnLtd proudly announces that Catalina’s Deaf production  “Listen with Your Eyes a comedy play, created and performed by Bo Tasker, Darren Rajbal and Ismael Mansoor  and directed by Alison Swannack, is going international.
Catalina UnLtd has decided to showcase “Listen With Your Eyes” by running the play again   from 30 May to 1 June 2013 at the Catalina Theatre, 18 Boatman Road, Wilson’s Wharf for the public who missed this fantastic show last year. To book a ticket (R80) please visit The play runs from Thurs 30th May, Fri 31st May at 8pm and Sat 1 June at 2pm and 8pm.
 ‘Listen with your Eyes’ took Catalina’s “Talking Hands”, the first ever Deaf Theatre Festival delivered in  South Africa, by storm last year. It has been selected for the Festival Clin d’Oeil (European Deaf Theatre Festival) in Reims, France.  While showcasing the richness of performance art among the South African Deaf Community, the cast will be exposed to the excitement of the international Deaf Theatre world at a time when this Deaf Cultural Festival celebrates its 10th year.
Festival Clin d’Oeil was created in 2003 (European Year of Disabled Person) and this year will run from 5th to 7thJuly.  This multidisciplinary arts festival is aimed at highlighting the richness of the Deaf community. This unique festival has become a reference and an essential event to the global Deaf community as it opens a space for artistic expression and communication which is accessible to both Deaf and Hearing people. In addition to the performance of ‘Listen with your Eyes’, the festival has also requested the performance of  ‘Rainbow Magic’ for the street theatre aspect of the Festival, as well as two workshops for children.
Message from Mr David de Keyzer, the Festival director ‘I always take great pleasure in meeting new artists and that is why we have chosen to invite the cast from Catalina UnLtd. It is very important for us to promote foreign artists in Europe, at Festival Clin d'Oeil. We encourage the exchange of experiences and cultures in which results in constant evolution of our art. I will be amazed by the South African culture now, and the audience can also discover this culture so far from France… We are very pleased with the arrival of these great artists. With more than 6,000 persons attending the Festival in 2011, "Clin d’Oeil" is today the international central meeting event of Deaf culture.
Diversity, protection and development of languages are a central concern of the Festival. Greater diversity in the public audience is now fortunately  possible thanks to the 15 interpreters present, the vélotypie, subtitling and the magnetic loop, which allows meetings and exchanges between deaf and hearing people.’
The play “Listen with your Eyes” is a Deaf-only comedy based in a science lab. The hearing scientist and his Deaf assistant find communication a big challenge and they set about designing a robot to interpret for them. While designing the robot the hearing scientist learns a lot about Deaf people’s communication needs but not without loads of humour!
This is the first time ever for a Deaf-led and exclusive South African cast and director to perform on the international stage, which makes history for Catalina UnLtd and South Africa! 
The Artistic Director of Catalina UnLtd, Mr Themi Venturas, says, “We have embraced the Deaf community and deaf artists at Catalina, and it is gratifying to see this international recognition for their efforts.  The play is sure to be well received in France, and we are currently looking for funding and sponsors for our talented cast and director.”
The festival is paying 50% of the airfares for 4 people, Ismael Mansoor, Darren Rajbal, Bo Tasker and Alison Swannack and providing a small fee for the performances. “All we need to showcase South African Deaf theatre talent in Europe is to find the funders.  A reasonable amount for these amazing South Africans to showcase their work on behalf of the city, the Province and the country,” notes Mr Venturas.  All assistance would be greatly appreciated.
For further information or to make a contribution please email Alison Swannack at or contact Francis Doherty-Bigara at 031 837 7400 or 072 795 5965 . You can also visit or

(Source - Catalina Theatre) 

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