Friday, August 30, 2013

Gearing up for East Coast Radio Durban Day & A Jazz Jol

Artists and fans alike are gearing up for East Coast Radio Durban Day, presented by Durban Tourism, which is just over a week away. Eight bands will take to the stage at Moses Mabhida’s Peoples Park on Sunday 8 September. Gates open at 11h30 and the winners of East Coast Radio’s ‘Be the Band’ competition, the Kickstands, will welcome the crowds.

They’ll be followed by local lass Toya Delazy and then Zakes Bantwini who originally hails from Durban. He says he sees the event as an opportunity to, “Perform for people I grew up with and who come from places where I’ve walked and from the streets where I use to play as a child.” Mango Groove’s Claire Johnston says historically, quite a few of the band members are also from Durban. She says, “Some of our favourite concerts ever have been in Durban it also has a special place in our heart. It feels like coming home.”

East Coast Radio Durban Day showcases the best in talent from across the country and other acts include Prime Circle, Mi Casa, Lira and Goldfish. Electronic duo Goldfish will be the final act of the day. The band’s Dominic Peters says they’re really looking forward to it, “We love playing in Durban. The crowds are always up for anything and that energy is something we really feed off during our show. An energetic crowd co-creates the experience as much as we do.”

The event is an opportunity for families to enjoy great music in a laidback setting and concert goers can bring along their own picnic baskets with food or by from vendors on the day. No beverages will be allowed, these will be on sale. Other prohibited items include umbrellas and gazebos. Parking will be available at the Mustering Fields opposite the Kings Park swimming pool for R20 per vehicle.

Tickets are available from Computicket for R150 each. Children under the age of 12 enter for free. For more information visit

(Source - East Coast Radio) 

UKZN Standard Bank Jazz Jol

(ILdo Nandja of Afro Latino)
The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music located at the University of KwaZulu-Natal will host the 25th Edition of the very popular Standard Bank Jazz Jol on Saturday, 31 August at 19:00pm with the likes of Cape Town resident Shane Cooper, Kesivan Naidoo, Africa Plus and Mozambican quartet Afro Latino to take the stage.

With the event having become a popular feature on the Durban calendar, this year’s event will feature the recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award 2013, bassist Shane Cooper with the event having featured last year’s Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Afrika Mkhize. Sharing the stage with Shane Cooper will be members of his band which consist of previous Standard Bank Young Artist winner Kevisan Naidoo on the drums, Reza Khota on the guitar and Justin Bellairs on the alto saxophone.

The young and exciting Durban based trio of Africa Plus consist of Prince Bulo on the bass, Sphelelo Mazibuko on the drums and Lungelo Ngcobo on the piano and keyboards. Their musical influence is drawn from rich traditional African elements with the base drawn from Western advanced harmonies. Formally trained at the University of KwaZulu-Natal this vibrant outfit full of rhythmic complexities and melodies that include mainly original music composed by the band are sure to entertain audiences.

The Mozambican quartet of Afro Latino will bring the night to a close and they consist of guitarist and vocalist Milton Chissano who provides the Latin grooves to the group, Ildo Nandja as percussionist and bassist, Alberto Chemane on the percussion and drums and lastly Njabulo Shabalala on the percussion.

Proceeds from the concert go towards the Ronnie Madonsela Scholarship which is a scholarship that assists disadvantaged jazz students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal with general support, financial aid, and bursaries. The scholarship also helps fund the travelling and accommodation costs for educational festivals such as the National Youth Jazz Festival held annually in Grahamstown along with workshops and conferences.

Tickets are R 100 (R 80 for pensioners and R 50 for students) there are early bird discounts of R 80 and group discounts for pensioners at R 75 for groups of ten. To book your tickets you can call Thulile Zama on (031) 260-3385 or e-mail her on, tickets will also be available at the door on the night.

(Source - Standard Bank Jazz Jol and UKZN) 

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Childline KZN Needs Your Help

Childline KZN is in desperate need of your help

(Source - Childline KZN)

It's I Heart Market Time

(Source - I Heart Market) 

Shhh Don't tell Anyone Exclusive Books Pavillion is having a sale

(Source - Exclusive Books) 

Movie Night at The Upstairs - Spiga

Wednesday 28 August | Doors open 18h00 | Movie Starts at 20h00 | Free Entry
#movienight this week has a rock-chick theme and the choice you have to make is between 2 documentaries, Edgeplay - a film about The Runaways, made by one of the Runaways, Vicki Blue;  and Hit So Hard - a film following grunge rock band Hole through their tours in the 90's, focusing on Patty Schemel, Hole's legendary female drummer. Details about weekly movie nights are up on The Upstairs' Facebook page. 

(Source - The Upstairs) 

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Monday, August 26, 2013

BASA Awards - All The Winners

16th Annual Business Day BASA Awards, supported by Anglo American

  • Innovation Award
PPC Ltd for Re-imagine Concrete: Suzaan Heyns Spring/Summer 2012

Suzaan Heyns incorporated concrete into the construction of the garments that formed part of the Reimagine Concrete Collection, unveiled at SA Fashion Week in March 2012. For PPC, this project was a platform to showcase concrete in new light, opposed to traditionally being showcased in the construction environment.

  • First Time Sponsor Award
Bidvest Group Limited for the Opening of the new Wits Art Museum

Bidvest sponsored the event and publicity for the opening of the new Wits Art Museum, enabling WAM to create an event congruent with its standing as a new, important cultural landmark. The high-profile event also immediately helped raise public awareness of Wits Arts Museum – an important new art museum that had been a decade in the making, from initial fund-raising to the final opening.

  • Increasing Access to the Arts Award
Johannesburg Development Agency for the Diepsloot Public Artworks Programme

As part of the Diepsloot public environment upgrade, the JDA appointed The Trinity Session to curate public art for the area - focusing on the entrance to the Muzomuhle Primary School and its surrounds. Workshops saw local artists and learners from Muzomuhle Primary School assist in creating the sculptures using recycled material. For the first time, performance art was included in the design and production and several of the artworks now double up as play equipment for children.

  • International Sponsorship Award
Norges Musikkorpes Forbund (Norwegian Band Federation) for the Field Band Foundation - Bands Crossing Borders
The partnership between the Norges Musikkorpes Forbund and the South African Field Band Foundation was formed to build capacity towards the instruction of music in South Africa. The partnership created opportunities for the Field Band tutors to learn and study music in Norway, thus contributes to the success of music teaching in the organisation. The cultural exchange of music was high on the agenda of the Norwegian Embassy and South Africa.

  • Long Term Partnership Award supported, by Stephan Weltz & CO.
ArcelorMittal South Africa for Southern Guild Collectable Design Gallery

Over the past three years, ArcelorMittal South Africa has stood firmly alongside Southern Guild with a shared vision to support, nurture and propel the local design industry to entirely new levels of originality, maturity and professionalism. Southern Guild and ArcelorMittal South Africa have a symbiotic, and collaborative partnership. This is manifested in Southern Guild, a curated exhibition showcasing the best of South African design.

  • Arts & Environment Award, supported by Nedbank
The uMngeni Municipality for the Nelson Mandela Capture Site

The partnership set out to create a unique heritage and cultural site that would mark the capture of Nelson Mandela in 1962 and boost the Midlands Meander tourist economy. The most visible aspect of the project is the large-scale sculpture by Marco Cianfanelli, which currently attracts up to 700 people a day.

  • Media Sponsorship Award
Ukhozi FM for the Unyaka Wesethembiso Season 2

Unyaka Wesethembiso is a joint venture between Ingede Consortium and Ukhozi FM where creative material is read live on Ukhozi FM allowing listeners thereof to pre-empt the end of the story line using their creative thinking. It is also an initiative reaching out to emerging writers through seminars and workshops on creative writing.

  • Single Strategic Project Award
adidas Originals South Africa for I ART JOBURG

Presented by adidas Originals’, I ART JOBURG was a big wall mural project that took place in the heart of The Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg. Over the last 5-10 years, adidas South Africa has been a consistent supporter of local culture and in particular, street art, through the support of artists and local projects. This commitment and support of the scene, made them a strong partner for I ART SOUTH AFRICA; a concept that aimed to work with local and international artists in enriching South African inner city areas through public artwork for community up-liftment.

  • Small Business Award
Alexander Bar & Café - Alexander Upstairs

Alexander Upstairs is a flourishing microtheatre in central Cape Town made possible by the Alexander Bar & Café downstairs. The microtheatre came about when Alexander Bar & Café owners Edward van Kuik & Nicholas Spagnoletti decided turned 50m² of unused office space, into a microtheatre with black surrounds, 44 raked seats, a tiny dressing room and a control desk area.

  • Sponsorship in Kind Award
Europcar for Clowns Without Borders South Africa

Europcar has provided thousands of miles of smiles to thousands of children and families through its sponsorship of Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA). The sponsorship in kind relationship has been in place since 2006. Transport is one of the largest expenses in CWBSA’s work of bringing the arts to communities in southern Africa. As a result, CWBSA teams drive Europcar vehicles as they address issues such as HIV/AIDS, xenophobia, and gender based violence through their performing arts and arts-based educational workshops.

  • Youth Development Award
Sasol Limited for the South African National Youth Orchestra

Sasol’s commitment to the arts started in 1979 when it became a founding member of the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation. The pioneers of the then volunteer-based organisation taught 65 children under trees at the Hartebeespoort Dam. Sasol realised that it had the ability to make a positive impact by providing much needed infrastructure and organisational skills. With the help of Sasol, SANYOF has supported the development of South Africa’s young musicians for over half a century.

Rand Merchant Bank for the Durban Music School
Rand Merchant Bank has for the past seven years given funding to the Durban Music School. The school embarked on an ambitious project to teach 120 children from the Open Air School, which caters for physically disabled children, how to play a musical instrument. Rand Merchant Bank has covered the costs needed since then. The children perform in concerts at their school and at the Durban Music School.

  • Mentor of the Year, supported by Etana Insurance
Hilton Lawler for Assemblage
Assemblage works to assist artists to be more professional and business-minded in order to succeed and maintain their own careers. Assemblage received marketing and business strategy mentorship from Hilton Lawler in 2012. Hilton Lawler is a highly effective mentor and the organisation benefited hugely from his guidance, advice and input.

  • Diplomacy in the Arts
The Embassy of France for the France-South Africa Seasons
  • Art Champion Award
 Jack Ginsberg
  • Chairman’s Premier Award
Distell Foundation

Business and Arts South Africa is an internationally recognised development agency that incorporates the arts into, and contributes to, corporates’ commercial success. With a suite of integrated programmes, Business and Arts South Africa encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts in order to grow SHARED VALUE.
Business and Arts South Africa was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative of government and the business sector, as a public/private partnership. 

(Source - BASA) 

Article by +Fred Felton 
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

East Coast Radio Durban Day Tickets Selling Out Fast & Will Cindy Pivacic hit 20 000 views?

East Coast Radio Durban Day Tickets Selling Out Fast

Lira - One of the Stars who will perform at East Coast Radio Durban Day

There are just over two weeks until East Coast Radio Durban Day at People’s Park and music fans are snapping up tickets.  Seven of the country’s most established musicians and one up and coming band will take to the stage at the family orientated day out on Sunday 8 September.

East Coast Radio Durban Day is a chance for the whole family to revel in good music in a relaxed setting. In keeping with the relaxed vibe, concert goers will be allowed to bring along their own picnic baskets with food. No beverages will be allowed, these will be on sale. But if the idea of preparing your own food is a hassle there will also be food vendors at the venue. Aside from the on stage entertainment, there will be a secure Kids Zone to keep little ones entertained.
Lira, who forms part of this year’s line-up after a fantastic response at last East Coast Radio Durban Day, is excited about playing to the same kind of audience again this year. She says, “Performing at Durban Day is always a pleasure. It Durban's best cultural mix of audiences and allows my younger fans an opportunity to see me live. I love that! It’s an awesome family outing.”
If you’d like to win tickets to see the likes of Lira, Mi Casa, Prime Circle and Goldfish at East Coast Radio Durban Day stay tuned to the Breakfast Stack on East Coast Radio with Darren Maule every weekday morning from Monday 26 August. Four lucky listeners will be treated to an awesome VIP experience, complete with refreshments in the chilled Funsunzi zone and backstage access with the chance to meet their favourite artists. Other Funsunzi zone tickets will also be up for grabs on-air and online.

If you can’t wait to win, tickets are available from Computicket for R150 each. Children under the age of 12 enter for free. For more information visit

(Source - East Coast Radio) 

Will Cindy Pivacic hit 20 000 views on YouTube?
You may have seen the FNB Ad and the YouTube video.  It's headed for 20 000 views.
Will she get there?

(Source - YouTube) 

Article by +Fred Felton 

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

You are invited to a book launch in Durban

For all the book lovers

RONNIE KASRILS will be speaking at IKE’s Books 48A Florida Road  on Thursday 22 AUGUST 5.30 for 6.00 pm , on his revised memoir ,
Armed and Dangerous : from undercover struggle to freedom (Jacana Publishers 2013 , R250.00)  .
Please rsvp:  phone Cedric of Adams Books on 082 873 2702 or Joanne at Ike’s Books 031 303 9214

(Source - Adams)

Article by +Fred Felton

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Top artists excited about East Coast Radio Durban Day

Seven of South Africa’s biggest names in the music industry are gearing up to rock Durbanites at East Coast Radio Durban Day presented by Durban Tourism on Sunday 8 September at People’s Park. Most artists will be bringing new sounds from their latest albums.

Zakes Bantwini - Pic ECR

Popular solo artist Zakes Bantwini, who is passionate about his hometown Durban, says “Concert goers can expect a sneak peek into how my next album is going to sound as I’ll be playing a couple new tracks which haven’t been performed live before.”

GOLDFISH pic Ross Hillier.jpg
Goldfish - Pic ECR 

 The electronic duo that makes up Goldfish is excited to be back in South Africa after three months touring. The band’s Dominic Peters says, “We've got our brand new album Three Second Memory coming out in October so you'll get a sneak preview. Durban gets to hear it first!”

Mi Casa’s new album, Su Casa, will be released just in time for East Coast Radio Durban Day. The band’s J and Mo-T say the audience can expect, “Brand new music, a whole new show on just a whole new level of energy.” 

Of her performance, singer songwriter Lira says, “Along with all the fan favourites, I am also looking forward to performing my new single called Eduze Kwami.”

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Prime Circle - Pic ECR

Prime Circle’s frontman Ross Learmonth says they’re also extremely excited to be part of this year’s Durban Day, “We will be playing songs from all of the albums from old to new and are going to set the stage on fire. It's going to be a lot of fun!” 

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Mango Groove - Pic ECR

So what can concert goers expect from Mango Groove? “Very much a ‘Greatest Hits’ set with lots of familiar songs, lots of singing along and a big party all round!” is what the acclaimed band’s Claire Johnston says.

Aside from the big names, winners of the station’s Be the Band competition – The Kickstands will also take to the stage. East Coast Radio held the on-air competition to find an opening act from Durban’s large up and coming local talent pool. Be sure not to miss this family friendly musical showcase. Tickets are available from Computicket for R120 until midday on Thursday 15 August, thereafter they will be R150. For more information visit

(Source - East Coast Radio) 

Article by +Fred Felton 

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Help Gordon Reid out in the fight against Childhood Cancer

Just heard that Gordon Reid will be riding the 106km PMB to Durban
Amashova cycle race in a Cow suit to raise money for the fight against
Childhood Cancer.

Tweet him your well wishes @gordsreid

If you would care to donate to this worthy cause
here is a link to the donation page:

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Monday, August 12, 2013

So You Want To Be A Film Actor?

Exclusive Interview with Film Actor, Writer & Producer Damon Shalit

(Left to Right Director Gabriel Bologna and Actor Damon Shalit from African Gothic)

I managed to interview Actor Damon Shalit at the Durban International Film Festival and ask him some questions about Film Acting, Writing and Producing.  Here is what he had to say.

What does an actor do?

An actor serves the text, the actor serves the writer.

Tell us about African Gothic and your part?

In 2005 in LA I was performing in the stage play of 'Diepe Grond' the play on which the movie is based.   It was a long run and well received.  I thought this would make a great movie.  It was a long process to get options.  I made it happen.  We shot the film in Central California.  All actors in central roles are South Africans.

What advice do you have for writing a script?

The play is an incredible blueprint.  Cinema is images.  I asked myself how do I expand this play?
I feel we achieved this.  I had to write characters and bring characters to life.  You have to know what to trim.

Advice for would be actors?

Enjoy the journey.  It's about the journey.  Love the work.  It is such a fickle, unpredictable business.  If you fall in love with the work it does not matter where it leads.

Film or Theatre?

My first love has always been theatre.  Film is a different medium.
Stage from an actor viewpoint.  Film from a creative view.  Film acting is about simplicity and thoughts.  You don't see that in theatre.

What's next for you?

I have a few projects in the works.

How do you keep in shape?

Cross-Fit and Squash

You can find out more about the movie he acts in, African Gothic
on the web:
Find them on Twitter:  @AfricanGothic

Interview and Photo by +Fred Felton

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Breakfast Stack Pumps You Up and Things to Do this Weekend Around Town

Breakfast Stack fills up petrol tanks.

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Porsha Duma is shocked to see someone else fill up her car
(Pic - East Coast Radio) 

East Coast Radio’s Breakfast Stack team decided to treat some motorists to a full tank of fuel in light of rising petrol costs. After last month’s steep increase in fuel, the price shot up a further 32 cents a litre earlier this week.  East Coast Radio’s fuel fairy stepped in to assist ten motorists by filling up their tanks for free.

The Breakfast Stack’s Darren Maule says, “The rising cost of petrol almost seems insurmountable, so when we had an opportunity to spend R5000 on other people’s fuel I jumped at the opportunity.” Fellow presenter Ramona Kasavan donned fairy wings, a wand, a tutu and cash in hand to spread some cheer, “The motorists shared how severely the rising petrol price is affecting their household income. They say they’re considering lift clubs or only having one car as a family. So it was great to be able to help a few people out.”

One listener Amanda Risi says she was in desperate need of petrol and had prayed about petrol and then heard about the ‘fuel fairy’ on-air. She raced to the petrol station, with just R20 in her wallet, and was overjoyed that she received a full tank for free. Maule says, “We give away other big prizes and this could be seen as small, but in actual fact the gratitude at this random act of kindness was amazing, people were just so relieved.”

(Source - East Coast Radio) 

Things to do this Weekend 

Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist
Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 6 – 25 August
Hexagon Theatre, Pmb: 27 - 31 August
Is it a Kangaroo, a Dinosaur or could it be Superman? No it's Andre the Hilarious Hypnotist and a group of volunteers from his audience acting in strange weird and wonderful ways.
Following his sold-out season in 2012 Andre returns to Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 6 – 25 August 2013, and with this he brings more of his dry wit, strange humour and a heap of new routines. Andre has selected some of the best material he could find in order to ensure that his audience is provided with two hours of side-splitting fun, laughter and stress-reducing entertainment.
Andre would like to remind theatre-goers that he will not drag, pull or in any way coheres you to take part in the show. If an evening of good old family fun is all you want Andre will let you enjoy the show without the risk of becoming the star. Andre's show can however assist when it comes to getting rid of your mother-in-law, wife or husband.  A mere snap of the fingers leaves you single……
Tickets for both shows can be purchased at Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or online at Tickets are R90.00 per person. Discount on production of a student card, pensioner's card or under the age of 12: - R65.00 per person.

(Source - Pansa) 

(Source - Mwimbi Fine Art) 

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Are you team #kurt&courtney or team #sid&nancy ? tweet your vote to @UpstairsDurban #movienights

News from Spiga

Movie Night | Wed  7 Aug | Doors open 18h00 | Movie starts 20h00 | Free Entry
Even if hard partying and pharmaceuticals aren’t your cup of tea, it’s impossible to deny how intriguing rock n’ roll couples are.
This Wednesday #movienight at The Upstairs will be about the very famous,tumultuous and destructive love affairs of some of rock's most well known couples. 
Choose to watch Kurt & Courtney (by British documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield) or Who Killed Nancy- a documentary on Sid Vicious & Nancy Spungen (by rock author and punk expert Alan Parker).
Visit the Upstairs #movienights event page to vote or tweet your choice to @UpstairsDurban #kurt&courtney or #sid&nancy  

Red Lips & Studs Womans Day Shindig | Thurs 8 Aug | Party starts from 19h00 | Free Entry if you wear red lips/studs
Celebrating Woman's Day with a more edgy vibe this Thursday - The Upstairs salutes all you Durban beauties, by throwing a party which will be hosted by local blogger Jenna Kelly, from . It's called Red Lips & Studs, check it out here. If you wear red lippy or studs, entrance is mahala! There will be give-aways from Courtney Shaw Skincare & Body Therapy, a professional make-up artist will be onsite from 7 - 9 to assist with some lip-love, a Bianca Kim Clothing pop-up shop for some late-night shopping, Buy 1 Get 1 Free Tanqueray Cocktails between 8 & 10, music by Renaude5…….. PLUS you get to sleep in the next day because it's public holiday!!!! 

For further details please contact

(Source - Spiga Durban) 

Pansa News

Reminder of Invitation to PANSA National AGM

To all members of the performing arts industry and friends.
You are invited to the 2013 National Annual General Meeting to consider the activities of the past year and elect the National Committee for the next year.

Date: Saturday 10 August 2013
Time: 10:00 – 14:00 (9:30 for Tea/Coffee)
Venue: The Apartheid Museum, Northern Parkway & Gold Reef Road, Johannesburg
RSVP: Nolonwabo Base, or 021 448 3513

Only paid up members of PANSA, in good standing, are eligible to stand for election on to the Provincial Committee and to vote in the elections. There will be an opportunity to pay membership fees at the AGM.
We look forward to seeing you there

Call for MUSHO 2014 proposals


The Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) in KZN will host the ninth Musho! International Theatre Festival of one and two person theatre, in Durban from January 2014, celebrating the art of the one and two-performer plays.

'Musho’ - isiZulu for an enthusiastic praise response, something similar to 'Bravo!' - embraces many forms of theatre: from mime to physical theatre, drama to comedy-theatre.  It pays tribute to the smaller works featuring one and two performers.  These are intimate productions that showcase the skill of theatre performance and storytelling, as well as covering a wide range of styles, from drama to comedy and physical theatre.

After extensive research, PANSA realized that a festival early in the year staging more intimate theatrical productions is considered a useful and exciting start to the year by performers and audiences alike.  Musho! benefits the performers as staging their shows and collecting reviews early in the year helps them for future seasons of the production through the year.  The audiences love seeing an array of fabulous theatre early in the year when calendars are quiet and when the festive flurry is over.

The festival is organised by PANSA KZN, the Performing Arts Network of South Africa. If you have a play or theatre piece that will be suitable for our festival feel free to send in your proposal to
All proposals are read by a selection committee of local theatre professionals, and successful applicants will be contacted in October 2013.

Selection criteria for the festival include:

• The work must have one or two persons only performing
• The work should be an innovative and interesting concept
• The work should have potential appeal for local audiences
• The work should be classifiable as theatre (with a discernable narrative)
• The company or individual should have a good track-record and reputation
• The work should not have played in Durban in the past 12 months
• The work should be 50-70 minutes in length

Participants are paid for their participation in the festival.  The amount paid per performance will be confirmed at a later date, and is subject to the funding that PANSA receives.

Contracts will be drawn up between the artists and the festival once selection and confirmation procedures have been concluded, in October 2013.

Proposal guidelines and compulsory information.

1.     Contact person
2.     Contact address ,telephone,number, email
3.     Name of the show
4.     Genre of the show
5.     Appropriate audience and age group
6.     An exciting description of the show.
7.     Technical requirements for the show
8.     Name of performers and directors of the show
9.     Group background and experience.

Good luck and all the best.

(Source - Pansa) 

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