Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Events Around Durban and The Oyster Box Hotel and ECR Toy Story News

Christmas Eve Dinner and Dance
The Oyster Box: Tuesday 24 December
A sophisticated, six-course festive menu, created by Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph, with live music from the Stuart May Band, guarantees memories and mistletoe moments… on this ‘night before Christmas’.
Date:               Tuesday 24 December 
Time:              19h00 - 22h00
Venue:            The Grill Room
Price:              R 1100 per person

Saturday Live with Steve Newman & Sazi Dlamini
Afriportico Lounge @ the Bat Centre: Sat 28 Dec
Concert SA and The Headroom present Saturday Live at Afriportico Lounge at the Bat Centre with Steve Newman featuring Sazi Dlamini on 28 Dec from 8pm.  
An exemplary of instrumental guitar in South Africa, South African music artist Steve Newman is as gentle and understated as a meditating monk, evident in moments of his delicate technique. His rhythmic percussive style mesmerizes one into a journey of vast proportions where almost every emotional texture is visited. 
He is joined by Sazi Dlamini - a leading ethnomusicologist, composer and performer in the South African township style.He has recorded more than fifty original pieces of music employing self-made, indigenous Nguni (bows, drums & flutes) and other African musical instruments, collaborating with many distinguished colleagues.

Date                28 December
Time               8pm
Venue             Afriportico, BAT
Price               R50
Booking          At the door

(Source - Publicity Matters) 

38,000 toys collected during East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game 2013 campaign

(East Coast Radio and Game Team Members) 

Once upon a time, tens of thousands of children in KZN, would’ve faced an unhappy end-of-year holiday season. Children in hospitals, children who have no idea where their next good meal is coming from, children with no parents and no adult supervision. Thanks to the help of the people of KZN, East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game has managed to make a difference.
Some 38,000 toys have been collected since the campaign was launched at the end of October. During this period, east coasters helped raise around R1.3 million which went towards buying food parcels for the underprivileged.
Nearly 40 hours have been spent on road trips as our teams visited hospitals around the province and the Red Cross Air Mercy Service helped deliver toys and food parcels to areas our wheels couldn’t take us. In total, children in 55 hospitals in KZN benefitted from our Toy Story 2013 campaign.
East Coast Radio’s Toy Story with Game wrapped up on Thursday, 18 December 2013 with the Toy Story Cavalcade which took the teams to Addington, King Edward, RK Khan and Prince Mshiyeni Hospitals.
We’d like to convey our heartfelt thanks to each and every person in KZN who helped us help make a difference. You have brought a smile and even hope to thousands of children in our province. Thank you.

(Source - ECR)

I witnessed first hand the joy on each child as they received a toy.  Quite amazing.  I managed to ask ECR DJ Peter G what he thought of Toy Story? 'When you see the joy in the eyes of the child when you deliver the toys it makes it all worth it' said Peter G.

Article by +Fred Felton

We would like to wish you and yours a wonderful time over this festive season and have a successful 2014.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

News for Artists and Musicians, Free Acting Workshops and Big Nuz for Durban

The Bat Centre in Durban is looking for emerging Jazz musicians and bands to feature on their upcoming programmes and events; lined up for every Sunday until March 2014 If you are interested in being part of this movement, you are required to send a Profile of your band to T-Bone Hlahane via email:

As a prelude to the 2014 PANSA MUSHO! Festival, the Dutch performing artist Nick Steur will be presenting two FREE workshops in Durban for interested arts practitioners.  
The workshops focus on finding your passion, researching it, and find the strongest ways of communicating it to an audience.
The workshops will be held on Tuesday 14 January from 10.00 - 12.00, and Thursday 16 January from 10.00 - 12.00. Each workshop will hold only 15 participants, so you must sign up for one of these now!
Selected participants will be asked to do a short assignment before the workshop, and during the workshop there will be activities/assignments and discussions about how to make a stronger presentation.

Please register for the workshop that you would prefer to attend by emailing Radwinn in the PANSA office on by 15 December.
You will then receive a confirmatory email and the assignment early in January.  
This is an amazing opportunity to engage with an inspiring young artist from the Netherlands, who is creating waves with his performance art piece "Freeze" that will feature at the Musho! Festival on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January.  
Nick will be in Durban courtesy of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, through Twist Theatre Development Projects, and the workshop is supported by the Arts and Culture Trust

There are vacancies for senior dancer students between 18-21yrs on the 2014 Dance for All Bridging Programme in 2014
To audition, please contact Dance for All if you have recently matriculated as a dance student, or have formal training in Contemporary Dance or Ballet, are between the age of 18-21, and will not be attending any other academic or dance institution during the day in 2014.
Class times:
- Monday - Thursday: 10h00 - 16h00
- Friday: 10H00 - 13H00
Contact details:
021 697 5509

International Opportunities for Singers
Masterclass and International Scholarship Programme Opportunities for Singers
Applications are invited from prospective participants in Masterclass, to be held in Pretoria in February 2014, conducted by Professor Josef Protschka from the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany.
Once again, in February 2014, Professor Protschka will be offering a Masterclass for South African singers - this time in conjunction with the University of Pretoria. The Masterclass will run from Monday 3 to Saturday 8 February 2014 at the University of Pretoria. Prospective candidates are asked to forward their applications to The application should include a CV and an audio recording (preferably mp3 files). The recording should include the following repertoire: one work each from the Baroque and Classical periods (preferably Mozart), a 19th Century opera aria, a 20th Century opera aria, plus a lied of the candidate's own choice.
Eight candidates will be accepted as active participants. The deadline for submission of application materials is 20 December 2013. Selected candidates are responsible for organising their own travel to and accommodation in Pretoria, but there is no charge for the Masterclass.
One student will be chosen for an academic year’s study with Professor Protschka at the Music College in Cologne. The Apollo Music Trust will cover the expenses of that year of study.
For further information please email Richard Cock at the Apollo Music Trust ( or phone 011 447 9264.

(Source - Pansa) 

Big Nuz coming to Durban 

Fanta did a study and found that teenagers are actually starved of having fun. They are burdened with responsibilities at a young age and in most cases this not out of choice but due to social pressures.  Fanta aims to save play by hosting festivals around the country to encourage teenagers to have fun and participate in different activities.

The Fanta Festival will be coming to Durban on Saturday 21 December where they will have various activity zones for teens and Big Nuz will be performing.

Please find details below:
Time: 11am-4pm
Venue:  Umlazi Comtech, Durban 

Article by +Fred Felton 

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Gift Idea's For The Festive Season

So it's that time of year and I can imagine you running around the malls with your aluminium baseball bat trying to fight off people for that last special gift for someone.

Fear not, we have you covered.

A great gift idea is the new book 'Colour Me In' by Andrew Verster and Rick Andrew.
It is a colouring-in book for adults.  Children can also try their hand at it.

The book features sketches by famous artist Andrew Verster.
Each book has been signed by Andrew Verster.

There are limited copies left for sale but you can still pick some up either at
Artisan Gallery, 344 Florida Road.  Cell: 083-301-5747

There are also some copies available from Pieter Scholtz.
You can order from him on 031-368-2022

(Source - Grapefruit Press)

101 Tips For Twitter by Fred Felton

This book is now available in pocketbook format.  Perfect for the beach, the berg or the train.
Features insight from Mike Stopforth, Dede Watson, Ted Rubin, Mike Saunders and many more.

You can order direct from Fred: 

Media Enquiries:  076-977-5788 

(Source - Falconscove) 

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Things to Do tonight from Art Shows to Comedy with Glen Bo

'Drawn to Africa' in support of Project Rhino KZN will be opened by Sheelagh Antrobus
Opening: 18h30 on 12 December 2013 at Imbizo Gallery in Lifestyle Centre, Ballito.

For more details call 032-946-1937
Walkabout on Sunday 15 December @ 12h00
Vincent Reid is a pencil artist with a passion for Africa and with this extremely direct medium he succeeds to encapsulates the essence of the african outdoors.  His Solo exhibition entitled 'Drawn to Africa" at Imbizo Gallery in Ballito will be opened by Sheelagh Antrobus, who is in charge of project Rhino KZN PR.  Part of the sales will be donated to Project Rhino KZN.  For further information on Vincent's Art and Project Rhino KZN please visit and

(Source - Imbizo Art Gallery) 

Join Comedian Glen Bo and Friends at the Hilton Hotel tonight.  Bring a toy with for kids.  They will be collecting for Addington's Children Ward.

(Source - DSOC) 

Criss Cross Christmas
The Zone, Suncoast Casino:7 – 24 December
This festive season join the energetic trio performing in an original, delightful merry tale, Criss Cross Christmas at The Zone, Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World from 7 – 24 December. 
Renowned actress, Clare Mortimer has penned this charming play especially for the young ones which promises to be full of laughter, song, and dance and enthusiastic children even get to be a part of the play with audience participation. Joining Mortimer on stage for this comic Christmas story is much loved children’s theatre actors Bryan Hiles (Peter Pan, Cinderella, Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin) as Holly.
Date                7 – 24 December
Time               Daily at 11am
Venue             The Zone, Suncoast
Price               R60
Booking          Computicket, at the door or contact Ailsa on 083 250 2690

Sophiatown comes to Durban this festive season

If you're into tapping your feet and singing along with the actors during a lively musical, then Khwela Bafana is tailor-made for you.
KwaZulu-Natal's premier theatre hub, The Playhouse Company, is all set to delight audiences this festive season with this highly acclaimed musical, following sell-out seasons at the Victory and Market Theatres in Johannesburg.
Khwela Bafana celebrates the spirit that epitomised Sophiatown in the 1950s, the resilience and determination of its people and their ultimate triumph over adversity. The iconic music of the time, including unforgettable compositions by the great Todd Matshikiza, is recreated under the skilled direction of Sama Award-winning jazz pianist Themba Mkhize and features, among others, the celebrated Bra 'B' Ngwenya – a member of the original cast of the legendary musical King Kong.
Khwela Bafana runs at the Playhouse Loft Theatre from Thursday 12 December (preview) until Sunday 22 December. Performances commence at 19h00 and include matinees on Sundays at 14h30. Tickets are R60 for the preview and R80 for subsequent performances.
Bookings through Computicket or at Shoprite Checkers money market counters and at the Playhouse box office.
For information on block bookings contact 031 369 9456 /

(Source - Publicity Matters) 

Article by +Fred Felton 

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Book Launch Tonight and loads of events coming up for Durban

Book Launch at Adams Musgrave Centre Tonight 11/12/13 at 5h30pm for 6pm

The launch of 'Bull by the Horns' by Tod Collins.  Come by and meet Tod Collins the Underberg Vet who writes some amazing short stories.  He is also the author of 'Till the Cows Come Home.'

To RSVP Call Beverly on 086-134-1341 or email

(Source - Adams Bookshop)

(Source - uShaka) 

uMhlanga Liberty Summer Trail Run / Walk
uMmhlanga Millennium Stage. Start at 6am 15 Dec:
For the first time, the event will cater for three events 5km and 12km run and walk and an 18km trail run.
Liberty as the main sponsor of the trail run
Entries are now open on the ROAG website:
For more information you can contact
Entrance fee is R40 for the 5km run and walk, R80 for the 12km Run and Walk and R100 for the 18km run.  Late entries will be accepted on the day. 

Umhlanga get ready to party 
Chartwell Drive Street Party
Chartwell Drive: 21 Dec
From 6pm until midnight
Chartwell Drive will be closed to traffic
FREE family-friendly street party to take place.
Entertainers – fire jugglers, mascots and clowns
Stalls selling festive fare; gift ideas; plenty of al-fresco meal options and live music.
Sponsored by Castle Lite

KZNSA Gallery: Now on
Buzzart offers a one-stop shop for all festive shopping – including stocking-fillers and greeting cards. The Gallery will be stocked with art, craft, decor items, garments, jewellery, Christmas tree decorations, recycled art, ceramics, mosaics and accessories. Of particular mention is the KZN Association of Ceramic Artists who has contributed a range of items made by their members. There will also be a selection of paintings reinterpreting the works of iconic South African artist, Pierneef.  
The idea is to spend time leisurely browsing for all your Christmas presents – with gift ideas suitable for tots to grannies; work colleagues and loved ones. If one needs to pause for inspiration and sustenance, the KZNSA Gallery Cafe will be open! The idea is for Glenwood to be the place for festive fare – with Buzzart complementing the Glenwood Market in Bulwer Park – allowing for two Sunday morning festive shopping options – without having to move your car! 
Date                now on            / Tuesday to Sunday
Venue             KZNSA Gallery
Info                 031 277 1705
Address          166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban

(Source - Publicity Matters)  

Hirsch’s Umhlanga will be hosting carols by candle light on the 12th of December from 17:30 to 20:00, bring the family and kids along.  There will be entertainment for the entire family.
BIG prizes to be won, 40 inch SAMSUNG LED TV and a 57cm WEBBER BRAAI by just attending, Christmas has come early, all you need to do is attend this evening to stand a chance to win.
All our BIG Brands will be in store cooking and AMAZING ONE NIGHT ONLY specials available.
RSVP to Warren on 0845130911 or

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Durban to host largest South African Junior Chess Championships 2013 & Events Around Durban

Durban is to host the South African Junior Chess Championships for the first time in 11 years of the tournament’s history. Speaking at the media launch held earlier this week at host venue the ICC, Convenor Logan Reddy highlighted many milestone achievements for Durban. “This is the largest indoor sport event that has ever been held in Durban. All 2100 players will be playing at the same time. With support from the eThekwini Municipality and the Department of Sports and Recreation, the SAJCC 2013 will significantly contribute to economic growth and develops children by fostering non-racialism and non-sexism”.

Speaker of the Council, Logie Naidoo with some of the chess superstars. 

Representing the Municipality, Speaker of the Council, Logie Naidoo wished all players well and thanked them for their participation. Councillor Naidoo also praised the logo which he said, “captures the spirit of Durban. The King piece in the logo looks very much like the Umhlanga lighthouse.”
The event is expected to provide an economic boost of between R35 – 45 million for the City of Durban. Speaking at the event, Head of Durban Tourism Phillip Sithole said that, “we cannot sustain tourism if there is no multiculturalism.” He commended the SAJCC Local Organising Committee for presenting an event which shows dedicated investment in young people and also noted the role of event organisers in bringing events of this calibre to Durban.
The SAJCC will host players from 220 teams and 125 participating children from nine KZN rural areas.
The tournament will run from 15-21 December 2013 and the Gala Dinner is set for 14 December 2013. Minister for Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula is expected to attend.

For further information, please contact:
Adila Vahed
Adivah in Africa Event Management

074 588 98 53

(Source - SAJCC)

Events Around Durban

Catch Maxwell at the Wavehouse, Gateway 9 December.

You are invited to a book launch at St Clements, Monday 9 December 5h30pm for 6pm.
RSVP 031-202-2511  

(Source - Mondays At St Clements) 

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Theatre Review - Jack And The Beanstalk

A Breath Of Fresh Air

(Image courtesy of KickstArt Productions)

Show: Jack And The Beanstalk
Written and Directed by Steven Stead
Designed by Greg King
Cast: Shelley Mclean, Liesl Coppin, Rory Booth, Nathan Kruger, Darren King, Jessica Sole, Peter Court, Bryan Hiles, Lyle Buxton
Venue: Sneddon Theatre

This is another KickstArt Production and it shows.  All KickstArt Shows have a high level of professionalism about them and this show is full of professionals.  Packed full of the best talent that Durban has to offer.  You are seeing the best of the best.  If you don't know the tale by now this is the story of Jack (Rory Booth) who sells his family cow to two scoundrels Claude and Cecil (Scene-stealers both Peter Court and Bryan Hiles) in return for some magic beans.  The beans land up in the field and so grows a huge beanstalk which leads to the realm of the Giant (Lyle Buxton) who reminds me of someone.  Anyway there is a hen that lays magic eggs and a harp made of gold.
Prepare yourself for a wonderful pantomine, there is great interaction with the audience.  Look out for Lady Perfidia Beastly (Liesl Coppin) and Rory Booth.  Darren King is superb as Jack's Mom, loved the outfits.  Shelley Mclean is wonderful as the good fairy.

Look out for some animated sets it almost feels like you are in a comic book.  There is much work backstage as well and the crew is to be commended.

There is lots of audience interaction and some superb singing and dancing.  This show received a standing ovation at the performance I was at and you can see why.

The perfect outing for the family at this time of year.

Rating 10/10
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Need to get around Durban? Try Uber

What is Uber?

Well Uber is a great new fast and reliable transport option for you in Durban.
Available all over the world and now also in South Africa.

It all works with an app.  You download it for your device and request a driver.
You can also track where they are on a map while you wait.
Pick up time is very fast and they are striving to make it even faster.

They have a whole range of vehicles to choose from to fit your budget.

Check them out here -
You can also find them on Twitter
Find their App in your App Store, just search for Uber

The good folk at Uber have given Umhlanga Life Readers a nice special.
All you have to do is use the promo code UMHLife and you get 
R150 off your first 2 trips if you are a new Uber user.

How cool is that!

So check them out.  A great option for you during this festive season with all the parties you will be going to.

Article by +Fred Felton
Images courtesy of Uber

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