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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

News on the Dynamic Wealth Conference and News on the Durban Filmmakers Guild



Booking Now Open For The Dynamic Wealth Conference in Cape Town / Durban / Sandton

















Click the picture for more details and bookings.

Something new for Durban, The Durban Filmmakers Guild



Durban is probably the closest city to Los Angeles in weather, light intensity and locations. yet we lag behind the rest of SA in film production.Our talent has to migrate to excel. Film redefine a city and its culture. There is a need an organization that will develop, protect and promote the interests of Durban filmmakers. 

Indie film producer and journalist, Massod Boomgaard says, "It is important that an organization is formed to trigger growth within our fledgling industry. Such an organization will see our talented film makers coming together, working together and supporting each other as we work towards the common goal of fulfilling the true potential of Durban as a film city.

Eubulus Timothy who is the Vice chair of the Writers Guild Of South Africa and the Founding chairperson of the Cape Film Commission believes that it is not too late to start in Durban. “We have the passion, creativity and locations to make Durban a great film city. We need the City and Province to support the industry in every way possible so that we can nurture a new and exciting film culture.
 
Former Deputy Mayor and Speaker of Ethekwini Municipality says, "Durban filmmakers need support to access funding, create distribution networks and help in promoting their products.”

Renowned producer director Junaid Ahmed said, “An organization like the Durban Filmmakers Guild can serve to unite filmmakers to speak with one voice on issues that impact on their art form. The Guild will also develop and enhance the profile and interests of all filmmakers in the city."


The Durban of Chamber Commerce and Industry will launch the Durban Filmmakers Guild on May 5, 2014 at 5:30, hosted by Ethekwini Municipality.

All filmmakers interested in attending this event please contact:
Jane Pillay – Manager: Corporate Liaison and Events
+27 335 1016  +27 335 1000 / 083 359 1700 | pillayj@durbanchamber.co.za 




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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ster-Kinekor Makes Waves In Durban



Soldierboy vs. Du Plessis to headline EFC AFRICA 33




Yesterday I attended the launch of the partnership between EFC Africa and Ster-Kinekor.
For the first time viewers will be able to watch EFC Africa live in Ster-Kinekor in HD. 

Ster-Kinekor and EFC AFRICA’s explosive broadcast partnership shifted into high gear with an exclusive event hosted at Ster-Kinekor’s luxurious Cine Prestige cinema at Gateway in Durban.

Guests were treated to an in-depth demonstration of the next evolution in cinema sports broadcasting, and the announcement that Durban’s own Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan will headline Durban’s first EFC AFRICA event, scheduled for 30 August.

McLellan made an appearance in person and announced that he will be defending his middleweight belt against Pretoria’s Dricus ‘Stillnox’ du Plessis. McLellan was steaming at remarks Du Plessis made on social media yesterday, openly daring the champion to fight him.

McLellan knows quite a few martial arts and trains anywhere between 3 - 7 hours a day.  He also adds running and swimming to his workout regime. 

Bradley Knowles, Ster-Kinekor’s General Manager: Marketing, took assembled guests through an in-depth demonstration detailing the cutting-edge, HD digital technology that Ster-Kinekor has installed in its cinemas throughout South Africa.

“Our aim is to immerse the viewer in the full EFC AFRICA experience,” said Knowles. “With our state of the art, live HD setup, we are able to give our viewers a ringside viewing experience that places them right in the Hexagon action. Our investment in the technology, together with the surround sound and mood lighting, ensure that cinema audiences enjoy a larger-than-life, front row seat on our big screens.

“Following on the success of our first live broadcast of EFC AFRICA 28 into just four of our cinemas, we have extended this number to twelve cinemas for the next event on 01 May. EFC fans around the country now have the opportunity to watch their favourite athletes at cinemas in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Bloemfontein and Cape Town,” commented Knowles.

Ster-Kinekor’s sports viewing evolution has been made possible due to the recent digital conversion in each of its cinemas. Substantial investment in the highest quality, live satellite broadcast equipment and a continuously tested and monitored signal ensures a stable live broadcast of all the fight action, in crystal clear high definition.

After the in-cinema demonstration, guests were treated to an open workout by Durban’s rising star Peter Nyide. He will be facing Johannesburg fan favourite, Gareth Buirski, at the top of the prelim card at EFC AFRICA 29, next Thursday night. Durban fans will be able to catch Nyide’s bout, as well as fellow Durbanites Tyson Chelin and Saxon Delafield, live and larger than life on the big screen at the Ster-Kinekor Gateway cinema complex.

"Our partnership with Ster-Kinekor is incredibly exciting,” said EFC AFRICA president Cairo Howarth. "That we’re now reaching fans in places we’ve never been seen before, such as Soweto and Bloemfontein, with such a high quality, big screen experience, is a huge plus. Ster-Kinekor is leading the way with HD broadcast technology, and we're looking forward to new additions to our partnership, coming soon." 

The following Ster-Kinekor HD cinemas will be online across South Africa for
EFC AFRICA 29 on Thursday, May 01:

• Ster-Kinekor Fourways (Johannesburg)
• Ster-Kinekor East Rand Mall (Johannesburg)
• Ster-Kinekor The Zone (Johannesburg) 
• Ster-Kinekor Greenstone (Johannesburg) 
• Ster-Kinekor Cradlestone (Johannesburg)
• Ster-Kinekor Maponya (Johannesburg)
• Ster-Kinekor Brooklyn (Pretoria)
• Ster-Kinekor Gateway (Durban)
• Ster-Kinekor Cavendish (Cape Town) 
• Ster-Kinekor Cape Gate (Cape Town)
• Ster-Kinekor Tyger Valley (Cape Town)
• Ster-Kinekor Mimosa (Bloemfontein)

Bookings for EFC AFRICA 29 at the twelve select Ster-Kinekor cinemas countrywide, are now open. Tickets cost R120.00 and audiences are treated to all eleven scheduled fights as they are broadcast ‘live’ in HD on the big screen. Ster-Kinekor SK Club, Discovery Vitality and Edgars Club movie card benefits and discounts will apply.

Avoid the queues by booking online at www.sterkinekor.com, by calling Ticketline on 082 16789 or book at the box office.  You can also secure your seats by downloading the Ster-Kinekor App on your Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone and Blackberry smart phone, to book from your mobile. To find out what other exciting promotions Ster-Kinekor has on offer, follow @sterkinekor on Twitter or Facebook at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

EFC AFRICA 29, presented by BetXchange.com, takes place on Thursday, 01 May 2014 at the Carnival City Big Top Arena, Johannesburg. Tickets are on sale now at www.computicket.com. Book your cinema ticket at www.sterkinekor.com. Watch the entire event live, from anywhere on the globe, via online streaming at www.efcafrica.tv.


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tips from Darren Maule on how to prepare for the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk




We received some tips today from Darren Maule on how to prepare for the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk.

They sound legit.



1.  Don't enter the Big Walk if you don't know how to walk!  If you are not sure about this - get up off your chair, move one foot in front of the other and if your body follows - you are walking! Congratulations! NOW you can enter the Big Walk.

2.  If you are a relatively new Big Walker, perhaps consider putting on two pairs of socks.  They will rub on each other and not on your uninitiated footsies.

Um, I think we will rather share with you some expert advice:


  • Talk to your doctor before starting a new fitness programme
  • Plan and track your training programme
  • Make sure you add stretching to your training routine
  • Make sure you get the right gear!  Invest in quality footwear for training and the walk, make sure they fit well.  Wear them in before the big day to avoid blisters.  
More tips and advice on www.ecr.co.za and www.discovery.co.za 

The Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk is on 18 May 2014.
Enter online at www.ecr.co.za or at selected Totalsports outlets. 



Indaba Networking Golf Day


9 May 2014 at 9am
DCC Beachwood Golf Course 
For more info www.indabagolfday.co.za 
Email Melissa - melissa@indabagolfday.co.za


A Handful of Keys is sheer good fun


Keith Millar: WOW! Now that’s entertainment!
Ian von Memerty and Roelof Colyn are simply superb in A Handful of Keys currently on at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.              
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, with over 1,180 performances and having been seen by more than 375,000 people A Handful of Keys is one of the most popular, and enduring, South African musical productions of all time.
There are tributes to lady singer/pianists such as Norah Jones, Alicia Keys and Nina Simone, and men such as Fats Domino, Fats Waller and Billy Joel. South African music is not ignored with a wonderful parody performance of The Click Song, Pata Pata and Mama Tembu’s wedding. An extraordinary item in the programme is The History of Broadway Musical where no less than 143 segments of Broadway musical songs are played and sung in 12 minutes. A virtuoso piano performance.
A Handful of Keys runs until April 27 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre with shows from Tuesday to Saturday at 20h00 and with extra shows on Saturday and Sunday at 15h00. Tickets R150 booked through Computicket.


YOUNG PERFORMERS PROJECT
AUDITION NOTICE
Directed by Themi Venturas, the 13th annual PANSA Rainbow Young Performers Production for 2014 is Footloose – which re-unites Daisy Spencer (Choreographer) and Des Govender (Vocal Coach) the team that brought us Hairspray and Legally Blonde.
Auditions will take place on 26 April 2014
at Durban High School from 09h00 – 17h00.
FOR HIGH SCHOOL LEARNERS ONLY
We are looking for 30 talented young performers from KZN -
Footloose has approximately 13 parts for males and 14 parts for females.
We will also be seeking musicians to make up the ‘live’ band.
Applicants must be in able to sing, dance and act
Applicants must be available for rehearsal every weekend from
16 May – 22 June 2014
Previews and Performances are from 28 June to 13 July 2014.
Applicants must be available for the whole audition to qualify
Applicants must wear comfortable clothing / gym gear and appropriate footwear
Applicants are to bring their own refreshments – water / juice and lunch
Applicants must be prepared to wait between calls

For further enquiries please call
PANSA KwaZulu Natal Regional Coordinator: Nelisa Mzimela
                                     PANSA office Telephone: 031 2014750 or email: kzn@pansa.org.za



This Edition by +Fred Felton  












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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Your Handy Calendar of Events for Pop-Up's and Entertainment Galore at The Oyster Box



POP-UP’s & ENTERTAINMENT GALORE AT THE OYSTER BOX



The Oyster Box’s latest Calendar of Events is a cornucopia of live entertainment, food and wine happenings and special celebratory events.  From May to August, Durban’s leading five-star hotel is where it’s all happening!

A series of Pop-up Events will be held in the Hotel Lobby over the next few months. 
·         On 9 May, join Grill Room MaĆ®tre‘d, Hendry Pakiri as he demonstrates his skill as a master Crepe maker, when he presents a Pop-up Pancake making session. 
·         Pick up a few new garnishing tips and tricks from the hotel’s Head Chef, Luke Nair, with a Pop-up Garnish on Friday 27 June.
·         Be part of the behind-the scenes action, on Wednesday 9 July, with Executive Sous Pastry Chef Joanita Venter as  she prepares  items for the High Tea table at a Pop-up Pastry demonstration.
·         The Oyster Box is renowned for its extensive cocktail menu and its award-winning barmen.  Join our talented team of mixologists at a Pop-up Cocktail demo on Friday 29 August.

All Pop-up Events are open to the public and take place in the Hotel Lobby from 14:00-17:00. 

On Mother’s Day, Sunday 11 May, our traditional High Tea in the Palm Court, will  be vintage themed.  Enjoy the decadent spread, a gift with our compliments and our resident pianist tinkling the ivories.  

Also in May, from Monday to Thursday, book traditional High Tea for four people and only pay for three.  Bring along your friends to share the occasion.

Following a successful dinner theatre appearance in December, Cat Simoni returns to The Oyster Box on 29 May, with a tribute to Barbra Streisand.  Cat has performed at almost every one of London's fivestar hotels and her extensive repertoire extends from the great West End and Broadway shows, to the works of the great songwriters Porter, Rogers, Gershwin and Kern and  Pop megahits from the 50’s to the present time. The evening includes a three-course plated menu and the show at R350 per person.
                                                                                                                       
Dad’s rule at The Oyster Box on Father’s Day Sunday 15 June! So make it a family affair and extra special for all the men in our lives, with an outing to the Ocean Terrace Restaurant for a delicious three-course lunch at R490 per person, including a plated starter and dessert and a buffet main course.

Durban’s Bunny Chow has put KwaZulu-Natal on the culinary map and is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. In June the Ocean Terrace Restaurant will be offering a selection of three ‘Bunny’s’ to tantalise your taste buds.

Don’t miss the opportunity to sample a selection of Bouchard Finlayson wines with Oyster Box Sommelier, Juliet Urquhart on Saturday 21 June.  The Mini Wine Tutorial and Tasting will take place in the hotel lobby from 18:00 -19:00.

Legendary South African comedian and high profile corporate speaker, Kevin Perkins, headlines the first Curry & Comedy event for 2014. With his infectious passion for life, Kevin has wowed audiences around the world for 13 years. Adaptable comedic form, razor sharp wit and astute observation have made him a crowd favourite with young and old alike.
The evening includes a starter platter of Indian snacks, the incredible Curry Buffet, Bea’s Cheesecake and the show.  Cost is R350 per person.

One of the most exciting events taking place at The Oyster Box in July is our KwaZulu-Natal Food Heroes Dinner in the Pearl Room on Wednesday 23 July.  KwaZulu-Natal is a treasure chest of amazing produce.  Join our culinary team for a journey of discovery of the province’s best ingredients and produce. Cost is R475 per person.

The Women’s Day High Tea on Saturday 9 August, takes on a French twist, with An Afternoon In Paris.  Sit back and enjoy the legendary High Tea, as models glide through the tables dressed by top Durban designers.  Cost is R250 per person.

Sommelier, Juliet Urquhart hosts a Winter Food and Wine Pairing Dinner in The Grill Room on Thursday 21 August. The three-course dinner will be paired with a selection of wines from one of South Africa’s top wine estates.  Cost is R450 per person.

For more information about any of the events and activities at The Oyster Box
Contact the following:
-          Restaurant and High Tea reservations
Tel: +27 (0) 31 514 5018 • Email: restaurants@oysterbox.co.za
-          Spa reservations
Tel: +27 (0) 31 514 5072 • Email: spa@oysterbox.co.za
-          Accommodation reservations
Tel: +27 (0) 31 514 5000 • Email: info@oysterbox.co.za
The Red Carnation Hotels Collection                                         www.redcarnationhotels.com

The Oyster Box - is one of Africa’s most distinguished hotels.  With an abundance of colonial charm, it stands majestically on Umhlanga’s prestigious beachfront, with lush landscaped gardens and direct beach access. The hotel is conveniently situated in relation to the Natal Midlands and the Drakensberg Mountains, as well as game parks and historic battlefields.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Arty Events For Durban and A Competition for Artists



KZNSA Opening For Their 'After 20 Years, 20 Artists' Exhibit


22 April at 6pm at KZNSA, Bulwer Road, Durban

Artists Include Andrew Nair, Nanda Soobben, Umcebo Design and many others.


Artisan Gallery Exhibit Opens 23 April at 6pm for 6h30pm.


Artisan Gallery, 344 Florida Road.  Email: info@artisan.co.za


Competition For Artists 

Andrew Verster and the Grapefruit Press recently produced a colouring-in book for adults. This was a limited edition which sold out rapidly. Now A3 copies of 10 of the drawings (10 copies of each) have been produced for a colouring-in competition.

It costs R50 per entry and the entry forms and copies are available at Artisan Gallery. The entry includes an invitation to the opening and a chance to have  your artwork exhibited at the opening and to win prizes,including an original Andrew Verster drawing.

Any medium is acceptable, subject to a few conditions, and entries must be delivered to the gallery on/before Saturday 17 May 2014.

A PORTION OF THE PROFIT FROM THIS EVENT WILL BE USED BY ARTISAN GALLERY TO ASSIST ARTISTS IN NEED

Artisan Gallery is at 344 Florida Road, Durban.  


This Edition by +Fred Felton 


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Plenty To Do This Long Weekend Around Durban


There are many events around Durban this Long Weekend to keep you busy.

Here are just some of them:

Fairytale Rocks
iZulu Theatre, Sibaya: 17 – 21 April
Prepare to discover a rocking fairy tale this Easter weekend where every prince will find his princess in the brand new production, Fairytale Rocks, at iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino from 17 – 21 April, an extravaganza show which is suitable for the whole family.
Join Alistar, our hero, and his friend Farryl as they set out on a journey, where audiences join in and help Alistar find his princess, the beautiful Ariana. Along the way, we hit the high notes from all of Disney and Pixar’s song classics; Aladdin, The Lion King, Cinderella, Toy Story, Mulan, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, and of course Shrek and the recent release, Frozen.
The fairy tale hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and much more. The irresistible line-up of performers, including power house singers, funky dancers and the live band, are featured in this rocking fairy tale fit for the entire family. Featuring dynamic storytelling, award winning music, stunning costumes and glittering special effects, audiences will be captivated by the humour, fun and adventure of this spellbinding story. Dream with our princess, cheer for the heroes, and marvel as this story is brought to life in a theatrical experience that’s pure magic.
Presented in association with East Coast Radio, Fairytale Rocks kicks off its national tour in Durban at the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment World from 17 – 19 April. For more info like the Facebook page Fairytale Rocks or visit www.frogproductions.co.za. Booking is through Computicket or phone on 0861 915 8000 or book online at www.computicket.com. Seating is reserved.

uMhlanga Easter Festival
uMhlanga: 18 – 21 April 2014
This fun-filled festival will be providing interesting day and evening activities for visitors to the North Coast resort catering for both young and old – hosted by uMhlanga Tourism under the chairmanship of Peter Rose, in association with eThekwini Municipality, and produced by Firstline Promotions.
The uMhlanga beaches will have daily activations happening from 18-21 April on the Main Beach. Daily activities will have beachgoers basking in the summer sun whilst families will be entertained with a variety of fun and games on the stage and beach, daily from 10am until 2pm with talent competitions, kiddies sing-alongs and games. These activities will be taking place on uMhlanga Main Beach and on the Millennium Beach Stage. The Beach Activations will be co-ordinated and MC’d by Kevin Ellis well known Durban personality.
It’s time to hit the ground running this Easter! After the hugely successful uMhlanga Liberty Summer Festival Trail Run we welcome back the highly anticipated uMhlanga Easter Festival 5km / 10km / 16km Trail Run and Walk which takes place on Sunday 20 April at 6am, as part of the 2014 uMhlanga Easter Festival. Entries are now open on the ROAG website. A reminder that this event caters for all levels of fitness as we host  three races, the 5km and 10km run and walk and an 16km trail run. To enter go to www.roag.co.za or for more information you can contact buzzhilde@vodamail.co.za . The start and finish for the race will be at the Millennium Stage.



Rawson Family Day Picnic - Park on the corner of Lighthouse Road and Lagoon Drive, U.Rocks.
21 April 2014.

A Handful of Keys 20th Anniversary Tour
Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: ‘til 27 April
One of the most successful shows in the history of South African showbiz: A Handful of Keys with Ian von Memerty and Roelof Colyn, returns to Durban for a run at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on UKZN campus to celebrate 20 remarkable years over the Easter holidays from 2 – 27 April.
Ian von Memerty and Roelof Colyn have often paired up together in A Handful of Keys. Von Memerty is probably best known for being a judge on SA’s Got Talent. When not in Handful, Colyn is a band leader/ accompanist/ arranger/ composer/ musical director/ conductor in and for a myriad shows.
Featuring a firecracker script and two grand pianos played with unparalleled virtuosity, A Handful of Keys entertains with music and songs from Elton John, Richard Clayderman, Nora Jones, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Liberace through to Bach, Debussy, Chopin and many more! All the old favourites are still there – The History of the Broadway Musical (100 years in 16 minutes), the great SA Medley, and the Rock ‘n Roll finale. With new jokes and new costumes (they wore the old ones out!) A Handful of Keys is a sparkling as ever!
Booking for A Handful of Keys is through Computicket. For sold houses and block bookings contact Ailsa Windsor on 083 250 2690.   Shows are Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.


uShaka Easter & Birthday Events!
uShaka: April / May
8-17 April: Price Rewind! We’re going retro and rewinding our prices back to 2004 times! Between the 8th and the 17th April, a day of splashingly good fun at Sea World and Wet ’n Wild will cost just R80!
12 – 21 April: Find the Hidden Bunnies Get down to uShaka Marine World’s Village Walk and find the 3 hidden bunnies and stand the chance to win an Xbox 360. Only at the Village Walk this April.
April 19 & 20  - Easter Egg Hunt The Easter Bunny will be hopping, bopping and stowing away chocolate treasures at uShaka Marine World as part of the Beacon’s Africa’s largest Easter egg hunt, which is going to be even more fun and exciting this year with treasure hunts seeking over 100 000 Beacon eggs. 
25 April – 4 May: Ten days of bumper Birthday Gifts - 10 days of giveaways made up of travel prizes, platinum passes, restaurant meals at Cargo Hold, park entrance tickets and meals for you and 10 of your friends, and so much more. Watch this space to see how you can enter.
26, 27, 28 April: Birthday Parade! The famous uShaka parade featuring the uShaka band, dancers, mascots and entertainers will be making a splash along the beachfront promenade at the end of April. Winding their way from Suncoast Casino to uShaka Marine World, they’ll spread a carnival vibe and invite fun and sun lovers back to continue having fun in the sun at uShaka Marine World.
May 1 to 4: Official uShaka Birthday Party Funival Weekend - Don’t miss the 10th birthday bash of the decade. uShaka Marine World will be celebrating up a storm. Three big national acts will be cranking up the excitement 10 fold when they perform at Wet ‘n Wild which will be open from Saturday, May 3 from 10am – 10pm and will feature LCNVL and Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels. Then on Sunday, May 4 from 10am – 6pm catch Mi Casa. During the Village Walk Funival week-end from May 1st – 4th, our talented entertainers will be ramping up the excitement and colour with parades, performances, presents and more!
For more information and costs contact uShaka Marine World on 031-3288000, visit www.ushakamarineworld.co.za  or go to the facebook site https://www.facebook.com/uShakaFanPage


UpMarket Umhlanga - 20 April 10am - 3pm
Umhlanga Centre, 185 Ridge Road.


This Edition by +Fred Felton 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Find out how to win tickets to the premier of The Amazing Spiderman 2 at Gateway and Find out all about Trending Tonight


WANT TICKETS TO GO WATCH THE PREMIER OF THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2.

Simply send us a picture of you in your spider man outfit or any super hero outfit, you will also require to use this costume on the night of the Premier, 24 April 2014 at Gateway.

By attending the Premier you will also stand a chance to take home a Sony LED TV worth R10 000....

Enter now by sending your picture to warren@sony-centre.co.za


Meet the guys who are Trending Tonight on East Coast Radio



Sirshin Moodliar presents 'Trending Tonight' from Monday to Thursday while award-winning producer, Jason McCall, helps put together the 9pm to midnight show.

'I still get nervous before every show.  If you don't have that feeling then you're not passionate about what you doing!' says Sirshin.

Sirshin and Jason draw on what people are tweeting, blogging, talking, Facebook-ing and YouTube-ing about on the day.  The guys chat about everything. They also have guest experts in-studio to help them out from time to time.

'It's challenging and above all rewarding,' says Producer Jason McCall.

You can catch the show at 9pm from Monday to Thursday on East Coast Radio.


This Edition by +Fred Felton


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More about the Converse Photo Clash, Free Photography Workshop and A Book Launch



SNEAKERS CLASH CONTINUES WITH PHOTO CLASH

                                         
                                    (Bruce Mackay)

Sneakers Clash erupted with an explosion of colour when dull walls were brought to life across Europe, the Middle East and Africa with Clash Wall. Today Converse would like to announce the second instalment of this colourful collaboration between artists and their loyal fans with Photo Clash!

Spain, Germany and Poland have already embraced the activation and today it’s South Africa’s turn. Illustrators Ninja Bread Boy and Bruce Mackay will be taking to Twitter searching for images to clash. Converse fans will be able to participate and have their photos reworked into unique pieces of artwork when tweeting @Converse_Africa with the tag #clashmyphoto.

The clash takes place on 16-17 April 2014 at Sgt. Pepper, 188 Long Street in Cape Town. Converse fans will be able to visit the artists and have the opportunity to get their photos clashed if they haven’t been able to tweet them already.

ABOUT SNEAKERS CLASH:
Sneakers Clash is inspired by the Winter 2014 Converse All Star Sneaker Collection, featuring dynamic pops of colour and elevated silhouettes to provoke youthful self-expression. Colourful tie-dye, bold colour blocking and striking archive prints create stylish looks perfect for brightening up the winter season.



Events Around Durban 

Sony Photography Evening



Book Launch 

Member of Parliament , Prof Ben Turok’s latest book , An Insider Account of the ANC in Power (Jacana Publishers) will be launched at Ike’s Books 48A Florida Road
on Tues 15 April at 6.00pm  . Xolani Benedict Dube of the Xubera Institute will be the respondent .
Please rsvp to this email or phone Cedric 082 873 2702 .


This edition by +Fred Felton 





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Monday, April 14, 2014

East Coast Radio scoops two awards at the 2014 MTN Radio Awards




East Coast Radio has more reasons to celebrate after bagging two awards at the prestigious MTN Radio Awards at the Sandton Convention Centre (12 April 2014).


(Winners Jason McCall and Damon Beard - Image Supplied) 

The Drive with Damon team return home armed with the Best Promotions/Stunt Award for Freebie Thursday – the second consecutive year that East Coast Radio has won the award. Presenter Damon Beard and his former producer Jason McCall could barely contain their excitement as they ran up on stage to be recognised amongst the cream of the broadcasting industry’s crop.

“We are so chuffed,” beamed Damon. “The competition was extra tough this year so win the award is huge for us and we’re super-proud!”

McCall added, “It’s an honour to win an award for something I love doing so much. I am humbled and too stoked!”

Freebie Thursday saw the Drive with Damon team using East Coast Radio’s multi-media platforms to create a buzz and recognise listeners, turning an ordinary Thursday into an extraordinary listener-experience.

While Damon is a seasoned East Coast Radio personality, up and coming behind-the-scenes producer, Salendran Thulukanam, was one of six young individuals honoured for their talent, for making their mark and for showing promise for the future of radio. Salendran is the proud recipient of the MTN Bright Stars Award, saying he is “humbled by the recognition.”

East Coast Radio’s Programming Manager, Zane Derbyshire, says, “Our impressive 13 nominations this year  together with our wins is testament to the innovative way that we program the station and these wins are a true recognition of the talented people on our team!”

But the station’s accolades didn’t end there. East Coast Radio presenter Zaba, dazzled as co-host of the 2014 MTN Radio Awards, alongside veteran Alex Jay. Zaba looked resplendent in her designer gear and did KZN proud!
Speaking of honour,  Omar Essack, the CEO of Broadcasting at Kagiso Media (East Coast Radio’s parent body) was honoured in the Hall of Fame.

The MTN Radio Awards recognise excellence in radio across South Africa. It’s about rewarding those individuals and organisations who combine talent, hard work and skill to ensure that their listeners are compelled.


The latest awards add to East Coast Radio existing tally for MTN Radio Awards. The station won Best Commercial Promotions Stunt in 2013, Best Community Project for Toy Story in 2012 and Best Content Producer in 2011. ECR also received the Station of the Year nomination in 2013.
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Events Around Durban, Auditions, Workshops and News for Musicians and Artists


Big Walk To Freedom theme at this year's Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk


Excitement is mounting ahead of the event on 18 May.  This year the organiser's have opted for a Big Walk To Freedom theme in honour of the country's anniversary of two decades of democracy.

Don't wait too long to enter.
Entry is via www.ecr.co.za or at selected Totalsports stores in KZN.
It's going to be loads of fun for the entire family.  There will be clowns, jugglers, stilt-walkers and loads more.

Entry is R75 for the 20km race, R65 for the 10km race and 15km events and R60 for the 5km.


Events around Durban

Mondays At St Clements 14 April at 6pm.




Fairytale Rocks
iZulu Theatre, Sibaya: 17 – 21 April
Prepare to discover a rocking fairy tale this Easter weekend where every prince will find his princess in the brand new production, Fairytale Rocks, at iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino from 17 – 21 April, an extravaganza show which is suitable for the whole family.
Join Alistar, our hero, and his friend Farryl as they set out on a journey, where audiences join in and help Alistar find his princess, the beautiful Ariana. Along the way, we hit the high notes from all of Disney and Pixar’s song classics; Aladdin, The Lion King, Cinderella, Toy Story, Mulan, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, and of course Shrek and the recent release, Frozen.
The fairy tale hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and much more. The irresistible line-up of performers, including power house singers, funky dancers and the live band, are featured in this rocking fairy tale fit for the entire family. Featuring dynamic storytelling, award winning music, stunning costumes and glittering special effects, audiences will be captivated by the humour, fun and adventure of this spellbinding story. Dream with our princess, cheer for the heroes, and marvel as this story is brought to life in a theatrical experience that’s pure magic.
Presented in association with East Coast Radio, Fairytale Rocks kicks off its national tour in Durban at the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment World from 17 – 19 April. For more info like the Facebook page Fairytale Rocks or visit www.frogproductions.co.za. Booking is through Computicket or phone on 0861 915 8000 or book online at www.computicket.com. Seating is reserved.

uMhlanga Easter Festival
uMhlanga: 18 – 21 April 2014
This fun-filled festival will be providing interesting day and evening activities for visitors to the North Coast resort catering for both young and old – hosted by uMhlanga Tourism under the chairmanship of Peter Rose, in association with eThekwini Municipality, and produced by Firstline Promotions.
The uMhlanga beaches will have daily activations happening from 18-21 April on the Main Beach. Daily activities will have beachgoers basking in the summer sun whilst families will be entertained with a variety of fun and games on the stage and beach, daily from 10am until 2pm with talent competitions, kiddies sing-alongs and games. These activities will be taking place on uMhlanga Main Beach and on the Millennium Beach Stage. The Beach Activations will be co-ordinated and MC’d by Kevin Ellis well known Durban personality.
It’s time to hit the ground running this Easter! After the hugely successful uMhlanga Liberty Summer Festival Trail Run we welcome back the highly anticipated uMhlanga Easter Festival 5km / 10km / 16km Trail Run and Walk which takes place on Sunday 20 April at 6am, as part of the 2014 uMhlanga Easter Festival. Entries are now open on the ROAG website. A reminder that this event caters for all levels of fitness as we host  three races, the 5km and 10km run and walk and an 16km trail run. To enter go to www.roag.co.za or for more information you can contact buzzhilde@vodamail.co.za . The start and finish for the race will be at the Millennium Stage.



A Handful of Keys 20th Anniversary Tour
Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: ‘til 27 April
One of the most successful shows in the history of South African showbiz: A Handful of Keys with Ian von Memerty and Roelof Colyn, returns to Durban for a run at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on UKZN campus to celebrate 20 remarkable years over the Easter holidays from 2 – 27 April.
Ian von Memerty and Roelof Colyn have often paired up together in A Handful of Keys. Von Memerty is probably best known for being a judge on SA’s Got Talent. When not in Handful, Colyn is a band leader/ accompanist/ arranger/ composer/ musical director/ conductor in and for a myriad shows.
Featuring a firecracker script and two grand pianos played with unparalleled virtuosity, A Handful of Keys entertains with music and songs from Elton John, Richard Clayderman, Nora Jones, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Liberace through to Bach, Debussy, Chopin and many more! All the old favourites are still there – The History of the Broadway Musical (100 years in 16 minutes), the great SA Medley, and the Rock ‘n Roll finale. With new jokes and new costumes (they wore the old ones out!) A Handful of Keys is a sparkling as ever!
Booking for A Handful of Keys is through Computicket. For sold houses and block bookings contact Ailsa Windsor on 083 250 2690.   Shows are Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.

The Ladies of Lollipop Lane
iZulu Theatre, Sibaya Casino:11 to 13 April
Thousands of listeners tuned in for several years to the hugely popular radio soapie, Lollipop Lane, created by Clinton Marius… Now the magic returns in a delightfully whacky spin-off at Sibaya Casino’s iZulu Theatre for three performances only in April in a brand-new comedy roadshow, The Ladies of Lollipop Lane.

Starring Pauline Dalais and Shika Budhoo as the much-loved Mrs Singh-Singh and Mrs Singh-Song, this bubbling entertainment runs for three performances only from 11 to 13 April. Co-directed by Marius and Caroline Smart,The Ladies of Lollipop Lane features a stellar line-up of comedy favourites.

With fun prizes to be won, early booking for this not-to-be-missed show is strongly advised. Call Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or book online at www.computicket.com. Performances of The Ladies of Lollipop Lane are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, 11 and 12 April, with a 3pm matinee on Sunday 13 April. The duration of the exuberant song-dance-comedy entertainment is 2 hours including interval.


Godfrey Johnson in Porter, Coward and more
Rhumbelow Durban: 11 – 13 April       
The Rhumbelow Theatre and multi award winning cabaret artist Godfrey Johnson present his brand new musical sit down comedy cabaret show, "Porter, Coward and More." The show includes  original songs about love, coffee, food, gym, fanatics and noses. Think Victor Borge meets Sid Vicious with a twist of Bach, Sinatra and others. The show will also include the work of Kurt Weill; Leiber and Stoller and Johnson.
In August, 2013 Godfrey Johnson appeared with Pieter-Dirk Uys in "50 Shades of Bambi" at The Fugard Theatre". He has appeared in numerous stage, film and television productions locally and abroad. He is particularly well known for his interpretations of the songs of Jacques Brel and recently released the CD, "The Shadow of Brel".
Notable one man shows include, "Alice sal Regkom", "The Importance of Being Harnessed";"Songs my Lover Forgot to Sing to Me"; "Flirting with Coward";"Behind Every Man";"Stories of Crime and Passion" and "The Shadow of Brel". He also recently co starred in "The Minnie and Johnson Show" and "Coward and Cole".
Fri 11 April: 20.00; Sat 12 April: 20.00; Sun 13 April 14.00 & 18.30
(Venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner)
R 120-00 a ticket / R 100-00 Pensioners and Tables of 8 or more
Bring food picnic baskets.
Limited secure parking available     Booking is essential. 
Bar Available (no alcohol may not be brought on to the premises)
Book at Computicket or phone or email Roland for bookings H  261 2012 / Cell 0824998636


Theatre Auditions:
Auditions Notice
Durban High School 26 April from 09h00 – 17h00.
Directed by Themi Venturas, the 13th annual PANSA Rainbow Young Performers Production for 2014 is Footloose – which re-unites Daisy Spencer (Choreographer) and Des Govender (Vocal Coach) the team that brought us Hairspray and Legally Blonde.
We are looking for 30 talented young performers from KZN -
Footloose has approximately 13 parts for males and 14 parts for females.
We will also be seeking musicians to make up the ‘live’ band.
Applicants must be in able to sing, dance and act
Applicants must be available for rehearsal every weekend from 16 May – 22 June 2014
Previews and Performances are from 28 June to 13 July 2014.
Applicants must be available for the whole audition to qualify
Applicants must wear comfortable clothing / gym gear and appropriate footwear
Applicants are to bring their own refreshments – water / juice and lunch
Applicants must be prepared to wait between calls

For further enquiries please call PANSA KwaZulu Natal Regional Coordinator: Nelisa Mzimela / PANSA office Telephone: 031 2014750 or email: kzn@pansa.org.za



Galleries: Walkabouts / Workshops
Durban Art Gallery Mentorship Programme workshop series
Observations and Aspirations
Durban Art Gallery: 18 March – 11 May
A series of workshops will be held to support the DAG mentorship programme exhibition. These workshops are aimed at drawing parallels with the academic curriculum as well as creating awareness of social commentary where participants will use their immediate location or background in exploring the themes highlighted in the exhibition or discussed as part of introducing the workshop sessions.
The techniques that will be explored are line and expressive drawings, chalk pastel and charcoal. In smaller groups there will be an introduction of stop/start animation where participants make basic drawings that can be exploited in this medium. The targeted groups are: learners from grade 10 – 12; art students from first to third year levels and community based workshops are aimed at the youth 18 - 24 years. These will look at service delivery protest, the impact of the 20 years of democracy in their vicinity and other socio-political issues. The participants would be introduced to artworks by Dumile Feni, George Pemba, Gerard Bhengu and other artists who worked in the same genre.
For a full programme, more information or to book your space - contact Jabu Mngwengwe@durban.gov.za or Thulani.Makhaye@durban.gov.za Tel: 031 311 2264. The workshops can accommodate 15 - 20 people per session in a venue. The school and tertiary institutions workshops will work with the art class. Entry is free and all are welcome.


uShaka:
uShaka Easter & Birthday Events!
uShaka: April / May
8-17 April: Price Rewind! We’re going retro and rewinding our prices back to 2004 times! Between the 8th and the 17th April, a day of splashingly good fun at Sea World and Wet ’n Wild will cost just R80!
12 – 21 April: Find the Hidden Bunnies Get down to uShaka Marine World’s Village Walk and find the 3 hidden bunnies and stand the chance to win an Xbox 360. Only at the Village Walk this April.
April 19 & 20  - Easter Egg Hunt The Easter Bunny will be hopping, bopping and stowing away chocolate treasures at uShaka Marine World as part of the Beacon’s Africa’s largest Easter egg hunt, which is going to be even more fun and exciting this year with treasure hunts seeking over 100 000 Beacon eggs. 
25 April – 4 May: Ten days of bumper Birthday Gifts - 10 days of giveaways made up of travel prizes, platinum passes, restaurant meals at Cargo Hold, park entrance tickets and meals for you and 10 of your friends, and so much more. Watch this space to see how you can enter.
26, 27, 28 April: Birthday Parade! The famous uShaka parade featuring the uShaka band, dancers, mascots and entertainers will be making a splash along the beachfront promenade at the end of April. Winding their way from Suncoast Casino to uShaka Marine World, they’ll spread a carnival vibe and invite fun and sun lovers back to continue having fun in the sun at uShaka Marine World.
May 1 to 4: Official uShaka Birthday Party Funival Weekend - Don’t miss the 10th birthday bash of the decade. uShaka Marine World will be celebrating up a storm. Three big national acts will be cranking up the excitement 10 fold when they perform at Wet ‘n Wild which will be open from Saturday, May 3 from 10am – 10pm and will feature LCNVL and Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels. Then on Sunday, May 4 from 10am – 6pm catch Mi Casa. During the Village Walk Funival week-end from May 1st – 4th, our talented entertainers will be ramping up the excitement and colour with parades, performances, presents and more!
For more information and costs contact uShaka Marine World on 031-3288000, visit www.ushakamarineworld.co.za  or go to the facebook site https://www.facebook.com/uShakaFanPage


DURRTYSAINT MUSIC (PTY) LTD
Is searching for talented and versatile musicians

- Are you scotching hot on the drums?
- Are you mad about the keyboard sounds?
- Do you play the piano better than Alicia Keys?

Then you could be the next talent to join DURRTYSAINT MUSIC on a revolutionary journey.

DURRTYSAINT MUSIC (PTY) LTD is an independent record label that is passionate making "Future Pop Legends" that have a vision of exporting powerful South African  vocal artists to the global arena. We're launching our pioneering Pop/Dance/RnB vocal artist, CIA, in a way like never before! We're looking young, fresh and talented drummers, keyboard musicians and pianists in recording a live DVD demo in July 2014. The musicians will get to perform on regional gigs, and possibly tour to other provinces from September 2014 with the up and coming sensation, CIA.

Are you ready for life on the spotlight?

For more details, contact:
Siya Mayeza on 083 2070 537 or e-mail smayeza@durrtysaintmusic.co.za

Launch of the Awesome iLembe Arts Festival
The first Awesome iLembe Arts Festival will take place across the iLembe region on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal from 8 to 10 August 2014. An innovative and far sighted initiative by the Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with producers Awesome Africa Festival Productions, this multi-cultural event in celebration of 20 years of freedom and democracy will take the music to the people – and directly into the communities themselves at venues in Mandeni, Ndwedwe, Maphumulo and KwaDukuza.
The Festival will feature around 40 local, national and international artists in the disciplines of music, theatre, dance, poetry, storytelling and arts and crafts, with the main focus falling on music this year. Audiences will be enthralled by contributions from various music genres and themes including jazz, gospel, pop, rock, pan-african, maskandi, isicathamiya, hip hop, Indian traditional, Bollywood, and various “world music” styles. The Festival will also include the “Funk it Up” DJ Experience, as well as a focus on South African legends and a Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.
The Festival will be launched in style on the 27th March at the Sibusisiwe Community Centre in Mandeni, with the example of “taking the music to the people in the communities”, being taken quite literally with a unique “concert of a lifetime” by US Jazz legend Kirk Whalum, who will bring his much celebrated series “The Gospel According to Jazz” to Africa for the very first time.
For further information on the Festival, or for anyone in the ILembe region who would like to be involved, please visit the web sitewww.awesomeilembe.co m or call Gabi Nkabinde on 084 357 8860.


Apply Now! Artists In Residency 2014

News, Project Story
April 4, 2014
Posted by Isla Haddow
The Africa Centre has formed partnerships with artist in residency programmes in Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and the United States to provide eight residencies for our Artists in Residency (AIR) 2014 Programme.
AIR is seeking applications from African artists who are both socially engaged and stretching the boundaries of their creative domain. The AIR partners select an artist from a short list provided by the Africa Centre, for one of their 2014 or 2015 residencies. The costs of the residency and round-trip airfare are included in each residency award made. The residencies are available to all types of artists, but each residency has different durations, structures and requirements. Deadline for application submissions is the 20th June 2014.

Market Photo Workshop seeks coordinator

Vacancy: Coordinator: Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (PDP)

To facilitate teaching and learning in the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme (PDP) through logistics and resource management, and to contribute to the development of a curriculum that is relevant to the media sector and contemporary documentary practice.

Job requirements:
- A relevant qualification (photography, visual arts, media, journalism)
- Minimum 1 year experience in a junior management or supervisory position within the media, arts and culture industries, non-profit OR minimum 3 years relevant experience in the media, arts and culture, non-profit
- A good understanding of the needs of photojournalists and documentary photographers in South Africa and the continent as a whole, and also a critical awareness of the nature and role of the media on the continent.
- Good communication, writing and organisational skills.
- Excellent computer skills – especially MAC based, good knowledge and understanding of Photoshop, internet research, email
- Work well under pressure
- Experience of working at an education and training NGO or similar organisation would be an advantage
- Compliment the skills set of the Market Photo Workshop
- Committed to excellence in and relevance of photography education in South Africa
- Passionate, driven and dynamic

Level of education: Relevant qualification – either in photography, cultural management and/or Media.
Remuneration: R7,500 - R9,000 per month cost to company negotiated according to qualifications and experience.
Only applications submitted electronically will be considered and must include:

1. A covering letter: summarise career, explain interest in the position.
2. A comprehensive CV with contactable references.
To:
Manager: HR
HlubiM@markettheatre.co.za
Manager: Programmes and Projects
lekgethom@marketphotoworkshop.co.za

 





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