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 Booking is through Computicket or phone on 0861 915 8000 or book online at 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 or for more information you can contact . 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  or go to the facebook site

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

This Edition by +Fred Felton 

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