Sunday, May 25, 2014

Event Guide For Durban - Includes A Surf Carnival, Business Events, Book & Design Fair

What's Happening?

The 2014 Drama for Life Sex Actually Festival engages a multi-dimensional approach to the thematic focus: human connection.
This year’s theme aims to interrogate and explore the questions of; what makes us human? How do we relate to each other? What do we learn about ourselves as individuals as well as through our relationships? What boundaries/borders are we aware/unaware of? How, and to what extent, do we celebrate and fully engage all facets of our humanness? What levels and modes of connection amount to intimacy and sensuality? What are our understandings of safety and health in the intimate spaces? How has history and space affected our practice of human connection?
Festival Dates: 19-30th August 2014             Application Deadline: Monday 9th June 2014
In a dynamic and information-sharing Afropolitan landscape, to what extent are our connections an integral part of our daily practice and human experience? Drama for Life is proud to open the call for applications, inviting all mediums and modes of artistic (health) practice to respond to this year’s theme: Human Connection.
Are you interested in being a part of the festival, either as artist or health practitioner? We wish you good luck!
Let’s Connect... Heart to Heart
for all queries please contact zandile bekwa on

2014 ACT Scholarship Awards open for registration
A new set of matriculants can start preparing to be put through their paces, and make their dream of becoming a performing artist a reality.
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), in partnership with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank Arts Affinity, is pleased to once again offer three Performing Arts Scholarships for local aspirant performers.

The ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships Programme is aimed at Grade 12 learners and individuals younger than 25 years of age who are neither registered for an undergraduate degree nor considered to be a professional performing artist. The programme takes the form of a competition where participants are assessed on their acting, dancing and singing potential and culminates in a final showcase before an independent panel comprising judges the likes of popular artist HHP, producers Hazel Feldman and Richard Loring, television personality Rozanne McKenzie and internationally acclaimed choreographer Gregory Maqoma, that auditioned the final round in the past.

In order to open this opportunity for as many aspirants as possible, this year’s audition circuit will include Nelspruit in addition to their usual stops in Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein. 

Auditions will take place in June and July.
Since the inception of the programme in 2009, nine scholarships to the value of more than R900,000 have been awarded. Steve Norman won the inaugural Scholarship and went on to study Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Zola Myeza (2010 winner) from KwaZulu-Natal also attended UCT, and is finding her professional feet thanks to support from her agent, sponsor Talent etc. In 2011 two Scholarships were awarded – Nomagugu Gumede from KwaZulu-Natal enrolled at Howard College; and Tankiso Mamabolo from the Eastern Cape is studying Theatre and Performance at UCT.
Three scholarships will be awarded in 2014, to the values of R150,000; R105,000 and R60,000; totalling R315,000. The winners will be announced after the Final, hosted by UJ Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg on 13 October 2014. Scholarship recipients will be at liberty to select their preferred performing arts course at any accredited South African tertiary institution.

The Scholarships Programme is currently open for registrations until 31 May 2014. For more information or to register for participation please visit

Competition for energy efficient designs

Full details are available on the following website:, or from the competition organisers at tel 021 949 7419 / 083 293 2848 or via e-mail at

Surf Carnival Time

This annual event, now in its 12th year is growing from strength to strength with surfers from all around the country gearing up to participate within the various categories as well an increase in support from the crowds year on year!
The Stand up paddle event will once again be the SUPSA sanctioned South African Championships which will enjoy an unprecedented third year in Durban and the Surf Carnival organisers are pleased to host this premier SUP wave riding event again.

This year will also include SUP Course Racing which is a new discipline to the event and will see South Africa’s top SUP paddlers racing along the Backline of the Golden Mile.

The Forgotten Soul Retro surfing competition is also on the line-up again, exposing the history of South African surfing with surfers riding surfboards manufactured in the 70’s and 80’s as well as longboarding - going back to the “roots” of Surfing.

“Holding the SA Champs in Durban for the third year running is a huge bonus for the event which has religiously and faithfully included SUP surfing since 2007 and even before an SUP association even existed. New Pier as a venue is also a massive draw card for SUPers countrywide and once again we will be expecting a huge contingent from Cape Town,” says Paul Godwin from Nerve Events

The Longboarding event will once again see South Africa’s Style masters in action in various divisions.

This event is sanctioned by Stand Up Paddleboard Association of South Africa (SUPSA) and KwaZulu Natal Longboard Surfing Association (KZNLSA)

There will also be a free surfing clinic hosted by Learn to Surf - Surf School and a free SNAP SHOT Photographic Competition - both of these events are open to the general public to participate.

The surf carnival, which is free to the public, will showcase a number of exciting events from the SUPSA SA Stand up Paddle Surfing Champs; Naish SUPSA Racing; Forgotten Soul Retro Surfing; KZNLSA Longboard Surfing Competition; to the Free SNAP SHOT Photographic Competition and free Surfing clinic, so don’t miss out!

All entries close for participants on Saturday, May 31st. For enquiries call Paul Godwin 0835601185 or email For press release and information on the event you can visit the event blog 

Durban Chamber Events 

The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry

invites you




Date: 27 May 2014
Time: 9am

For More Details:                  Sholiphni Hlongwa  – 031 335 1000  

SanKofa Book & Design Fair Durban

Open Source Open City Open Season

‘SANKOFA Writing with the Future writing with the Past’

Friday 01 – Sunday 17 August 2014

Parallel Projects endorsed by the International Union of Architects (UIA) World Congress

Green Heart City Book & Design Boma

A meeting place for writers, illustrators, publishers, literary agents, booksellers, designers, architects and social entrepreneurs to network and exchange ideas trending on the literary and design landscape. KwaMuhle Museum will serve as the Nerve Centre for Boma activations. Key elements include The Frameside Lounge, Open House Durban Photo & Sketch Wall Exhibition, and Caravan of Words where writers will craft stories on ‘Durban and Democracy’. The KidZone will feature Life Size Scrabble, storytelling and character role-plays from African folktales. Food Wagons will serve traditional local foods - bunny chow, samp and beans, and local beverages such as Frankie’s Ginger Beer from the Midlands. The Goldilocks Freedom Word Mobile – Kunene Wagon will be stationed at the Book & Design Boma. 

Open House Durban

An artetexture showcase of 20 Durban structures through the photographic lens and the sketch block – to promote the idea of creative economy. A competition will be launched to encourage UIA 2014 delegates and the public to take photos or make sketches of the selected buildings. Entries will be displayed in an Open House Durban Photo & Sketch Wall Exhibition at the Book & Design Boma. Winners will be announced at a prize ceremony during UIA 2014.

Mobile Pop-Up Book Bench with Deaf Pavement Poets

‘Parks 4 Read’ is an ongoing initiative that is held in a park setting. BunnyKats, leprechauns, and Irish rag doll Bridie Beag exchange integrated tales to encourage a love for reading and drawing. This is achieved with the assistance of local writers and artists interacting with the public and sketching BunnyKats reading miniature classics on the BooK Bench. Hearing and Deaf Pavement Poets will write and perform poetry on 20 years of democracy in South Africa and what it means to them.

Presented by Green Heart City Movement

Contact Mikhail Peppas, Sanabelle Ebrahim or Nomvula Sikakane at

This Edition By +Fred Felton 
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