Friday, June 27, 2014

All you need to know for the Durban International Film Festival 2014

Coming up in July is the Durban International Film Festival 2014

The organiser's have selected some wonderful films, from the sublime to the ridiculous, from serious to not so serious.  Off the wall to off the lip. On the far side and even on the wild side.

Here are some of the highlights you can look forward to:

20 000 Days On Earth


Freedom Mixtape

Life Itself

i, Afrikaner



Painting Cape Town

Shield and Spear

A Snake Gives Birth To A Snake

Black Coal, Thin Ice

Blood Ties

Cairo Drive



The Lunch Box

The Two Of Us

The Congress

White Shadow

In Order Of Disappearance

Hard To Get

The Immigrant


Expedition To The End Of The World

Do The Right Thing

Raging Bull

Rear Window

Alaska Sessions



Now Now

The Salt Trail


This edition by +Fred Felton
(Images Provided by DIFF)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Auditions, Shows, Acting For Rhinos and Beauty Queens we have it all


Good looking people needed for Tv Commercial, male and female, comfortable wearing a costume, need to be available 25 June and 26 June, over 25 years.  Email for details

A theatre play that celebrates 20 years into democracy.Actors are to be available mid July- August 2014.
By Samantha Govender:
SAIARTMA productions extended call for actors:
Auditions at Stable Theatre (115 johannes nkosi street previously known as Alice Street), Saturday, 28 July 2014 from 12pm -3pm for the following outstanding characters:
* An Indian man in his mid- fifties,musical background a bonus,natural comedian,entrenched in the traditional way of thinking.
*An Indian female in her early fifties, a firm believer in Shree Sathya Sai Baba's teaching.She is traditional at home however she adopts a modern perspective to life being a working class woman.
*An Indian female in her late twenties,beautiful, dark-skin tone, talented in the performing arts.

Big Brother Africa Auditions

Thousands of flyers have been handed out and ticket sales are picking up fast for our 'NOT THE GRAHAMSTOWN FESTIVAL!' Come preview some of our local shows that will be travelling to Grahamstown for the upcoming National Arts Festival right here on your doorstep, and share in some of the excitement. Durban offers up many a selection of theatrical gems which hope to add to this celebration of arts and culture. The funds raised will help with some of the costs that artists endure in order to have their works travel the long distance to Grahamstown.

The standard John Dory's and Spur meal options apply before the show, making your evening out more complete (see menus below). For regular updates on the shows that are on at the theatre, please visit

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact our box office on 031 837 5999.
Date: 20-22 and 27-29 June 2014
Price: R60 (show only
R120 (show and dinner at John Dory's or Spur)
R40 (pensioners, students and for block bookings)

Bookings: Via Computicket or at any Shoprite or Checkers store.Tickets can also be purchased on the night at box office, which opens two hours prior to the show, should seats be available.

Friday: 27 June
7pm - Ex- Men
Saturday: 28 June
11am - Super Mokoena
4pm - SoundGaze: Moving Images of Marie in Woyzeck
6pm - Ex-Men
Sunday: 29 June
4pm - Super Mokoena
6pm - SoundGaze: Moving Images of Marie in Woyzeck

Acting for Rhinos’ is an exciting new project initiated by Eden College Durban and members of the Durban Theatre community. It is aimed at empowering South African and International school children as well as theatre practitioners to assist Project Rhino KZN. Professional and school based productions are an existing component of our rich South African culture.’ Acting for Rhinos ’provides the link between the Arts and Conservation. The basic concept is to challenge schools and theatre companies to donate R1.00 of each ticket sold of any performance staged. Creative projects can now make a significant contribution to our Wildlife heritage.

The ‘Acting for Rhinos’ participants will also be able to display the ‘Acting for Rhinos’ logo on their posters and promotional material. Participants website addresses will be displayed on the Acting for Rhino page of the Project Rhino KZN website. Regular updates will be given on the webpage of who the contributors are and how the money is being spent.

Project Rhino KZN (PRKZN) was established in 2011 by the KwaZulu-Natal conservation community to bring together government, private and civil society and create a province-wide, united front against rhino poaching and other wildlife crime threats. It supports and extends the work of KZN’s 16 leading conservation organisations and two associate members, with a focus on both reactive and proactive needs and has entrenched an ethos of collaboration and trust between state, private and civil society – something that has not been achieved by any other province in South Africa.

If your school is interested in participating in this worthwhile campaign, please contact  Micah van Schalkwyk on

uShaka crowns their winners for 2014

Pictures caption:
Standing are the Mr uShaka and Junior Miss uShaka top 3: Nathan Van Wyk, Amy Stemmet, Tsepo Gumede, Alicia Terblanche, Vuyo Ngwabe, Siphesihle Ndlela
Seated: Miss uShaka top 3 are: Jodie Insel, Anele Nzuza, Nicole Bulose.
Picture: Val Adamson

This Edition by +Fred Felton 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Big Business Events for Entrepreneurs in Durban this week

Nedbank Business Seminars

Designed for Entrepreneurs and Small Business People there are two events around Durban this week.

PMB: Royal Show Grounds - Speaker - Guy Stehlik - Wed June 25 - 8am

Durban: Gateway, Ster-Kinekor, Umhlanga - Speaker - Paul Raphaely - Thur June 26 - 8am

Details -

My Business Expo

Thu 26 June Time 9am

Durban Exhibtion Centre

The Hookup Dinner

Speaker - Sello Rasethaba
Thur 26 June - 6h30pm for 7pm
Gagasi FM studio's
6 Zenith Drive, Solstice, Umhlanga New Town Centre
Pitch your business, prizes on offer, bring your business cards.

This edition by +Fred Felton

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Art Exhibits, Jobs in Gateway, Short Story Winners and Opportunities for Artistic Directors

artSPACE durban exhibition coming up

23 June – 27 June 2014  (1 week)

In the Main Gallery
Flatfoot Dance Company 

For the week 23 – 27 June 2014, Durban’s inimitable FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY will be resident at artSPACE durban. In a meeting of dancers and fine artistsFLATFOOT will work in artSPACE durban giving local artists an opportunity to paint, draw and create around the dancers as they rehearse, dance and create choreography. FLATFOOT will continue to work in their normal day routine and will open up their daily work process.
The week will involve session where artists can watch and engage the dancers in their daily rehearsals but there will also be specific sessions where the dancers will be a little more still to promote portraiture (see schedule below).
The week will culminate in a final performance called “SOUTHERN EXPOSURE” by FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY on Friday 27 June at 6.30pm (with bar facilities open) and curator Karen Bradtke will select some of the art works generated over the week to put on display in the gallery at the Fridayevent. FLATFOOT will perform two works; “UGUHBU” by Sifiso Khumalo and “the inheritance of loss” by Lliane Loots.
Fees for artists to participate are R100 per day or R350 for the week and on June 25 there is a special portraiture session from 5.30pm - 7.30pm and the cost os R100. Tickets for the performance on the 27 June are R50 or R25 for those taking part in the artist residency.
For enquires and bookings for the art residency, please contact artSPACE durban: 031 – 312 0793.
For enquires about the Friday night performance, contact Clare on 082 – 875 6065.


23 June (Monday)
9.30 – 10.30am: company warm-up technique class
10.30 – 11am: break
11am – 1pm: rehearsals and improvisation
1 – 2pm: lunch
2 – 3pm: portraiture and still poses (Jabu Siphika  [f] and Sifiso Majola [m])

24 June (Tuesday)
9.30 – 10.30am: company warm-up technique class
10.30 – 11am: break
11am – 1pm: rehearsals and improvisation
1 – 2pm: lunch
2 – 3pm: portraiture and still poses (Tshediso Kabulu [m] and Sifiso Khumalo [m])

25 June (Wednesday)
9.30 – 10.30am: company warm-up technique class
10.30 – 11am: break
11am – 1pm: rehearsals and improvisation
5.30 – 7.30pm: portraiture and still poses  (Julia Wilson [f] and Zinhle Nzama [f])

26 June (Thursday)
9.30 – 10.30am: company warm-up technique class
10.30 – 11am: break
11am – 1pm: rehearsals and improvisation

27 June (Friday)
9.30 – 10.30am: company warm-up technique class
10.30 – 11am: break
11am – 1pm: rehearsals and improvisation
1 – 2pm: lunch
6.30pm: “SOUTHERN EXPOSURE” performance event with FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY

In the Middle Gallery:

Art 21 videos :

Art:21–Art in the Twenty-First Century, the Peabody Award-winning biennial series produced by the contemporary art organization Art21 (based in the US), provides viewers a unique look at today’s artists.The series reveals artists’ perspectives on current affairs, politics, economics, history and popular culture, as well as showcases the artists’ working processes and their studios. 

We will be showing the videos of ZA'sl well-known William Kentridge. 
"William Kentridge Anything is Possible", then for the course of the week have on hand: William Kentridge  The Eliot Norton Lectures (2012).  Also we will make available the Seasons 1-6 for viewers in the gallery to watch.

Jobs in the Umhlanga Area

Want to work in the new Country Road store in Gateway?

Send your CV to 



The results of our short story competition for 2014
will be announced at St Clements on Monday 23 June.

The top ten stories and authors will be announced
and awards made to the top two authors.

Thereafter, all authors present will be invited to read their stories.
There will be time for questions and discussion.

Although the number of submissions for the 2014 competition (66 stories)
was less than in previous years, the standard was undiminished.  

Table bookings: phone St Clements, 031 202 2511

Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Beirut,
21-27 March 2015: apply now!

Are you part of the next generation of artistic festival directors? 
Do you want to broaden your programming skills and be inspired by colleagues 
and experienced leaders in the field? 
Do you want to join a new network of future festival leaders worldwide?

How to apply

The application form must be submitted by 12 September 2014
All information on the Atelier, selection criteria, application procedure and 
application form can be found on the Atelier website.

In case of questions please contact or call +32 9 241 8080.

This edition by +Fred Felton 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Your chance to get to the premiere of 22 Jump Street & Loads of Events & Book Launches

Your chance to get tickets to the premiere of 22 Jump Street

How to enter - email your party selfie to
Include name and contact details
Entries close 17 June 2014

Book Launches 

You are cordially invited  to a Public Lecture by Justice Edwin Cameron, Judge of the Constitutional Court.

The  theme of the lecture is: ”Twenty Years of Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law - Prize or Pain” .
Justice Cameron’s latest book , Justice a personal Account will be on sale at R220.00 .

Date:  Wednesday 18 June
Time:   12h30-14h00
Venue:  Howard College Theatre, Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal , Durban

You’re invited to hear Timothy Gibbs in conversation with Stephen Coan (The Witness , Durban) about his book
Mandela’s Kinsmen nationalist elites and South Africa’s first Bantustan (Jacana Publishers) .
Timothy Gibbs  is a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College , Cambridge  and  Research Associate in the NRF Chair of Local History at Wits .
He completed his Masters at UKZN under the supervision of Professor Bill Freund .
Mandela’s Kinsmen is adapted from Timothy’s Gibbs D.Phil Thesis completed in 2010 .  Price R225.00

Date :  Thurs 19 June , 5.30 for 6.00 pm at Ike’s Books 48 A Florida Road Durban  ph : 031 303 9214


                                                  Click Here For More Info & Bookings

This Edition by +Fred Felton 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Plenty on offer for Durban this weekend and coming up Cycling for a good cause

This Long Weekend there will be plenty on offer for Durban

Not The Grahamstown Festival

Date20-22 and 27-29 June 2014 
Price: R60 (show only)
           R120 (show and dinner at John Dory's or Spur)
           R40 (pensioners, students and for block bookings)
Bookings: Computicket or at any Shoprite or Checkers store.Tickets can also be purchased on the night at box office, which opens two hours prior to the show, should seats be available.

Dates and Showtimes:

Friday: 20 June
7pm Opening Night- Super Mokoena

Saturday: 21 June
4pm- Prince Senie
6pm- Super Mokoena
8pm- Into the Abyss

Sunday: 22 June
4pm- Into the abyss
6pm- Prince Senie

Friday: 27 June
7pm- Ex- Men

Saturday: 28 June
4pm- SoundGaze: Moving Images of Marie in Woyzeck
6pm- Ex-Men
8pm- She Put the I in Punchline

Sunday: 29 June
4pm- She Put the I in Punchline
6pm- SoundGaze: Moving Images of Marie in Woyzeck

Highlights include:

Ex-Men - The Last Stand

Presented by: On Fire Comedy and Durban Society of Comedy (DSOC)

Two of Durban’s finest Comedy Super heroes team up and return to Grahamstown (and now Durban) to tackle the ultimate villain – DATING!
Catch Jem Atkins and Glen Bo in a hilarious show loaded with top-class stand-up and sketch comedy action about crazy ex’s, Guy Code, surviving dangerous relationships and dating mutants! Expect a roller coaster ride of truth, bull & hilarity.

Super Mokoena

Presented by: The AUC

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... HAIBO! An almost-new comedy of interplanetary proportion. Get ready for the flight of your life, as you meet the Man of Steel in a way you never have before! Thrills, chills, spills and something else that rhymes with those first three! Laughter, hilarity, shadow puppets and bromance! A comic treat that is not to be missed!

She Put The I In Punch Line

Presented by ScruffySession Productions

A one woman show, written by one woman who probes her identity as a South African Indian girl. In an awkward account of personal history within political history within prehistoric...uh...history. The piece unravels in an existential frame; questioning ideas of gender, culture and racial identity.
The show is written from a personal point of view that hopes to make others laugh, relate and think. 

Bookings at Computicket

'Youth Day Jive & Shisa-Nyama'
The KZNSA aweh! programme in association with The Nelisa Mzimela Legacy Foundation will be hosting a 'Youth Day Jive & Shisa-Nyama' at the KZNSA [166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban] on 16 June 2014, another of the KZNSA's Social Art 2014/15 Programme projects.                 

This event is in commemoration of the Soweto Student Uprising of 1976 as South Africa celebrates twenty years of Democracy and Freedom, with Youth Day marking thirty eight years this year. It is also an extension of the exhibition now on at the gallery, titled 'what u say 'bout what', which looks at ways in which the youth can make their voices and opinions known through creative acts.

The day will be filled with a variety of activities for the enjoyment of the whole family and different age groups. The event will showcase young Durban talent in various disciplines of the creative arts, capturing our bustling city life with many colourful live performances and multiple cultural experiences. 

The event opens at 2pm, with a family afternoon till 4:30pm, which includes open Mic sessions with storytellers, mime artists and a special appearance from learners from Ntuzuma Township.

At 5pm, it is student uprising time, and a small cover charge of R20 allows you to jive to isicathamiya, hip hop, electro hip hop, kwaito, pop and new experimental sounds, as well as watch theatre performances and live interactive fashion shows against a backdrop of film. As part of our entrepreneurship support, a ’Shisa-Nyama and quartz' combo will be on sale - the event aims to fundraise for the Ntuzuma based organisation.  Lovers of the visual arts can view the current exhibition of young artists from secondary and tertiary institutions in and around KwaZulu Natal.

For more information please contact Nelisa Mzimela on 0786095201 or

Cycling For Good In KZN 

Date: 22 - 24 August

Celebrated Russian composer Tchaikovsky created the music for three of the world’s most loved and enduring ballets – Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.
His legacy will live on when Stars of the Ballet Russia tour South Africa in August with a stirring programme which features excerpts from both Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty.
Choreographed by Yury Vetrov, former director of the Bolshoi Ballet, the programme will also feature excerpts from Paquita. Staged for the first time in Russia in 1847 for The Imperial Ballet of St Petersburg by Marius Petipa, the ballet was revived in 1881 with new pieces specially composed by composer Ludwig Minkus.

All three featured ballets are major cornerstones of the traditional classical ballet repertory and have been staged over centuries by ballet companies throughout the world.
Stars of the Ballet Russia comes to Durban for two shows only on August 5 and 6 at the Playhouse Opera theatre.
Vetrov started his career as a principal dancer with the Bolshoi Theatre and then trained under the direction of world-renowned choreographer Yury Grigorovich before completing his ballet master training at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1982.

He created the television film ballets Adagio and This Wonderful World and choreographed several famous dance scenes in the operas, The Spanish Hour (Ravel) and The Masquerade Ball (Verdi).
From 1990 to 1994 he was the artistic director of The Bolshoi Ballet and subsequently choreographed Don Quixote and Cinderella for the Russian National Ballet Company.
He currently works as a choreographer in various Russian and international ballet companies and teaches at the Moscow State University.

The programme he has prepared for the Stars of the Ballet Russia South African tour includes Acts 2 and 4 from Swan Lake, the pas de deux from Sleeping Beauty and the grand pas from Paquita.
Tickets range from R150 to R280. There are a limited number of tickets at R100 for pensioners and children under 12.
Shows are at 7.30pm and tickets are available from Computicket.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The East Coast Radio House & Garden Show Opens Tomorrow

Yesterday I was invited on a bloggers tour behind the scenes of The East Coast Radio House & Garden Show.

We were shown all the treats, new designs and what is in store for you dear reader.

First off we were shown the new Builders DIY Pavillion.  It was great to see that this year they have a much bigger stand and look out for their talks that will be happening.  So if you love DIY pop on by to be educated on how to build that door.  Speaking of doors look out for their great specials on doors which you can get only at the Show.

The kids are also in for a treat as you will find a great play area for your youngsters.  There will be gift bags for the kids and wonderful prizes as well.  Loads of entertainment for them.

Next up look out for the Robertsons Celebrity Chef Kitchen Area area where there will be giveaways, competitions and of course plenty of chefs to help you cook that perfect dish.  Word has it Deena Naidoo will be popping by to lend a hand.

Make sure to also check out the local companies in the Homegrown Design Fair.

Look out for the Noble Handcraft stand and ask for Babette.  Loads of goodies there.

One of the area's that really impressed me was the Garden section put on by The Gardener magazine.
Look out for Tanya Visser.

There is a Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Bonsai Trees and various animals in different shapes and forms.

We are still trying to figure out if this is real.  So be careful when you see it!

In the main arena make sure to pop by The Kitchen Studio and ask them about their hand gesture drawers. It was interesting to see the new designs in kitchens and also handleless kitchen doors which are now a trend.

We each left with a wonderful goodie bag and some delicious treats to munch on the way home.

There is so much more on offer so best you get there early.

Useful Contact Details For The Show
Hashtag: #HGshow2014

Fred Felton was a guest of The East Coast Radio House & Garden Show Team.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Opportunities for Filmmakers in Durban

There are plenty of opportunities available for Filmmakers in the Durban and Kwazulu-Natal area.

1.  Durban Filmmakers Guild is having a meeting tonight, be there!  Please RSVP!

Please RSVP to 

2.  Kwazulu-Natal Film Commission Launches a Film Fund for Filmmakers

Yesterday I attended a workshop presented by the Kwazulu-Natal Film Commission.  They have a load of opportunities for Filmmakers:
  • They have a KZN Film Fund for Filmmakers for productions, developments and for filmmakers who need funding to go to festivals or workshops: email or contact Khulekani on 031-325-0200 for application forms.
  • Add yourself to their Film Industry Stakeholder Database for potential business opportunites, networking, development and promotion of projects email or register on their site - 
  • 2015 Bursary Applications - you can also apply soon for their Bursary to help with your studies in film.
3.  Looking for work in the film industry?  For behind the scenes experience, email your CV to 

This edition by +Fred Felton 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Opportunity for Female Sitcom Writers, Barry Hilton is in Town, Auditions and More

Call for Female Sitcom Writers

A local production company is looking to build a creative team for a female driven sitcom for a major broadcaster. At present they are looking for an all female team, with more roles to follow.

They are looking for a Headwriter and team of Writers to work with the Creator of the concept to produce a South African first...a quality sitcom of international standard with a strong, empowering female lead.

They are looking for young up and coming talent, as well as established talent. Any culture any background as long as you are a strong writer with an open mind to your creative process.

As the main character is a 'rapidly approaching 30, modern black woman' they need people who can relate to a local girl with an international outlook.

Email for more info and include a CV and a short paragraph that our young single, independent yet hapless character may post as her description on a dating website.

A Father’s Day filled with laughter

Two hilarious Barry Hilton shows will ensure an abundance of laughter this Father’s Day, Sunday June 15, in Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
The ever-popular comedian, who was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award last year, will be performing at the Gateway Barnyard in Durban and the Golden Horse Casino in Pietermaritzburg before he jets off for shows in London. Barry’s busy international concert schedule also includes kick starting the Hong Kong International Comedy Festival in September and shows in Australia and New Zealand later the same month.
With a career spanning a phenomenal 30 years and a fan base that spans continents, Barry appeals to people of all ages. Often referred to as the ‘King of Clean Comedy’, he steers clear of swearing, profanity and crude content, making him a firm favourite South African performer.
Barry’s new show, The Way I See It, gives you a peek inside the goings on in his quirky head. His hilarious facial expressions and exaggerated physical movements are so funny that he often doesn’t need to say a word to get the audience laughing.
Tickets for the Durban show that starts at 2pm at the Barnyard are available from and for the Pietermaritzburg show, to be held at the Golden Horse Casino, from


The play, ‘The the B.E.E Sting’ celebrates twenty years of democracy and centers on a cross-cultural relationship between an Indian female and a Black male. The play is expressed in light hearted, humorous way whilst exploring incidents from history (Inanda Riots 1985, Soweto Massacre). The play highlights Madiba’s vision of reconciliation and encompasses Shree Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings of love and unity. The play uses comedy, drama, song and dance.
SaiArtMa Productions is looking to cast experienced actors for the following
An African Zulu maid-early twenties, she must transform to be eloquently spoken and
smartly dressed.
An African Black male-late twenties, well spoken, professional and charming.
An Indian female - late twenties, darker skin tone, beautiful, charming, professional in the performing arts. U.K or U.S.A accent is a bonus.
An Indian man in his late fifties, medium to dark in complexion. A natural comedian,
stubborn, entrenched in his way of life.
An Indian lady -early fifties. She is a loving mother and caregiver to the family. She is
traditional at home but modern in her way of thinking

Please prepare a monologue, dance piece and a song of your choice. Contact Samantha Govender to book a 15 minute Audition Slot. Cell 0734654869
DATE: 10TH JUNE2014                   TIME: 10AM-7PM
NB: Actors to be available in July - August 2014

Fathers out to play: Celebrate Fathers day at uShaka Marine World Village
Walk where all Dad's can get to enjoy the sights and sounds of the bike and
boat expo display on Sunday, June 15th as well as take part in the Village
Walk competition where double tickets are up for grabs to the Top Gear
Festival. Getting into the spirit of Father's Day at  uShaka are Justin
Bateman with his son, Gabriel and Mduduzi Sosibo with his daughter Andiswa
enjoying the 17CC Fat Boy Harley Davidson and nervously meeting Slips, the
Taiwanese Rat Snake. Happy Father's Day to you all!

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