Friday, April 29, 2016

What Floats Your Boat!

The Durban Boat and Lifestyle Show is back at the Durban Marina taking place from Friday, 24 June to Sunday, 26 June 2016.

Now in its thirteenth year of existence, the Durban Boat and Lifestyle Show is Southern Africa’s biggest boating event to be held in and around water. Annually held at the Durban Marina, the event has successfully established itself as a major Durban and KwaZulu-Natal event that attracts thousands of local and domestic guests and injects hundreds of thousands of rands into the local Durban economy.

The event is a three day boating, lifestyle and fishing equipment exhibition that features a huge range of incredible boats of all shapes and sizes, from one-man dinghies to island-hopping luxury catamarans, and everything in between.

The Lifestyle section features luxury vehicles, towcars, SUV’s and 4x4’s, caravans and outdoor equipment. The perfect weekend attraction for enthusiasts and the whole family, the show also features a kid’s play area, food stalls, free boat rides for kids and a whole lot more fun and exciting activities still to be confirmed.

For more information on the Durban Boat and Lifestyle Show or to be an exhibitor you can contact Barry Meehan at or call him on (031) 266-9828.

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Twitter: @DurbanBoatShow

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Volunteers needed for International Aids Conference Durban 2016

The people who volunteer at each International AIDS Conference are critical to its
success. This year, we are looking for 800 committed individuals to volunteer at
AIDS 2016. 

Volunteers will have free access to the conference sessions when not
on duty, networking opportunities, and become part of a committed team working on
the HIV response by supporting a global event. Join them in Durban for this historic
moment and apply to volunteer today.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Scholarship Opportunities: Clinicians, HIV Service Providers and Advocates for International Aids Conference Durban

As the International AIDS Conference remains a vital tool for continuing medical education, the International AIDS Society (IAS) is proud to launch the IAS Educational Fund – a mechanism aimed to provide and invest in educational opportunities that support the frontline HIV workforce.

The IAS Educational Fund will enable 100 clinicians and 40 advocates to attend the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016). Additionally, it will offer increased virtual access to conference content and a series of symposia hosted in targeted countries to strengthen scientific and programmatic knowledge from a global perspective that is relevant at a local level.

Applications for grants to attend AIDS 2016 will open on 20 April and close on 11 May.

The IAS Educational Fund is made possible through an educational grant from ViiV Healthcare and financial support from Gilead Sciences.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The 21st International AIDS Conference To Take Place 18-22 July 2016 in Durban

Historical global conference introduces a fresh approach to the programme
 The conference will more fully incorporate several pre-conference meetings into the main conference programme. AIDS 2016 will be hosted in Durban, South Africa.

The new format will offer these pre-conference meetings within the main conference venue on 16-17 July, leading up to the Opening Session. These meetings, which have customarily been held off-site at surrounding areas, are open to all conference delegates. Attendees will have the ability to register online for pre-conference meetings during the AIDS 2016 registration process as part of the package.

“This was a strategic decision to offer a more holistic format to the traditional conference set-up,” said
 Chris Beyrer, IAS President and AIDS 2016 Co-Chair. “It will better enable delegates to access the strong pre-conference programming that will be offered.”

Olive Shisana, AIDS 2016 Local Co-Chair said, “This is the second time that Durban will be hosting the International AIDS Conference and marks a major milestone in the HIV response. We want to create an enhanced conference experience for everyone involved.”

Every year the International AIDS Conference has a dedicated theme, this year is “Access Equity Rights Now”. It is a call to action to work together and reach the people who still lack access to comprehensive treatment, prevention, care and support services. For example, more than 60% of people living with HIV remain without antiretroviral therapy; women and girls, men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, young people, and people who use drugs and other marginalized groups remain under-prioritized in the response; investments in HIV prevention research appear to have flattened; and widespread violations of human rights including criminalisation continue to undermine effective responses.

AIDS 2016 is convened by five permanent partners: IAS, Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), The International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS (ICW), International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO) and UNAIDS in collaboration with international and South African scientific and civil society partners. It is expected to convene over 18,000 delegates from around the world, including many journalists. 

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Opportunity for African Writers and Directors at 9th Talents Durban

Call for Entries 9th TALENTS DURBAN @DIFF 2016

In cooperation with Berlinale Talents at the 37th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).
17 – 21 June 2016.
This year, Talents Durban opens submissions to 15 African writers and directors with fiction, documentary and hybrid projects in development. For the first time, the reconceptualized
initiative includes high quality projects of all media formats, such as film, television series, web series and content for mobile platforms. In order to build on sustainable networks, the call for entry is also aimed at alumni of Talents Durban who participated in any previous editions of the programme and now want to come back to work on a project.

Like before, Talents Durban will be again hosting mentorship and hands on training for 5 emerging film critics.
The Talent Press programme is a cooperation with FIPRESCI and the GoetheInstitut.
Talents Durban is also excited to announce a new partnership with REALNESS, a South African residency programme where five African screenwriters are invited for a seven week residency to develop a new draft of their original feature screenplay. These five screenwriters will also be participating in this year's edition of Talents Durban and benefit from the international networks of the Durban FilmMart.

Talents Durban will take place from 17 – 21 June as part of the 37th Durban International Film Festival (16 – 26 June). The overall 20 selected participants from across Africa will be given a chance to forge relationships in an intensive five day programme of one on one
project consultation and industry networking activities with renowned mentors and professionals in the fields of production and distribution.

The 9th edition of Talents Durban runs under the motto Degrees Of Separation: Connecting People And Story.
Film has always had the almost magical ability to connect people with story. Whether that be one as familiar to you as a simple tale of romance or whether it be as far removed as life on other worlds, film blurs the borders of yours and transforms human existence into something that is shared.

Talents Durban aims to connect African screenwriters, directors and film critics to recognise, explore and celebrate both the differences and similarities that make this connectedness through film and media possible. More than ever before, the redesigned programme will focus on quality content itself and delve into the adage of Africa having many stories to tell. Talents Durban aims to address and rectify the reality where these stories are often not told by those who have lived these experiences and what this does to either further separate or connect emerging audiences.

With access to the DIFF screenings and through participating in conversations with experts from around the world, Talents Durban seeks to span the gaps that separate us through one of the most important aspects of the programme, collaboration; as the collaborative process opens the doors of creativity and opportunity.

Applications are now open and can be done online at the following URL:
Or visit
Deadline for application May 2, 2016.
For more info contact 031 260 2506 or
Talents Durban is an initiative of the Durban International Film Festival in cooperation with Berlinale Talents and is supported by the KZN Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the German Embassy in South Africa, the KwaZuluNatal Film Commission, the GoetheInstitut South Africa and the Gauteng Film Commission.