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  • 2013-07-04

Durban: Diary of Events

28 June - 7 July
Durban Exhibition Centre
031 303 5941 

6 July
Greyville Racecourse
(031 314 1500)

9 - 13 July
Natal Mounted Rifles Parade Ground (opposite Durban Country Club)
031 451 1722

18 - 28 July
(031 260 2506)

19 - 22 July



Manchester City Tour
Manchester City vs Kaizer Chiefs
Nelson Mandela Day 18 July Moses Mabhida Stadium


North Beach parkrun - Weekly Free 5km Timed Run
Every Saturday at 08h00


14 July
Supa Mama Savages Challenge Run / Walk

Supa Mama Savages Challenge 21.1 & 10km

22 July
Kings Park Athletics Stadium
031 312 9374


7 July
Marine LSC
082 654 6542

27 July
Scotttburgh to Brighton
082 784 2996


13 July
Kings Park


8, 12, 16, 23 June & 13, 24 July at Clairwood Racecourse (031 469 1020)
5, 19, 26 June & 10, 17, 21, 31 July at Scottville Racecourse (033 345 3405)
1, 14 (n), 30 June & 6, 27 July at Greyville Racecourse (031 314 1500) (n = night racing)


8 July
031 2027636/

14 July
Kloof Country Club
031 2027636/

22 July
031 2027636/


16 July




Situated at 231 Anton Lembede (Smith) Street in Durban’s CBD, The Playhouse (031 369 9555) is an important performing arts venue housing three theatres: the Opera, Loft and Drama. 8 June Rhythm and Dance: Annual dance gala of Royal Academy of dancing graduates. 11 June & 9 July Test Drive:  Take a break from your desk every 2nd Tuesday of the month and support local Durban and KZN talent!  Hosted by The Playhouse Company, Test Driving the Arts provides performance opportunities for amateur artists to perform in public, to a live audience. Pop along to The Playhouse from 12:30 to 14:00, to enjoy the unique sounds of Iscathamiya music performed by local groups. 15 June Hip Kulcha Day an event highlighting youth culture idioms both educational and performance-based. Hosted by Ewok, industry information relevant and beneficial to artists will be imparted via plenary sessions led by industry professionals interspersed with performance and culminating with a performance by Zakes Bantwini, and DJ Happy Gal. 18 & 19 June Stars of the Ballet Moscow returns to South Africa following their successful tour in 2011.  The repertoire will celebrate the music of the Great Russian composers Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. The company will perform the ballet Paganini, Adagio from Symphony No.2, All By Myself to Rachmaninov; and Romeo and Juliet with extracts from Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky. 26-30 June Northcliff high school musical, the school's annual visit to Durban with this year's presentation of "All Shook Up" 19-21 July Rockville 2069 is a futuristic rock musical that is at heart a love story set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world and steeped in the philosophies that characterise the rebellion of the sixties, the seventies and those that are currently shaping our world. 22 July Si Right! is about a teenage boy, Thuso, and his younger sister, Thandeka, who set out from their village on a quest to seek understanding. It is a production with song and dance aimed at senior primary learners, with a strong focus on instilling positive behaviour in kids and inspiring them to make the right choices in life.  (  or 031 369 9540)

The University of KZN’s Howard College Campus is home to one of Durban’s busiest commercial theatres, the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (031 260 2296), which hosts a range of shows, from rock ‘n roll to dance and drama, as well as festivals. 24 May-16 June The lady Killers KickstArt in association with Pieter Toerien presents the South African premier of the West End hit, The Ladykillers - a classic black comedy; a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing… 28 June-14 July Rainbow young performers project With the support of Rainbow Chickens and administered by the Performing Arts Network South Africa, this annual event involves the talents of KZN High School pupils who are auditioned, mentored and given the opportunity of appearing in a musical on a professional stage.  More details to follow. (

Gateway’s Barnyard Theatre (031 566 3045).  2-3 June Michael naicker says “chow for now” Kevin Perkins will be saying Chow for Now to his alter-ego, Michael Naicker, with this brand-new show. 1 July Riders from the storm Durban is set to be taken by storm, when six of South Africa’s most highly acclaimed guitarists take to Barnyard Theatre. 5-6 July Steve Hofmeyr, will be giving Durban audiences the best he has to offer when he performs two shows. 16July -25 August we are the champions is the tribute of all tributes, as we celebrate the music of the greatest pop icons of all time - Michael Jackson, Elton John, Tina Turner, Pink & Freddie Mercury. 21 July Arno Carstens Do not miss out on Arno Carstens, South African rock icon, live.  (

iZulu Theatre (031 580 5555) at Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom. 7-8 June Kama Sutra: the enigmatic and charismatic Karou Charou is back with his block buster adult comedy, pushing boundaries and testing the limits while exploring sex and sexuality in the Indian community. Kama Sutra, his one man show, aims to debunk myths, challenge tradition and educate his people. The "education process" is sure to be a barrel of red-faced laughs. Not recommended for sensitive people with no pulse, adults only! 29 June Roh Masr Spirit of Egypt Dance. 2-7 July so you thought Enstein was a genius too: This beautifully choreographed show combines the aesthetics of dance, music and humour with the awesomeness of mind-blowing and jaw-dropping science experiments and facts.  12-13 July It’s Mad pagla: World Vishwa Shakti presents a highly acclaimed dance drama which will be a fusion of emotional drama, comedy, vibrant dances, superb lighting and exquisite stage scenes.

The Catalina Theatre (031 305 6889) at Wilson’s Wharf presents cutting-edge theatre:  25 June Sleeping Beauty The Dingalings are back on stage this holiday season set to enchant the young and old alike with the age old favourite fairy tale SLEEPING BEAUTY. Audiences are prepared to be taken on a journey with all the fantasy and romance of this delightful children's story.  24-28 July Hope Springs-Join the Uprising Hope Springs, based on a real facility called “Tranquillity Bay”, is the story of a group of teenagers sent, by parents, for correctional behavioural modification. It’s a place where adults dictate every move, what they do, what they eat, what they think! Events take a sinister turn when one pupil decides to spark a rebellion and forms an uprising! Directed by Gillian Brunings and produced by Rising Star Performing Arts Productions. (

The Italian Club in Durban North is home to the Stirling Theatre (076 786 1127).  (

Enjoy a three-course meal while watching the show at Hillcrest’s Heritage Theatre (031 765 4197) (

The Stable Theatre (031 309 2513) in Johannes Nkosi (Alice) Street (



29-30 June AQUAFEST BEACH PARTY at New Beach Durban Beachfront Aquafest is a beach party and is held bi-annually on Durban`s New Beach. This edition will see SA`s top DJ’s performing on 2 massive dance areas and the setup will include a general area, VIP area and a V VIP area.  Computicket (031 701 8787)

1 June Extra Cold Live at Boulevard. 9th Avenue-Florida The people of Durban have spoken and chosen their ultimate line-up for Extra Cold Live brought to you exclusively by Castle Lite. With a line-up consisting of some of the country`s leading artists. With hip hop`s `it kid` AKA as the MC, Extra Cold Live on the 1 June 2013 is certainly a once-off concert you won`t want to miss. Computicket

The lovely Botanic Gardens (031 322 4021 or in John Zikhale (Sydenham) Road is the backdrop for Old Mutual’s Music at the Lake concerts.



There are evenings Sundowners in the Playhouse Theatre’s Grand Foyer on 7 June at 17:30 featuring Skye Wanda and Theo Bophela . 5 July Marion Loudon ( or 031 369 9540)

The Cooked Sista's (083 6675133 live music venue situated in Protea Hill Road, Valley of a Thousand Hills. The Collective Gallery at 48b Florida Road (031 303 4891) features a great line-up of local talent in the Cake or Death acoustic sets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 19:00.

Soak up live vibes at Amsterdam Bar & Grill (031 811 5449) in Helen Joseph Road with an open mic session every Monday from 21:00 and acoustic band every Wednesday;
the Winston Pub on the corner of Clark & Umbilo roads (084 207 8931) with live bands every Friday and Saturday night;
the KZNSA Gallery Café (031 201 9969) in Bulwer Road every Sunday from 14:00;
The Corner Café (031 201 0219) at 197 Brand Road every Saturday 12:00-14:00 with Portia and John of The Wilderness Act;
Yossi’s (031 201 0090) in Helen Joseph Road on a Wednesday;
the Oyster Box Hotel with Wallace Nock daily from 18:00-20:00 in the Oyster Bar and
Adrian Beecham from Tuesday-Friday at 19:00 in the Lighthouse Bar and every Sunday from 12:00 on the Ocean Terrace;
Woodcutters (031 266 1843) at 48 Buckingham Terrace, Westville, every Sunday from 15:00-19:00 with Ron & Lyn Selby’s Boogie Band; Olive & Oil (031 201 6146) in Helen Joseph Road every Sunday from 19:00 with Trevor Thomas; Zack’s, which hosts open mic sessions at Wilson’s Wharf (031 305 1677) on Mondays and at Windermere Road (031 312 0755) on Wednesdays;
Musketeers (031 266 0836) in Westville with open mic sessions on Tuesday evenings from 20:00;

and selected evenings at St Clements (031 202 2511) in Musgrave Road;
Jackie Horner Pub and Grill (031 202 9192) at 47 Helen Joseph Road; Willowvale Hotel (031 205 1291) in Umbilo; and The Jazzy Rainbow (031 303 8398) located at 93 Smiso Nkwanyana Road in Morningside (check press for details).



The Durban Jewish Centre in Old Fort Road is the venue for a variety of concerts hosted by the Friends of Music, including: 11 June 19:45 PM Santiago Canon Valencia Concert Born in Bogota, Colombia, Santiago is already well known for his extraordinary musicality and virtuoso playing. He was a joint prize winner of the Beijing cello competition in 2009.25 June Andrey Baranov/ Miki Aoki. Andrey Baranov, winner 2012 Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition, Laureate of 2010 Indianapolis, Sendai, Unisa, David Oistrakh and Paganini International Competitions together with Miki Aoki, who appears as soloist chamber accompanist and teacher throughout Europe, Asia and USA, form part of this years` concert series.  16 July David Scheel Classical pianist comedian. Book at Computicket.

The KZN Philharmonic The KZN Philharmonic`s Winter Symphony Season 2013 has been designed to enhance the musical experience of all concert-goers. 6 June Santiago Valencia.  13-22 June Sarah Chang violin soloists ( or 031 369 9404).


Jazz and blues

The Rainbow Restaurant (083 463 8044 or 031 702 9161 23 Stanfield Lane, Pinetown, first opened its doors in 1981.

The Harbour Jazz Café at the BAT Centre (031 332 0451) 45 Maritime Place, Small Craft Harbour, hosts Jazz Sundowners every Friday 18:00-20:00 and Jazz on the Deck every Sunday 15:00-17:00.

The Centre for Jazz & Popular Music (031 260 3385) at the University of KZN hosts concerts every Wednesday during the semester from 18:00.

Other venues hosting live jazz and blues include Zack’s in Windermere Road (031 312 0755) with Live Jazz every Sunday at 15:30 and Zack’s at Wilson’s Wharf (031 305 1677) with the Blues Train on Tuesdays. There are also Jazz Sundowners every Sunday from 12:00-17:00 at the Upper Deck, uShaka Marine World (031 328 8000).

Parties, clubs and dancing

Durban’s hottest nightclubs, cafés and bars include the Suncoast Casino’s Café Vacca Matta (031 368 6535); The Origin at 9 Clark Road (072 947 1320); Live at 166 Matthews Meyiwa (Stamford Hill) Road; De La Sol cocktail bar at 258 Florida Road (031 312 9436); Cuba Lounge at Moses Mabhida Stadium (031 303 6364); Afro Fashion Lounge at 135 Stamfordhill Road (031 309 6046); Scallaz at 14 Brickhill Road (031 332 5060); Boulevard Nightclub at 153 Florida Road (031 303 7631); Casa Nostra at 170 Florida Road (031 312 6434); Sasha Nightclub at 17 Harvey Road (031 312 9255); Czar at 178 Florida Road (031 312 8001); Bru Café at 507 Lilian Ngoyi Road); and Joe Cool's at 137 Lower Marine Parade (031 332 9697).

Operating at the former Bean Bag Bohemia site in Lilian Ngoyi (Windermere) Road, (072 674 4609) incorporates fine dining, a bistro and tapas bar as well as a sports bar and outdoor café, and is open from 11:00 till late.


KZNSA Gallery (166 Bulwer Rd, Glenwood 031 277 1705, Tues-Fri 09:00-17:00, Sat 09:00-16:00, Sun 10:00-15:00. 21 May - 09 June 2013 ‘Paradise lost’ – a solo exhibition by Tom Van Herrewege
African Art Centre (94 Florida Rd 031 312 3804)

Artisan Contemporary Gallery (344 Florida Rd 031 312 4364).

The BAT Centre (45 Maritime Place, Small Craft Harbour 031 332 0451) is a hub of arts and culture, with art & crafts shops, conference and rehearsal venues, a dance studio, sports bar and regular events such as live jazz, poetry and a drumming circle.

Durban Art Gallery (Durban City Hall 031 311 2262/5) Durban’s largest gallery, it houses a comprehensive collection of South African art, both past and present, as well as international works.

The Dodds Gallery (Green with Envy, 281 Vause Rd 031 220 2041) is a brand new gallery space in the heart of Durban’s Berea, situated on the grounds of a plant nursery with a restaurant, shop and children’s play area. Owned and run by Michelle Dodds, the gallery specialises in fine South African art, bronzes and collectables, displaying the work of Anton Benzon, Dianne Erasmus, Kobus Kotze, Nicki Chovu Chovu, Charmaine Eastment, Tony de Freitas, Chris Tugwell, Errol Boyley and Helena Wagenaar, among others.

artSPACEdurban (3 Millar Rd, off Umgeni Rd 031 312 0793)

DUT Art Gallery (Durban University of Technology 031 373 2207)

The Collective (48b Florida Road 031 303 4891)

Elizabeth Gordon Gallery (120 Florida Rd 031 303 8133) Fine art by leading South African artists. Gallery hours: 08:00-16:30 weekdays & 09:00-12.30 Saturdays. Wed. 28th Nov. we are opening an exhibition, DURBAN - CITY FOR ALL SEASONS - SEASON II, which is a group exhibition of paintings relating to Durban, the city and its environs. The exhibition will run through until Xmas.

Fat Tuesday (Bellevue Rd, Kloof 031 717 2785)


The Durban Natural Science Museum (First Floor, Durban City Hall 031 311 2256/42) is the most-visited natural science museum in the country, attracting just under 300 000 visitors annually. Experience the boma storytelling area, plasma screens showing natural history scenery throughout the galleries, a life-size reconstruction of Tyrannosaurus Rex and realistic diorama exhibitions. The Natural Science Museum Research Centre offers the public access to the third largest collection of birds in Africa! Open Mon-Sat 08:30-16:00; Sun & holidays 11:00-16:00.

Education on the Holocaust and other human rights abuses at Durban Holocaust Centre (Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga Rd 031 368 6833 or 

Explore nautical history at the Natal Maritime Museum (Small Crafts Basin 031 311 2230), with regional culture & history at the Campbell Collections (220 Gladys Mazibuko Rd: tours 031 207 3432, library 031 207 3711) and southern African artefacts at Phansi Museum (Cnr 41 Cedar & Esther Roberts roads 031 206 2889).

There’s apartheid history at Kwa Muhle Museum (130 Braam Fischer Rd 031 311 2213) and Cato Manor Heritage Centre (750 Rick Turner Rd 031 261 3216); Indian culture at Durban Cultural & Documentation Centre (Cnr Epsom Rd & Derby St 031 309 7559); colonial & pre-colonial history at Old House Museum (31 St Andrews St 031 311 2261) and Old Court House Museum (77 Samora Machel St 031 311 2225); and information on the 1848 German settlers at Bergtheil Local History Museum (16 Queens Ave, Westville 031 203 7107).