What’s on in Durban: Festivals, Art, & Culture

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Music in Durban

Durban is a vibrant, multicultural city with a great sense for outdoor festivals and occasions due to its great weather and superb location along the warm Indian Ocean and. Each weekend there are numerous festival, music, art and cultural events on show, so make a point of hopping in your car and getting yourself entertained this weekend.

Starting off with South Africa’s Got Talent, auditions are being held in Durban this weekend to find the next national stage superstar, with the judges looking for singers and dancers as well as magicians, jugglers, fire eaters, contortionists and other areas of talent. If you have talent and confidence and want to be a star then head down to the Olive Convention Centre this Saturday. You can pre-register and get more information online.

Then the 16th Annual African Renaissance Festival held at the ICC in Durban ends over the course of this weekend, having started on Tuesday. The festival consists of a Youth Conference, which is a one-day event focusing on achieving personal success, and also the African Renaissance Conference, which is held on Thursday and Friday with the theme of ‘Africa in Motion’. The conference focuses on maritime, aviation, tourism, media and communication in Africa. A banquet dinner will feature the Toyota CEO as guest speaker, with entertainment provided by the Treble Trio, and the music concert on the final Sunday will be held at the ICC arena and feature MiCasa, Uhuru and DJ Sgqemeza.

Scottsville Racecourse in Pietermaritzburg will feature Run Wild at the Golden Horse Sprint on Saturday, a colourful and exciting day to be seen under the blue African sky featuring live performances by MiCasa and Zakes Bantwini.

Head off to the Stables Lifestyle Market in Jacko Jackson Drive for African Drumshack Entertainment and try your hand at Djembe drumming, with classes taking place on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. Djembe drums are large African drums with a fabulous sound, and group and drum circles are a blood-pumping experience.

Alternatively, enjoy at day at the Lifestyle Flea Market at the same location near the Moses Mabhida Stadium with its antiques, book stalls, craft stalls and variety of foods as well as a licensed pub, which is sure to be fun for the whole family.

The ArtSPACE Gallery is holding an exhibition on the artistic journey of self-expression by Andrew Swanepoel called Visualising the Creative Process, which will end on Saturday.

Finally, you can take in the rhythmic sounds of India with the Kala Darshan Institute of Classical Music and Dance, who will stage their Peshkar Rhythms of the North at the Ved Madir venue in Chatsworth.



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