The Battery Dance Company

17 – 21 Sept

Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre, KwaMashu

The Battery Dance Company is dedicated to the pursuit of artistic excellence and the availability of the Arts to everyone. An integral part of New York City for 35 years, Battery supports the creative process; educates children in the New York City schools; enriches the general public through local programs and performances, national and international tours, and international arts exchange programmes. It will be partnering with Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in KwaMaushu.

Entry: free and is open to the public.


Mahatma Gandhi & Satyagraha Awards Evening

18 Sept – 5pm

Durban City Hall

The Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace 2012 will be presented to Dr Kennneth Kaunda in recognition of his contribution to the freedom of Zambia the support of South Africa’s struggle and the promotion of peace in Africa. Satyagraha Awards for outstanding service will be presented to: Denis Goldberg, Mewa Ramgobin, Steven Bantu Biko, Rev Susan Barbara Brittion, Justice Zak Yacoob and Dr John Langalibelele Dube

Contact: Ela Gandhi at
Entry: Invitation / ticketed


KZN Newsmaker of the Year

19 Sept

City Hall

Durban University of Technology and Celebrate Durban is hosting a gala dinner for the KZN news-maker of the year. The Journalism advisory board initiated the event last year during which Hassim Amla was voted 2011 Newsmaker of the year.

Four nominees have been shortlisted by panel of journalists and editors to be eligible for the Newsmaker of the Year Award this year. The four nominees are: the City of Durban for Cop 17; Vera Hecht who negotiated with Somalia hostage takers for the release of her brother Bruno Pelizzari and his partner Deborah Calitz; the Save the Rhino KZN campaign and AmaZulu Football Club

Vote the public can SMS the name of the person they are voting for 34382. SMS are R2 and l proceeds from SMS line goes towards bursary fund.

Contact: Vasantha Govender –  / 031 373 2106
Entry: Gala Dinner by Invitation only – public vote via SMS


Lifeguards Activities

19 Sept from 9.30am

North Beach

The lifeguards of the Parks Recreation & Culture Unit of eThekwini Municipality will showcase their skills competitively with the following events:

1. Run swim run Race
2. torpedo Buoy rescues
3. malibu board rescues
4.Ski Rescue Races
5. Jet Ski rescues
6. Beach relays
7. Flag races. The Beach Awareness programme will impact on approximately 300 learners from invited schools

Parks and Recreation
Entry: Free


Mzansi Festival

19 – 24 Sept

A series of family events will be taking place near the Sunken Gardens, the Amphitheater as well as the old Beach Party site on Durban North Beach.

On 19 Sept: Scavenger Hunt – North Beach;

20 Sept: Comedy Night in the Sunken Gardens Amphitheatre;
21 Sept: Durban Fashion Fair After Party in the Sunken Gardens Amphitheatre;
22 Sept: Hip Hop night North Beach;
23 Sept YO TV World on North Beach; and
24 Sept there will be a beach party on North Beach.


Shared History - The Indian Experience

19 – 22 Sept

Shared History prides itself on showcasing the finest and most exceptional that Indian culture and providing an ongoing exchange between India and South Africa.

The High Commission of India in South Africa presents two events at the Playhouse in Durban - Theatre: Nothing like Lear on 19 and 20, and Dance: Nrityagram Dance Ensemble; Sriyah - excerpts from a decade of dance making on 21 and 22. New National Assurance is one of the season sponsors

Contact: For further information on the festival please visit the Shared History website –
Entry: Bookings at Computicket 0861 915 8000 / 


Quiz Competition

20 Sept

Natural Science Museum

At Natural Science Museum and is a culmination of schools from different Districts within eThekwini Municipality competing on Quiz based on certain books given to finalists prior to the competition.
Contact: Sbo Doncabe 031-311 2410
Entry: learners


Local History Museums Bridge City Zulu Culture Exhibition: Beadwork in Zulu Culture

20-24 Sept

Bridge City, KwaMashu

The exhibition looks at the history of beads from the Middle East and Europe via Arab traders into South east Africa. All traditional Zulu beadwork, excluding items used by ritual specialists, relates in some way to courtship and marriage. It also assists in regulating behaviour between individuals of opposite gender.

This exclusively feminine craft has an intuitive fluency found only in inspired forms of poetry and visual art.

Contact: Khanya Ndlovu
Phone: 031 3112225
Entry: Free


International Peace Day Youth Forum

21 Sept – 8.30 - noon

Council Chambers, City Hall

The World Conference on Religion for Peace (WCRP); The Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking (HIVAN) in PARTNERSHIP with the eThekwini Municipality invite interested people to the International Peace Day Celebration Youth Forum. The theme is Singing for Peace. Each school gets five minutes per item, write your own songs, poem or message

Venue: Council Chambers, eThekwini Municipality; Dr. Pixley Ka Seme Street, Durban, South Africa (West Street Entrance to Mayors Parlour, Durban City Hall)
Contact: and to RSVP SaydoonSayed -
Email: or
Fax: 086 676 3612 or 031- 3735404 or 073 241 3260


One City - Many Cultures Street Parade /
Durban Annual Sand Castle Competition /
Walk-a-Mile International Rhino Day /
Street Wheelchair Basketball /
Seashore Dance Extravaganza /

22 Sept

8am: Walk-a-Mile International Rhino Day:
From Virgin Active Moses Mabhida Stadium to New Beach
Register on
Adults R40. Kids R20.
Walkers will receive a rhinomarch T-shirt (limited stock)


Durban Sandcastle Contest – New Beach
Registration 8h00-9h30
Limited sites available and cool prizes to be won
Contact: Gabriella Peppas 078.583.5517

10h00 – 13h00 – One City - Many Cultures Street Parade – City Hall to New Beach Amphitheatre. The streets of Durban will come alive on Saturday morning with decorative funky floats through town – accompanied by municipal vehicles, as well as drum majorettes and live jazz bands. This is the national celebration of Heritage Day and will be held in Durban.

Contact: Skumbuso Xaba
Phone: 082 087 1392
Entry: Entrance is free and all are welcome

From 4pm until 6pm - Street Wheelchair Basketball – New Beach Amphitheatre
to showcase three on three demo basketball games.

From 20 – 25 Sept, there is a national wheelchair basketball tournament in Umlazi. Participants will be move to new beach on 22 Sept.
Contact: Thembi Khanyile- 0823991739
Entry: Free

18h00 – till late: Seashore Dance Extravaganza – New Beach Amphitheatre
With the ocean as a backdrop, using the portable stage, there will be a ballroom and latin showcase and demo dancing. The programme will include wheelchair dance and open sessions.
Contact: Thembi Khanyile- 0823991739
Entry: Free


Durban Business Fair

22 / 23 / 24 Sept

Durban Exhibition Centre

The Fair is an annual event to afford businesses an opportunity to showcase their products and services, network and establish business links with big businesses; acquire and share information to enhance their businesses. Over 500 exhibitors including national exhibitors, are co-ordinated across all sectors to participate. In excess of 15 000 visitors are anticipated during the show. The conference attracts small and big business to listen to high profile speakers to the public and private sector discussing imperative issues affecting the growth of businesses.

Contact: Winile Mntungwa
Phone: (031) 311 4442
Entry: Entrance is free and all are welcome


International Sister Cities Pavilion

22 / 23 / 24 Sept

Durban Exhibition Centre

Various businesses and organisations from Durban’s sister cities will be participating in the Durban Business Fair, to showcase their wares, talents and services and to develop connections with Durban.

Contact: Shelley Gielink
Phone: (031) 3112049
Entry: Entrance is free and all are welcome


Flavours of Durban

22/ 23 / 24 Sept

Durban Exhibition Centre

This exciting annual event features chefs and culinary specialists from Durban’s various sister cities with signature dishes from their respective places of origin during regular food demos at the Flavours stand, complemented by chefs from top local restaurants.

Contact: Gary Clayton - 073 237 9507  /
Entry: free


Durban Design a Drink

22/ 23 / 24 Sept

Durban Exhibition Centre

The Independent On Saturday Design Durban’s Drink is an annual event which strives to find a drink which is synonymous with Durban. There are two categories – alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Durban’s barmen and restaurants compete to design the ultimate cocktail of Durban. The public are invited to watch the panel of judges select the best from the six finalists who create their designed drink on stage. Patrons will have a chance to vote for their favourites at the participating bars and restaurants – and win prizes.

Contact: Gary Clayton - 073 237 9507 /
Entry: free


6th Maskandi Experience

22 Sept from 9am

Umlazi Megacity

Beyond Ideas hosts the Maskandi Experience - a celebration of the genre itself, the performing artists thereof, their achievements and also how they continuously raise the bar and elevate the music. The Maskandi Experience not only benefits the Maskandi artists but also incepts traditional music to people of all age groups, in turn growing our culture and music.

Contact: Syanda Sibiya / Futhi Maluleka: Beyond Ideas
Email: / 
Event Website:
Phone: 0822671679 / 076 138 7548
Entry: Free


City Celebration of Dance

22, 23 Sept at 7pm

Durban City Hall

We Are Durban are hosting a showcase of some of the different styles which Durban has to offer – from Indian to gumboot, to ballet to krump to pantsula and traditional African and contemporary and hip-hop and Latin American. Also have celebration of singing – from traditional and rapper / poet, Max and Tswi from Mics of Thunder. Shannon Kenny and Ryan Littleton are guest singers. The dancing and music will be totally collaborative - breaking cultural and artistic boundaries.

Performance on 21 Sept for city’s underprivileged and homeless. Human trafficking NGO, Red Light will be present for this performance

Contact: Jade Ribeiro – 083 299 5059
Entry: free - but guests are invited to donate towards various worthy city NGOs - We are Durban, Zoe Life, iThembalethu, Red Light.


Enviro Expo New Germany Nature Reserve

25 Sept: 8am until 2pm

Enjoy an open day and explore the New Germany Nature Reserve. Schools and enviro organisations are especially welcome!

Entry Free


Maritime Museum Exhibition

26 Sept Onwards

Port Natal Maritime Museum

The photographic exhibition depicts the history of the Port Natal and the busy Port of Durban. The port has been intimately connected with the development of Durban. This exhibition is about the development of the port over the past 170 years. During this period major changes took place in powering ships and machines - from wind and hand to steam and electricity.

Entry: R5 for adults and R3 for children.
Contact: 031 3112230 / 31


Creative Writing Competition

26 Sept

The competition is at Botanic Gardens and is a culmination of schools from different competing on creative writing in different language categories, i.e. English, isiZulu and Afrikaans.

Contact: Shiella Beheria -l 031-311 2410
Entry: learners


Ethnographic Images Exhibition Launch

26 Sept
Contact: DAG


Celebrating our Biodiversity: 3rd Maqgubu Ntombela / Ian Player Annual Lecture

27 Sept

The lecture encourages the youth of today to embrace nature and protect our heritage and to support conservation and community-based projects. It’s also dedicated to increasing conservation awareness amongst all people to live harmoniously, practically and spiritually with our land, with each other and within ourselves. In 2012, the “Stop Rhino Poaching” exhibition, in conjunction with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, will also be launched on the same evening as the lecture.

Venue: Durban Natural Science Museum
Contact: Busisiwe Gumede Phone: (031)311 2256
Entry: Invitation Only


Expressions Sessions

27 Sept - 7 Oct

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre / Open Air Theatre, UKZN

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Drama Programme (Howard College Campus) in collaboration with Life Check and Celebrate Durban presents Expressions Sessions - a festival of spoken word, hip-hop, graffiti, breakdance, and innovative theatre! This festival will amaze with alternate heartfelt and deeply engaged performances.

Seriously? written and performed by Durban’s inimitable spoken word rhyme master EWOK

27 September (Thursday): 7.30pm
28 September (Friday): 7.30pm
29 September (Saturday): 7.30pm
30 September (Sunday): 3pm
Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre
Entry – tickets Computicket

Directed by EWOK and Karen Logan and created in collaboration with a cast of Drama and Performance Studies students from Howard College Campus (UKZN), The Good Person of Such-A-One adapted from Bertolt Brecht which combines elements of Brecht’s signature style with contemporary Hip Hop and spoken word theatre.

4 October (Thursday): 7.30pm
5 October (Friday): 7.30pm
6 October (Saturday): 7.30pm
7 October (Sunday): 3pm
Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre
Entry – tickets Computicket

Life Check All Elements Battle of the Year competition includes a city wide freestyle event that includes breakdancing, graffiti art, beat writing and freestyle emceeing.

6 September (Saturday)

Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre (UKZN)
Entry – free


Miss Ethekwini 2012

28 Sept

Durban City Hall
20 gorgeous Durban women will all be competing for the coveted Miss Ethekwini crown. The finals will be held in a glittering gala event at the Durban City Hall.
Contact: Wiseman Gabela
Phone: 083 749 6480
Entry: R110 through Computicket


Newlands East Senior Citizen Health and Beauty Spa

28 Sept

Newlands East Community Hall

The elderly from in and around Newlands are being treated to a day of health and beauty. Senior Citizens will have a royal pamper day - grans can enjoy hairstyling and make-overs and for the grandpas there will be a barber shop, health talks and various spa treatments.

Contact: Rochelle Davidson 083 974 5755 / 031 311 2047
Entry: Entrance is free and all Newlands pensioners are welcome.


Indoni First Ever Cultural Carnival

28 Sept

Starting Point: Addington Beach at 5pm

Hosted by the Dept of Arts and Culture and supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

Info: Email:
Office: 0860555705
Fax: 0865919000


Cultural Miss SA

29 Sept

Moses Mabhida Stadium from 5pm

Hosted by the Dept of Arts and Culture and supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

Info: Email:
Office: 0860555705
Fax: 0865919000


Durban BAT Centre Music and Hip Hop Festival & Interpret Durban Art and Music Expo

29 Sept

The Bat Centre

The 3rd edition of Interpret Durban arrives September 29, at The Bat Centre. Through the month of September you can enter, with submissions due September 25. The event comes together as a final exhibition, and party, where great entries get awarded and the Muso Mix Comp provides a local soundtrack leading up to the special headlining artist to end it all.

Time: 18h00 - 02h00
Venue: Bat Centre
Admission: R50 at Computicket & R70 at the Door
Shuttle Service will be provided
More info:
Contact: / 078.583.5517 / 031 368 5909


Come and Play!!

29 Sept

St. Wendolins Centre

Come and Play: Fun recreational activities at an open space in Pinetown South. Activities are fusbal, pool table, chess, jumping castle, table tennis, umlabalaba, ingqathu / skipping etc. Fun family activity for the day.

Contact: Thembi Khanyile- 0823991739
Time: 08:00 16:00
Entry: Free


Conservancies Open Day

29 Sept

Westville Park

There will be an open day at Westville Park on 29 September encouraging the public to explore this beautiful green space. This event co-incides with a competition to find the best kept verges in greater eThekwini. Parks officials have been photographing what they consider to be the ten best kept verges in each district. The best verge will be chosen and awarded at the Conservancies Open Day event.

Contact Parks and Gardens

Entry – free and all welcome!


Youth Camp

30 Sept - 2 Oct

KwaMkhizwana (Greater Hillcrest)

An extensive youth programme has been put together to promote social cohesion. Youth will be engaged in different activities and sharing ideas.

Contact: Thembi Khanyile- 0823991739
Time: 09:00 21:00
Entry: - TBC

Old Mutual Music at the Lake

30 Sept at 2h30pm

Durban Botanic Gardens

The music at the Lake concerts are a great way to relax into a Sunday evening. The concert on 30 Sept features Hugh Masekela and Swazi Dlamini

Entry: tickets Webtickets or at the door - Kids R50 - General R100Gates Open: 13h00 (pre-sale ticket holders only) and 13h30 (on the day ticket purchases)

Start Time: 14h30
Cost: R100 Adult Pre Sale (R150 on the day) / 8-12 year olds R50 (under 8 free)
Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens at the Lake




Durban Friendship Soccer Tournament

1 – 4 Oct

Clermont – Sugar Ray Stadium

A long week tournament staged at Sugar Ray Xulu stadium and Clermont with 4 international teams - from Russia, Ukraine, Ghana, Czech Republic and also inclusion of local teams Orlando Pirates, School of excellence and eThekwini Football Squad. These are all U20 players.

Contact: Sports and Recreation: 031 311 44
Entry: free


Durban Friendship Tournament: Finals

5 Oct

Mr Price Rugby Stadium

The finals of the four day soccer tournament will see a fun family day involving music entertainment, a science expo and family activities

Contact: Sports and Recreation: 031 311 44
Entry: TBC


Durban International Blues Festival

2 – 7 Oct

Wilsons Wharf and Catalina Theatre

The festival, now in its 8th successful year will play host to a number of well-known bands and musicians including TheReals,Swart Piet, East Coast BluesBand, the Tim Wells Blues Band, Shiela de Blue Note,and the fabulously popular Albert Frost from Cape Town with fellow Capetonian’s Natasha Meister and the Boulevard Blues. This year sees the return of the popular Baret Blues, and new additions include the young band Customized and The DHS Band (Durban Boys High School), Raoul and Black Friday and many more and the cherry on top is the ever fabulous blues master from the USA –Jimmy D Lane but watch the press and the website for added programme information. There will be music workshops held through the week, where education on the blues as a genre will be focused on and delivered by Program Director Will Wallace and Festival Director Themi Venturas and other knowledgeable folk. Visit the website for more information.

Contact: Catalina Theatre Tel: (031) 305 6889
Publicist 0827479738
Email: /
Entry: Varied – some concerts free, some ticketed


KwaMashu Africa

6 Oct

Ray Rhiri and Friends
Kwa Mashu Sports Field

The KwaMashu Africa Festival 2012 on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 October showcases music, film, art and fashion at Freedom Valley in the heart of Kwa Mashu.

Friday’s activities at the Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre include films on Hip Hop culture and the inside story of Graceland as well as a full programme of interactive music workshops beginning at noon. The highlight on Saturday evening is the World Premiere launch of Ray Phiri’s “The Man, The Music, The Friendships” a concert, with The Graceland Band featuring Themba Mkhize, Bakithi Khumalo and Isaac Mtshali, and stellar special guests Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe) N’Faly Kouyate (Guinea), The Drummers of Burundi (Burundi) and Sacred Drummers (Reunion).

Festivities begin at noon with a Fashion Show by The House of Lindarco and move on to performances by a multi-cultural supporting cast including Selaelo Selota, John Ellis, Lendel Moonsamy and Holly followed by a late night DJ and hip hop contingent including DJ Black Coffee, Zakwe, DJ Siyanda, DJ Happy Girl, DJ Tunner and DJ le Soul.

Contact: For detailed info or Moses 082-4063045.
Entry: Tickets are R70 pre-festival and R100 on the day via Computicket.


La Fete:

7 Oct

Sutton Park Music and Arts Festival

Day event in the Sutton Park – French inspired music, market, family day

French music and French speaking communities based in Durban and Francophile countries

Contact – Alliance Francaise – 031 312 9582

Entry: free entry


Amashova National Cycle Classic

14 Oct

Race ends at Moses Mabhida People’s Park
Don’t miss this famous and established great Durban event! 106km national classic from Pmb to Durban! It’s a classic!
Date: Sunday 14 October 2012
Time: 06h00
Start: Pietermaritzburg City Hall
Finish: Moses Mabhida Stadium
Distance: 106km with full road closure

40km family fun ride from Hillcrest
Date: Sunday 14 October 2012
Time: 05h30
Start: Builders Way, Lillies Quarter, Hillcrest
Finish: Moses Mabhida Stadium
Distance: 40km with full road closure

Annie: 031 312 8896 / Melissa: 031 312 8896
Entry: participants need to register – website has details


Poetry Africa

15 – 20 Oct

Don’t miss this! A great line up of local and international poets feature in the 16th edition of the Poetry Africa festival at the Elizabeth Sneddon from 15 to 19 October, with the finale at BAT Centre on 20 October. The programme includes performances, music, book-launches, the Durban SlamJam, seminars, workshops, open mic sessions, and school programmes. Poetry Africa is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN). See for participant bios and programme details.

Ticket Prices are:

R 30.00 – General Public
R 15.00 – Students (With Valid Student Cards) & Pensioners
Contact: Sphindile Hlongwa
Tel: (031) 260-2506
Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre 15 – 19 October 2012
BAT Centre 20 October 2012 Finale

For more info visit:

3 November – date TBC


Durban’s Award Memorial Cup Ballroom and Latin American Dance Championship

Contact Neville Letard / BigBoy Zungu

Throughout Celebrate Durban

Throughout season

Tourism Month: Vaya Mzansi

A far reaching initiative to encourage tourism to the city’s various bustling townships and rural areas.
Contact: Dumi Mbatha – 031 322 4177 /


Township Tourism Activations and Promotions

A far reaching initiative to encourage tourism to Umlazi, Clermont and Inanda
Contact: Dumi Mbatha – 031 322 4177 /


The Coca-Cola Bunny Chow Barometer

Hot Stuff! Judges will visit the city’s top bunny chow outlets to find out who is making the city’s best bunnies. Watch the press to see where the judges will be! Support your favourite bunny outlets to show your support for the city’s favourite original food! The final will feature the city’s top ten bunnies competing for the title in both vegetarian and meat options

Contact: Kas Naidoo
Phone: 083 278 8166