SA Insider: Weekend lowdown in Durbs

2017-06-18 16:46 - Ishani Chetty
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Durban is keeping us on the edge of our seats and maybe not even in them as the weekend of 23 -25 June is filled with activities. From basking in the goods at local markets to get that authentic Durbs vibe at Shongweni Farmers Market. to hopping on a Sunday train ride. For a bargain value family day attend The Food and Festival for only R50 each. 

Exploring the local delights and celebrating the first World Whale conference held in Durbs - it is bound to be buzzing. We are looking forward to a weekend of culture, arts and deepening our understanding of the youth and the societal struggles faced at The Asiphaphame exhibition. The events lined up provide a good round up of activities - whether you feel like dancing the night away to jazz tunes or taking it easy with a pint Durbs has it all. 

Why not mix it up of the 23 -25 June? 

Friday, 23 June

SEE: For your local fix of food and crafts - make your way to the Stables flea market held from 18:00- 22:00. Its filled with fun and live entertainment as well as activities for the kids. It hosts stalls from all over the world, from China to India.

DO: June is Youth Month and the festivities continue - The Bat centre will be hosting the Asiphaphame Youth Day exhibit. The exhibit explores youth identity and consumption to further understand it. The aim of the exhibit is to make the youth consciously aware of oppression and to open a platform of discussion. Entrance is FREE. Open from 15:00 till late.  

TASTE: Some local hip hop tunes and a cheesy- delicious burger sounds wonderful right? Cheese Burgers and hip hop is happening at The Plant from 17:00 onward. R80 gets you in, buy tickets here.  Local artists, Easy Freak and Ryan the Dj and much more are set to perform. 

EXPLORE: The world of ice and elegance in The Snow Queen ballet show by Domaine's School of Dance at the Hexagon Theatre.  R60 gets you a seat - purchase tickets here. 

Saturday, 24

SEE: View the country charm of Durbs by visiting the Shongweni Farmers Market. Local and organic veggies can be purchases along with an array of delicacies from all over, from French terrines to Mediterranean specialties.  Open from 6:30 - 11:30,  Entrance is FREE.  

TASTE: For a day of tasteful delights and a nice craft pint The Food and Beer Festival at Sugar Rush is the ideal venue! R50,00 tickets can be bought at Mozambik Ballito. It will run from 12:00 - 17:00. 

EXPLORE: The first ever Whale conference is this weekend - to get involved head over to The Welcoming Whale festival at Ansteys beach . It runs from 09:00 - 15:00 and includes a market, food as well as beach activities. This is a day for the whole family! 

SEE:Welcoming of whales: Africa's first World Whale Conference to be hosted in SA

Sunday, 25 June

SEE: The local star Louise Carver at The Sunset Concert, relax to her soulful voice and enjoy the food and drinks available to purchase. Bring old blankets which will be donated at the end of the event to the SPCA.  R170 for adults and R90 for kids. Starting at 13:00 for 15:00. Purchase tickets here.

DO: Hop onto the Umgeni Steal Railway on the Inchanga choo- choo for an ride of adventure - departing from Kloof station route to Inchanga station craft market and tea garden. There are two trains departing - from 8:30 - 11:30 and 12:30-16:00 giving you more than enough time to laze about and explore the market. Booking is essential and can be done here. Adults R240, Kids and Pensioners R170. Do take cash with - no card facilities at market. 

TASTE: For the best local market and tasteful bites that will keep you coming back for more visit The Wonder Market at Chris Saunders Park. Open from 09:00 - 14:00. 

EXPLORE: Cool off the weekend with some jazz tunes while gazing at ocean views at The Bat Sunday Jazz Sundowners. Playing a funky fusion of live 'Afro- pop' and jazz from 15:00 till late.

TOP 5 EVENTS - 30 June - 24 July 

1.  Vodacom Durban July 

Durban's event of the year - known for its socialite status as well as high fashion. The event is much more than horse racing and is about the expression of self through fashion. It is known as Africa's greatest horse racing event. 

Date : 1 July 2017

Cost: R220 purchase tickets here

Time:  start at 09:00

2.  The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice

Where better to take the kids then the magical show of Disney on Ice  as it makes its way to Durban - the show is promised to be filled with familiar characters from Dory in Finding Nemo to Woody in Toy Story. Let your inner child come out and play as you enjoy this show with the kids. The show will be held at the Durban International Convention Centre 

Date: 13 - 16 July 2017  

Cost: R90 - R400 purchase tickets here

Time: start at 14:00

3. Creighton Aloe Steam and Hot air balloon festival 2017 

A steam train ride adventure along the Ngogwaan river that will allow you to be witness to the many various colors and beautiful aloes. On the train there will be snacks and drinks available to buy. Three hours in total but well worth the ride as there are two stops along the way and you are able to take splendid photos of the lush aloes along the river. This wonderful festival is inclusive of a mountain bike trail and a hot air balloon ride as well as a thriving market.

Date: 14 - 16 July 2017 

Cost: Price dependent on size of coach - R280 adult, R230 kids purchase tickets here.

Time: start at 10:00, 14:00 and 12:00 on Sunday 16 July 2017

4. Fact Durban July Rocks 

A music festival that is purely local with an energy that is undeniably infectious. Head over to Fact Durban July Rocks to enjoy the best local artists as it promises to be bigger and better than 2016.  

Date:  2 July 2017

Cost: R250 - R1750 purchase tickets here.

Time:  From 18:00 - 06:00

5. Music at the Lake : Durban Botanic Gardens 

A live screening of the classic and all- loved Lion King movie. This event is for the whole family and is an evening to be enjoyed. 

Date: 8 July 2017 

Cost: R80 - R95 purchase tickets here. 

Time: start at 17:30 

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