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TOP 5 SAIFTA FILMS ANNOUNCED

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With only five days to go until the inaugural SAIFTA (South Africa India Film and Television Awards) take place at the Durban ICC Arena, on Friday 6 September, the top five films and television series in both India and South Africa, have been announced.

 

TOP 5 SOUTH AFRICAN FILMS:

A Lucky Man, directed by Gordon Clark

Die Wonderwerker, directed by Katrina Heyns

Little One, directed by Darell Roodt

Pretville, directed by Linda Korsten

TOP 5 SOUTH AFRICAN TV SERIES:

7de Laan, Sasani Studio

Isidingo, Morula Pictures/Endemol

Binneland, Stark Films

Crimes Uncovered, Clive Morris Productions

Isibaya, Bomb Shelter

A South African jury was responsible for judging the South African films and the top 5 films from India (see attached list), were selected by the jury members from India.

 

The South African panel members are:

Welcome Msomi, Playwright, Producer, Director & Chairperson of The KZN Film Comission

Peter Rorvik, former director of the Durban International Film Festival, and The Centre for Creative Arts

Linda Bukhosini, CEO and Artistic Director, The Playhouse Company

Leleti Khumalo, Actress and radio personality

Caroline Smart, Living Legend Award-winner

Saira Essa, Television Producer

The jury members from India:

Farah Khan, Director

Waheeda Rehman,Actress

Shabana Azmi, Actor

Boman Irani, Actor

Mukesh Bhatt, Producer

 

SAIFTA is backed by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and Durban Tourism.

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal’s chief executive officer, Mr Ndabo Khoza, commented;  “Durban’s hosting of the SAIFTA’s for the next three years presents an exciting opportunity for Tourism KwaZulu-Natal to strategically leverage awareness of the province and its tourism offerings internationally, particularly within the Indian market, which continues to show tremendous growth potential. In 2010, the total number of outbound trips from India exceeded 12.5 million and in 2011 this grew by 11%”.  Outbound trips from India are expected to exceed 22 million per year by 2015. In 2012, KZN received a mere 2.4% of the over-100 000 Indian tourist arrivals into South Africa, which was valued to be in the order of 2.3 billion Rand. Tourism KwaZulu-Natal therefore has much to do in ensuring that KwaZulu-Natal becomes a key stop on the Indian traveller’s South African itinerary.

Mr Khoza added that Tourism KwaZulu-Natal will host a series of pre-SAIFTA educational tours around the province with itineraries designed specifically for the attending delegations of travel journalists, film producers, Bollywood celebrities and entertainment journalists respectively, providing TKZN the opportunity to further promote KZN as a leisure, business and film-making destination with the aim of ensuring that they return to India as ambassadors of the province.

Members of the public will be able to see their favourite stars arriving at King Shaka Airport this week.  The stars will address the welcoming crowd and there will be autograph opportunities:

AIRPORT ARRIVAL TIMES:

MON 2 SEPTEMBER :

EK AIRLINES (landing)  4.45pm:  Shalmali Kholgade

WED 4 SEPTEMBER:

LANDING AT 10.30AM:  Mona Singh, Shilpa and Apoorva Agnihotri

SAA (landing)  11.00am: Rithvick Dhanjani and Asha Negi, Ravi Dubey and Sargun Mehta, Aamir Ali and Sanjeeda Shaikh

SAA (landing) 4.45pm: Dia Mirza, Madhuri Dixit, Siddarth Malhotra, Mukesh Bhatt, Waheeda Rehman

THURSDAY 5 SEPTEMBER:

SAA (landing) 11.00am: Manish Paul, Elli Avram, Saurabh Varma, Mehta Apoorva, Amy Jackson

SAA (landing) 4.45pm: Karan Johar, Rucha Pathak

EK  AIRLINES (landing) 4.45pm: Manish Malhotra

FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER:

SAA (landing) 11am:  Priyanka Chopra

 

Apart from the film awards, guests can expect a packed and vibrant entertainment programme featuring Bollywood stars acting, singing and dancing with local stars like Aaron McIlroy, Jailoshini Naidoo and Karen van Pletsen.

Local film stars attending include the likes of Jack Devnarain, Hennie Jacobs, Maurice Paige, Latoya Mangezi, Thembi Nyandeni, Nandi Mngoma, Vinette Abraham, Zethu Dlomo, Robert Whitehead and Donnalee Roberts.

Red carpet presenters are Tatum Keshwar and Simba Mhera. The event is billed to be one of the social occasions of the year.

 

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Durban Mother’s Day Concert: Top 5 reasons why the Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert is the ultimate Mother’s Day outing this Sunday.

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Top 5 reasons why the Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert is the ultimate Mother’s Day outing this Sunday.

 

Tickets on sale from Webtickets.

 

Old Mutual Music at the Lake: Mother’s Day featuring Mango Groove and Aaron McIlroy

As Mother’s Day approaches, families in Durban have the perfect opportunity to celebrate in style at the highly anticipated Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Durban Botanic Gardens, this special concert on Sunday, May 12 promises an unforgettable experience for all.

 

Here are the top five reasons why you should spend Mother’s Day at Music at the Lake:

 

Legendary Live Performance:

Prepare to be mesmerized by the legendary Mango Groove as they take the stage with their unique blend of pop, rock, and traditional South African music. Their infectious energy and timeless hits will create a magical atmosphere that’s perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day.

 

Comedic Entertainment:

Alongside Mango Groove, comedian Aaron McIlroy will keep the laughter flowing with his comedic talents. From hilarious anecdotes to clever observations, Aaron’s performance guarantees a side-splitting experience for all ages.

 

Spectacular Venue:

Nestled around the picturesque Lake area of the Durban Botanic Gardens, this event offers more than just music. Attendees can immerse themselves in the beauty of one of Africa’s oldest botanic gardens, surrounded by lush greenery and serene waters.

 

Community Spirit:

Sponsored by Old Mutual, the Music at the Lake series is a testament to the power of community and cultural heritage. Through their support, Old Mutual aims to create lasting memories and bring people together through the universal language of music.

 

Picnic-Style Experience:

Bring your own food and drinks and relax on the shaded lawns of the gardens as you enjoy a delightful picnic-style afternoon. With Cooler boxes charged at only R50 at the gate, attendees can indulge in a feast for the senses while soaking in the vibrant sounds of the live performance.

 

“We’re thrilled to be part of such a special event, celebrating love, connection, and kindness on Mother’s Day,” said Claire Johnston from Mango Groove. “Join us at the Durban Botanic Gardens for an unforgettable afternoon of music, laughter, and cherished moments.”

 

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day with your loved ones in a setting that blends nature, music, and laughter. Secure your tickets now from Webtickets and make memories that will last a lifetime.

 

EVENT INFO:

 

Old Mutual Music at the Lake: Mother’s Day featuring Mango Groove and Aaron McIlroy

Date: Sunday 12 May

Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens

Times: Gates open 13h00 – Music starts 14h00 – Show ends 17h00.

PLEASE NOTE: Cooler boxes charged R50 at the gate. Bring your own picnic, drinks, chairs and blankets.

Ticket link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/Event.aspx?itemid=1546391165

 

Follow Music at The Lake online:

Official Website: ww.musicatthelake.co.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MATLDBN

Instagram: www.instagram.com/musicatthelake

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Durban Mother’s Day Concert: The Old Mutual Music at the Lake

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The Old Mutual Music at the Lake series returns for a special Mother’s Day concert on 12 May at the Durban Botanic Gardens.

 

Old Mutual Music at the Lake: Mother’s Day featuring Mango Groove and Aaron McIlroy

Date: Sunday 12 May
Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens
Times: Gates open 13h00 – Music starts 14h00 – Show ends 17h00.

PLEASE NOTE:
~ Cooler boxes charged R50 at the gate.
~ Bring your own picnic, drinks, chairs and blankets.

 

Ticket Prices

Phase 1:

Adults (Over 12) R195
Kids (U12) R100
Kids (U4) R10

Phase 2:

Adults (Over 12) R225
Kids (U12) R110
Kids (U4) R10

Phase 3:

Adults (Over 12) R250
Kids (U12) R120
Kids (U4) R10

 

Ticket Link:
https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/Event.aspx?itemid=1546391165

 

The highly anticipated Old Mutual Music at the Lake series is back with a special concert in celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12. The event will take place at the stunning Durban Botanic Gardens, nestled around the picturesque Lake area.

Music enthusiasts and families alike can look forward to an unforgettable live performance by the legendary Mango Groove, known for their unique sound that blends pop, rock, and traditional South African music. In addition, comedian Aaron McIlroy will entertain the audience with his comedic talents, making this concert an unmissable experience for all ages.

Claire Johnston from Mango Groove is excited to return to Durban Botanic Gardens for the concert, saying “We’re so thrilled to be coming back to this glorious venue for the first time in several years. Mothers’ Day is the perfect opportunity as we get to celebrate love, connection and kindness”.

The Old Mutual Music at the Lake series is the longest-running live music series in KwaZulu-Natal, offering a relaxing and entertaining Sunday afternoon in a beautiful outdoor setting. The event is staged at the Durban Botanic Gardens Lake area, the oldest botanic gardens in Africa, providing a serene backdrop with its lush gardens and abundant wildlife.

“Old Mutual’s sponsorship of the Music at the Lake series underscores our deep-rooted commitment to nurturing community spirit and celebrating cultural heritage. We believe in the power of music to bring people together and create lasting memories, especially on occasions as special as Mother’s Day. Our support for this series shows our dedication to the arts and the communities we serve. We are proud to create platforms where talent, laughter, and family joy can flourish in the heart of Durban’s historic Botanic Gardens,” said Thobile Tshabalala, Head of Brand at Old Mutual.

Attendees are invited to bring their own food and drinks (cooler boxes charged R50 at the gate), blankets, and camping chairs to enjoy a delightful picnic-style afternoon on the shaded lawns of the gardens. Concert-goers can soak in the vibrant sounds of the live performance while observing an array of birdlife, including pelicans and spoonbills flying overhead.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with your loved ones at the Durban Botanic Gardens and experience an afternoon of exceptional music and comedy. Don’t miss out on this unique event that blends nature, music, and laughter! Get your tickets now from Webtickets.

 

Follow Music at The Lake online:

Official Website: www.musicatthelake.co.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MATLDBN

Instagram: hwww.instagram.com/musicatthelake/

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Durbanite Spotlight: The Kickstands

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In our latest Durbanite encounter, we step into the world of The Kickstands, a band that’s as vibrant and energetic as the city we all love. Welcome to another feature on Durbanart, where today we’re hanging out with Gary Nixon from The Kickstands. As they get ready for Splashy Fen and continue to make music that resonates with so many, we’re excited to chat with Gary about a few things: their tunes, what they love about Durban, and some fun, little-known facts.

Let’s jump into our chat with Gary and discover some new angles on both the band and our beloved Durban.

 

1. What draws you to Durban?

An active, outdoors lifestyle and the strong sense of community people share here.

2. Where is your favourite place to have breakfast in Durban, and why?

Mayfair, Durban North! Delicious, consistent and holds loads of memories

3. What Durban experience do all visitors need to try?

Promenade run/walk in the morning, swim around the peer and a Springbok game at Kings Park.

 

4. Nothing beats water, but where is a good Café or Bar in Durban?

Surf Riders

 

5. If you had to recommend a Durban spot to stay for the weekend, to an out-of-towner, where would you suggest?

If you’ve got the bucks, Oyster Box is mint! Otherwise come crash on my couch!

 

6. When did you know that music was your thing?

When people started paying me to do what I loved doing anyway

 

7. What’s your go-to shower song?

NOFX – Linoleum

8. You’re playing at Splashy Fen again this year. How many Splashy Fen’s have you been to? How many of those have you performed at?

I’ve been to 12 Splashy Fens, this will be my 11th time performing.

 

9. What’s your favourite thing about Splashy Fen?

The people, it’s what makes it what it is. Revelry.

 

10. Your Top Three Things to take to Splashy Fen?

My guitar, the vibes, and every year I try to convince a friend that’s never been to Splashy to come with me!

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