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NOW OPEN: Brainstorm Escape Rooms

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Brainstorm Escape Rooms is Durban’s newest live action puzzle game!
Have you got what it takes to escape in just under 60 minutes?

Step back in time and change history, locked in one of their fully kitted out themed rooms for 60 minutes. Crack the codes, decipher the riddles, find the keys, connect the puzzles and escape while ultimately beating the clock!

HOW IT ALL BEGAN:
Co-founders, Clint and Chelsea were visiting friends in Johannesburg when they decided to try something “different.” After searching online, they came across an “escape room” game and thought they would give it a try. Since then, they were hooked!

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Co-founders, Clint & Chelsea.

“From then on we could not stop talking about it and knew we had to do something like that here in Durban, but better! We researched themes and ideas and planned day in and out until we were happy with clever puzzles and interesting games that would captivate our audience.

All we had to do now is make this dream a reality. We chose the two themes “Saving Sherlock” and “Cabin In The Woods” as we wanted two very separate ideas and separate sort of games and features in the two rooms. We had all our games made up to our exact requirements and tried and tested everything until we were happy, (We are still working on “Cabin In The Woods” which should be up and ready soon!)”

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After many bumps along the way with finding the correct people and companies to help create what Clint and Chelsea envisioned, everything finally fell into place.

“Now that we have opened the room, “Saving Sherlock”, we are able to watch customers thoroughly enjoying themselves in the room and really experience the excitement that we imagined and wanted them to feel. We are now on the road to advertising our company and want to tell everyone about Escape Rooms by getting people to understand what they are and how much fun can be had in just 60 minutes with friends, family and co-workers.

We want to try and get Durbanites out and about and trying something new, taking their minds off the day to day stress and diving head first into another time – solving riddles, finding clues and keys to ultimately unlock the mystery and the way out the room in a mind provoking, adrenaline filled mental challenge meant for everyone!

So far, we have had great feedback and would love to get the public to experience the fun, as we have had making these Escape Rooms for them.”

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WHEN WILL THE SECOND ROOM OPEN?
Cabin in the Woods will be opening in October around the 20th (Date subject to change, but keep an eye out on their FB page!)

HOW DO WE BOOK?
Bookings can be done online through the website: www.brainstormescaperooms.co.za
There’s a safe and secure online payment portal with Payfast.
Alternatively, customers can call and book telephonically on: 061 154 8290

WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT?
Brainstorm Escape Rooms is the ONLY escape room in Durban where the entire room has been designed and created by Clint and Chelsea – locally produced.

If you’re looking for something fun and different, then you should go and experience a truly mind blowing escape room adventure at Brainstorm Escape Rooms!
www.brainstormescaperooms.co.za
www.facebook.com/pg/brainstormescaperooms

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We sent a team from Durbanite to check out what the fuss was all about at Brainstorm Escape Rooms.

“When we arrived, it was a bit of a puzzle trying to find the actual place itself, because of our poor navigational skills! We laughed it off as we eventually found Brainstorm Escape Rooms.
Entering the room, we were greeted with bright hues of yellow and blue – the main colours from their logo!

We were offered drinks and sat down in the lounge, trying out small puzzles while Clint gave us the lowdown on what to expect – without giving too much away.

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Our team from Durbanite

We couldn’t wait to try out the game, so we left our drinks, packed away our bags along with our cellphones and were escorted into, what Clint and Chelsea referred to as the “Pre-Game Room”.
This, as we were told is a very new, unique and a first for escape rooms in SA, where the storyline behind why you are here and your mission at hand is no longer read out to you, but instead you experience an audio clip to set the scene. Sounds and voices coming through the speakers to really let your mind wonder and imagination take over to build anticipation for the challenge ahead.

So Chelsea told us to have fun, closed the door, checked we were alright, leaving us in a room with the lights off while we listened to the voice-over introduction.

When the voice-over ended, the door in front of us opened automatically and we rushed in to start the game.

It was amazing to see how our team of 5 worked together to solve the puzzles. We managed to escape with just over a minute to spare!
We all couldn’t stop talking about the experience afterwards, and noticed how each member played an important role in our success.

We can’t wait for the next room to be complete!”

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SPLASHY FEN MUSIC FESTIVAL IS READY FOR YOU

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Splashy Fen has 4 unique stage areas, over 150 local musicians, yoga, trail running, drumming, belly dancing, and didgeridoo classes, campsite flag competitions, a local SA day, a creative craft market, and inviting food court, silent disco, pop-up parties, dedicated kid-zone, art in the forest, cocktail viewing deck, Easter egg hunt, Sunday Easter service and so much more… not to mention fresh open air, star-speckled campfires, and glorious mountain views… all surrounded by a bunch of like-minded people who are grateful to be back on the Splashy Fen Farm after two years of being away.

The countdown to Splashy Fen is finally over!

This time next week, festival-goers will be lapping up the fresh mountain air as they embark on a 4-day sensorial experience at the 31st edition of the Splashy Fen Music Festival. Local duo Liam and Jane Magner of Veranda Panda are two such fans, who have been eagerly awaiting their return to Splashy Fen.

Veranda Panda

“Splashy Fen is a part of who we are now,” says Liam. It’s a kind of annual pilgrimage that helps us to reset, re-think and centre ourselves. Personally, my first Splashy Fen was an incredible experience. I remember being struck by the sense of freedom, kindness, and community. In recent years the festival has really managed to rekindle that spirit.“

When asked, as artists, how the pair coped through the early Covid months, they too were shaken to their core but have used the experience to adapt and find positivity in their challenges. “The whole experience has been horribly divisive and has definitely left the world with a hangover of mistrust and fear. We suffered financially in the first year as we lost every single performance job over the space of two weeks. We are grateful to have had other revenue streams, but it took us a while to adapt. However, we have changed for the better. Living through chaos, and coming out the other side, has helped us see things more clearly.”

Fans can catch this electrifying Durban act and listen the some of the great new music they have been creating, at 20h30 on Friday night at the Corona Splashy Fen Main Stage. Other acts to catch on Friday night in the impressive dome marquee include Mali Zulu, 4 AM, Steve Umcolo, a heart-warming Johnny Clegg Tribute, and Mango Groove.

Mango Groove (Mark Andrews © Daily Dispatch)

“We cannot wait to see Good Luck, Mango Groove, and Sean Koch this year,” says Magner. “But also, hanging out, laughing, relaxing, and meeting people is the part that we love the most. We have always been a fan of the energy between people there. Something magical happens under those mountains and for a few days, people are good to each other. We can’t wait.

Fans can take advantage of Splashy Fen’s brand new App. Log on and see who is performing when and where, find your friends, and build your own festival experience with reminders, updates, live tracking, and interactive community chats. The App is FREE to download here or visit http://woov.to/splashyfen

South Africa’s longest-running music festival will take place over the traditional Easter weekend from next Thursday the 14th of April to Monday the 18th of April 2022, and tickets are still available online or at the gate.

Buy Tickets Here or visit https://splashyfen.howler.co.za/events/splashy-fen-2022-e8fc

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THE COUNTDOWN FOR SPLASHY FEN MUSIC FESTIVAL HAS BEGUN

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The show will go on… in the rolling foothills of the Drakensberg as fans eagerly count down the days until the 2022 Splashy Fen Music Festival kicks off, after a 2 year covid-induced break. And as is to be expected, plans are well underway to ensure that festival goers get to enjoy the very best of local music talent, a beautiful outdoor environment, and a chance to be around like-minded people all longing for a sense of freedom and normality.

South Africa’s longest-running music festival will take place over the traditional Easter weekend from Thursday the 14th of April to Monday the 18th of April 2022, and a stellar line-up of local musicians has been released to get fans even more excited for a long-weekend of LIVE entertainment.

“It has been absolutely devastating to have missed out on two years of hosting Splashy Fen Music Festival”, says Splashy Fen Festival Director Stu Berry. “Not just for our fans, but for the musicians and artists who have had to struggle without work for so long. This is why this is a particularly special event for us, as we work together to reignite the LIVE music scene and to prioritise our local artists in the process. To say we are excited for the Easter long weekend is an understatement.”

Thursday will kick off the festivities with a selection of musicians across the 4 unique stage areas. Fans can look forward to the sounds of the Honeymooners, Mahala, Holy Funk, Isigqisasekhaya, and Freddy-L on the Acoustic Stage. The Treehouse Stage will host Lindo M, Angel Mazibuko, The Kickstands, and more; while The Main Stage area will be quiet on Thursday, but only for those not wearing the Silent Disco headsets blasting a selection of golden oldies and latest dance releases.

Friday’s line-up will include Hayden Rattray, Nipho Hurd, Jason Gladwin, Faraway George, Zen Garden, and more on the Acoustic Stage; Shawn Miller, Dawn Morey, David Fisher and a selection of DJs at the funky Treehouse Stage; while the River Stage will blast the sounds of Tanner Wareham, Out Cry and South Wolves from 10h45, and the Main Stage festivities will kick off with Mali Zulu, 4AM, Steve Umculo, Veranda Panda and the legendary Mango Groove.

The Main Stage will open with Abaqgqobi on Saturday afternoon from 5 pm, followed by Martin Gill, Neon Dreams, the Jägermeister Brass Cartel, Goodluck, and all-time crowd-pleasers Mi Casa. Fans can also catch 4AM, The Kickstands, Faraway George and Full Swing at the River Stage from 10h45; Seth & Reece, Tiaan the Muzo, Gav Ferguson, Matt Gardiner, and Jared Volschenk on the Treehouse Stage; and South Bear, TATUM, Apollo Motel, Rowan Stuart and more on the Acoustic Stage in the Food Court area.

The final day of the festival will not disappoint, with a jam-packed line-up to remind fans why LIVE music and entertainment are so good for the soul. Catch Kat & Kirst, Upbeat Demeanour, Musa Mashiane, and more on the Treehouse Stage from midday; wander over to the Acoustic Stage for some Rorke Hunter, Braxton Hix, Qadasi & Maqhinga, Robin Auld, and Sol Natives, head down to the river for a refreshing dip while enjoying the sounds of the Bradley Grey Band, The Mavericks, Crystal Park and Zebra, then back up to the festival site for some Main Stage awesomeness with Bad Peter, Sean Koch, Rubber DUC, Desmond and the Tutus and Jeremy Loops.

A very limited amount of tickets are still available on the Splashy Fen website: www.splashyfen.co.za. No day visitors will be allowed to the 2022 festival, and Covid protocols will be announced to ticket holders in the weeks leading up to the festival. For any additional information, please email the team at info@splashyfen.co.za.

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Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights Gets the Green-light for 2021

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 “It has been touch and go as to whether the 2021 event would even be able to take place this year,” says Alene Naidoo, Organiser of The Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights. “Last year was such a disappointment, when we had to close early, due to covid regulations; but we are have received the go-ahead from eThekweni Municipality and barring any major announcements from the President, we are optimistic that the 2021 show WILL go ahead as planned – kicking off on 3 December 2021.  This has been a challenging year in every way and this year’s event offers a celebratory moment for us all.”


Now in its fifth year, The Trail of Lights is a firm fixture on both the City and the Gardens’ festive season calendar,” says Martin Clement, Curator of the historical Gardens.  “We are grateful that our various media partners including East Coast Radio and Independent on Saturday, have joined with us again to bring Durban’s favourite festive event to as many people as possible. We are all desperate for some year-end relaxation and fun and that’s what you’ll get at The Trail of Lights.” 

With the Gardens festooned with thousands of lights, 2021 is sure to delight visitors of all ages, with world class lighting displays, nightly entertainment, charity activations, a food garden and festive characters.


The Trail of Lights will open on 3 December 2021 and run until 2 January 2022.   To meet protocol requirements and ensure the safety of patrons, key operational changes have implemented this year.  Most significantly, the introduction of three entry times at 18:00, 19:00 and 20:00 respectively.  This will allow for social distancing, as families can navigate their way around the trail before the next group arrives. There will be no ticket sales at the door.

The Trail of Lights takes place from 3 December 2021 to the 3 January 2022, excluding Christmas Day, in Africa’s oldest botanical gardens.
Tickets are extremely limited and NO tickets will be available at the door. Children two years and under enter for free.

Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za or Pick ‘n Pay.

TIMES & PRICES:

18:00 Entry R70 per person
19:00 Entry R65 per person
20:00 Entry R60 per person

 

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