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Saturday Vibes at DIGIFEST 4

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The fourth annual DigiFest, currently underway at various Durban University of Technology campuses ends this Saturday (November 11) with a creative line up of live performances .

DigiFest 4 celebrates the creative spirit through multimedia projects from disciplines such as visual and performing arts and promotes collaboration across art, science and technology.

On Saturday DUT Steve Biko Campus on the Berea becomes the focus with poetry and open mic sessions, a cross-platform theatrical piece entitled Duped, a Digital Design Battle closing the day with a great line-up of music by ByLwansta, Gaba, Rude Boyz, Moonchild, Sibot and Toyota and Sparks Bantwana.

Poets and hip hop artists that would like to take part in the poetry, open mic and hip-hop sessions can go online and register at digifest.dut.ac.za.

Duped by Ashwin Singh and directed by Debbie Lutge in collaboration with LCA Productions, 4 Room Entertainment, and Rite Studios, is an experimental multi-media experience, where realities converge and reconfigure through the medium of film, virtual reality, projections and live performance. The work is centered on satirical political expose, plus the remnants of entrenched South African stereotypes, and challenges whether democratic perceptions have shifted. These all conflate ensconced in space ships, military tactics, eyes in the sky, market espionage, androids and cyborgs. The piece takes place at the Courtyard at 6pm on Saturday.

Sibot and Toyota will perform at Digifest 2017

Sibot and Toyota will perform at Digifest 2017

Digital Battle, which takes place at the DUT Art Gallery on Saturday from 5pm to 9pm, is a live head-to-head design tournament where participants flex their skills in front of an audience and compete for some great prizes. The competitors will engage in a battle of their choice including 2D design, animation, character design and video editing. Entries are now open and close on November 9. Interested designers can sign up on www.designbattles.co.za/durban.html

All Digifest events are free, except for Saturday, where entrance is free for students and R40 for the public. The full programme can be found on the website digifest.dut.ac.za.

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Buzzart is Back & it’s All Green

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The KZNSA Gallery’s biggest local-only Christmas fair is open… and runs until 12 January 2020. This year’s Buzzart theme of ‘BEING GREEN’ focuses on goods and activities, that are recycled, up-cycled, reworked, previously loved, home-grown, indigenous, organic, carbon friendly – and beautiful.

As calls for climate change grow louder and people all over the world speak out about climate change and environmental catastrophe, it is incumbent on all of us to find ways to live greener and consume responsibly.

Artistic director of the KZNSA, Angela Shaw is encouraging shoppers to “avoid the busy malls and do your festive and new year shopping in your local neighbourhood instead, while supporting independent designers and makers. Not only does it take the stress out of the festive season, but it also reduces our carbon footprint and puts income back into the local economy,” Shaw adds.

Even though each one of this year’s artists, designers and artisans have produced a diverse variety of gifts, artworks and crafts, they all have one thing in common…to limit their impact on the planet!

By using sustainable materials, cutting down on packaging and single-use plastics and re-using / re-purposing, their work is promoting a zero waste lifestyle.

Chifunilo Mulusa

Chifunilo Mulusa

WHO’LL BE THERE ?

*  Internationally renowned designer, Amanda Laird Cherry and Louis de VilliersCollaborative Clothing Capsule

* Surf, Street, Skate Zone  – Granadilla SwimwearZigzag Magazine, Simon and Mary hats, Sealand BagsA Love Supreme beach towels

Plant Zone – Indigenous house plants for your Christmas table décor and Christmas trees from Gods Green Gifts, Dennis Dyas of Urban Muthi, Skokiana nursery, Eyako Green (recycled billboard plant bag range), Magic Bean Foundation (crochet planter bags from recycled plastic bags), Bonsai installation by Art Bouy, Bren Brophy.

Kids Zone – Books, décor, clothes & stuffed toys

Art – collectable Sthenjwa Luthuli original works, Grace Kotze and Janet Solomon paintings, Nikhil Tricam, Nindya Bucktowar, Lindani Nyadeni, Lungisani Ndlovu, Lindokhule Khumalo, Fiona Kirkwood, Karla Nixon, plus Ready to use frames

* Photography – Cedric Nunn, Samora Chapman, Helen Walne, Lisa Beasley, Keri Muller, Jerome Stoffels, Garth Walker, Madisa Buthelezi

* Art books & publications – specialist books and magazines at great prices

Upcycled & Organic Processes – Birgit Jewellery, Carole Paxton plant-dyed textiles, spectacular upcycled clothing and bags from Leandi Mulder, ZStitch and Pattern Nation

Cute Trash

Cute Trash

PROGRAMME

In addition to the Buzzart fair, a number of activations and exhibitions will be on offer to gallery visitors:

Café and Shopping evenings – every Thursday the Arts Café and BUZZART will stay open until 20.00 for shopping and delicious meals under the Acacias. These evenings are aimed at the whole Family, so bring the kids along after work or the beach …and make the most of Durban’s fabulous Summer weather.

–  14 – 24 November / PARK GALLERY – For ten days, view the photographic body of work, Still City, by Aik Christodoulou, as mentored by Matt Kay

– Every Tuesday & Thursday / GLASS BOX – From 10h00 – 14h00, award-winning Independent publication, Ja. Magazine, hosts free zine, collage and writing workshops

– LIVE MUSIC – With Tony Cox and daughter, Thuli Cox, on Thursday 19 December, 19h00

First Thursdays – evening trading and live music on Thursday 5 December 2019 and Thursday 2 January 2020, 16h30 – 21h00

Previously loved books and clothes vendors in the courtyard every Sunday from 24 November – Sunday 12 January.

By way of a guide to visitors to the gallery looking for the perfect locally-produced gifts, each week has been themed to focus on  particular offerings:

*  WEEK 1 –  18 November – Teacher’s gifts and indigenous Christmas trees

*  WEEK 2 –  25 November – Focus on Photography – The Park Gallery becomes a photography group show

*  WEEK 3 – 2 December – Home Upgrades – art, textiles, ceramics rugs, plants, Christmas decorations

*  WEEK 4 – 9 December – Kids holiday sessions, activities, street art, zine-making

*  WEEK 5 – 16 December – Focus on Books this long-weekend

*  WEEK 6 – 23 December – Stocking-fillers and last-minute gifts

*  WEEK 7 – 30 December – New Year Party clothes

*  WEEK 8 – 6 January – Back to School with books, bags and stationery

Birch House

Birch House

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Local Celeb Cat Skabenga – Poses For Portraits

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The well loved Royal Resident Feline at The Oyster Box, Skabenga has made Umhlanga’s ‘grand old dame’ his permanent home for many years – more than we know. Since his arrival he has made himself quite at home. He laps up the luxury of The Oyster Box and of course all the attention visitors to the hotel give him.

If you manage to pop into The Oyster Box at any given time you are sure to see Skabenga stretched the length of himself. In the entrance to the hotel, on loungers by the pool, on his favourite chair… anywhere of his choosing. He is Royalty after all.  

On one occasion, I have (admittedly) searched high and low for him and may (or may not) have posed for selfies.

Posing for portraits

Local artist Mandy Brockbank has painted some uniquely beautiful acrylic canvas portraits of our dear Skabenga. These are currently available for sale at The Oyster Box. The portraits depict Skabenga going about his daily (and very important) cat-business at the hotel.

If you are not familiar with the name Mandy Brockbank, we suggest you memorize it. This year she has showcased her works at the ECR House and Garden Show and been commissioned both locally and internationally to paint various murals, bespoke shop walls and believe it or not one-of-a-kind furniture!

Mandy paints on everything paint sticks to. Her works are alive with colour, refreshing, unique and not to mention, the woman has talent! If you are looking for something unique and special for your home or office get in touch with Mandy (details at the end of this article).

Skabenga – by Mandy Brockbank

Posing for the Cats of Durban Calendar

Skabenga is a celebrity in his own right with his own dedicated Facebook page.

This year he had his very own Safari themed birthday bash and has also posed for the Cats of Durban 2019‘Working Cats’ calendar. This calendar is filled with spectacular images of “working cats” uniquely captured by photographer Brendan Bromfield.

All the proceeds from the sale of these calendars will be donated to NPO Cats of Durban, who sterilise stray / feral cats and help educate the community!

We at Durbanite love Skabenga and look forward to keeping up to date on his adventures in 2019 and of course having a few cocktails at The Lighthouse Bar while we stalk him secretly.

We also hope to see local and lekker talents like Mandy Brockbank becoming household names. 

Contact info.

The Oyster Box: +27 31 514 5000

Mandy Brockbank: +27 83 991 3936

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EVERYONE LOVES THE I HEART SALE MARKET

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Durban’s iconic I heart Market is a welcoming space for fans to spend a morning outdoors with friends, browsing over 100 stalls filled with hand and homemade goodies, produced right here in South Africa.

This Spring, the I heart Market vendors will be doing a Spring Clean of their own, as they put all their best sellers on sale, giving shoppers a chance to really enjoy some of their favourite products at some seriously low prices.

I heart SPRING SALE Market takes place twice a year; September and February and it is an exciting day out for everyone involved. “The I heart SPRING SALE Market gives vendors an opportunity to offer their customers great deals with bargain bins, sale rails and special offers on their end of range items and older stock,” says Anna Savage, founder of the I heart Market.

The I heart SPRING SALE is a highlight of the year, both for our vendors and the shoppers. It’s a super exciting market with people arriving in throngs, and some of Durban’s finest creatives offering exceptional and well-made products for less. There’s a thrill that comes with discovering a beautiful item and then getting it at a fraction of the price.”

From fresh foods to local fashion, children’s toys and clothing to homeware, décor, jewellery and treats for every taste; the I heart SPRING SALE Market takes place on Saturday the 1st of September and trades from 9am – 2pm.

I Heart Market

I Heart Market

There’s a great buzz in the marquees as traders and shoppers negotiate special deals and prices; while others search for that special gem they’ve been coveting. Understandably, sales items go very quickly so get there early, grab your coffee and shop ‘til your hearts content.

Unlike a typical flea market, the I heart Market is not a place you come to find a bargain, but rather to discover beautiful, bespoke items and support local entrepreneurs and crafters,” says Anna. “We realized that it was important for us to channel any discounts into a specific Sale Market in order to maintain our reputation as one of Durban’s’ premium craft markets. That way our customers can look forward to finding great deals twice a year, and they can expect a top-class market showcasing Durban’s incredible makers for the rest of the year.”

If you can’t make this I heart SALE Market, be sure to catch their next SALE Market on 2nd February 2019 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban.

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