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Micasa at Durban Botanic Gardens



The Durban Botanic Gardens will come alive once more with the sounds of top South African musical talent; and families and friends will come from far and wide to enjoy the very first show in the Old Mutual Music at the Lake series for 2019.

DURBAN – Fans can expect a number of lively performances on Sunday the 30th of June, as the Old Mutual Music at the Lake series, together with East Coast Radio, have paired up 4 great acts for the first show in the 2019 music series.

Set in the lush Durban Botanic Gardens, surrounded by a canopy of trees and wild
life, soulful dance trio Mi Casa will bring their energetic spirit to 4 000 excited Durbanites.

They will be supported by the equally vibrant and infectiously fun Hot Water, from
Cape Town, as well as local Durban singing sensation Nipho Hurd, and the uber-talented Menzi Mngoma – the Uber driver who recently shot to fame when he sang Opera for one
of his passengers and the video they recorded went viral.

From complete strangers just 6 years ago, to a tight-knit, musically-gifted family-like trio, Mi
Casa never fail to delight the crowds. Their soulful house vibes spread good energy, their
dance moves pull fans to their feet and their music reaches and unites a diversity of
people from different backgrounds – something that fits perfectly with Durban’s uniquely mixed audience.

Forming the band are producer, DJ and keyboardist Dr Duda; singer/songwriter J’Something; and exuberant trumpeter Mo-T. These South African favourites are set to bring an energy to stage, like no other. And they’re excited about it:

“We are nothing without people.” Says J’Something, lead singer of the band. “All we want to do is spread good energy and make people dance. We’re looking forward to growing the familia across the globe, and we’re excited to bring a fresh vibe and perform our new single #TOCA for our Durban family!”

Old Mutual Sponsorship Manager Bandile Mngoma is excited to be back sponsoring the Music at the Lake series. “We know just how important it is to connect with people on platforms that ignite passion, enjoyment and relevance,” says Mngoma. “There is no better way to do that than with the power of the outdoors, community and music combined.”

“The Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert series has contributed immensely to the rise in popularity of outdoor music venues in South Africa. These concerts appeal to young and old and through Old Mutual’s involvement in these events, we are proud to demonstrate our commitment to being a responsible business who cares for the environments and the communities in which we operate.”

Even in the height of winter, Durban will be showing off, and the beauty of the Gardens will not disappoint! With picture perfect picnic spots, an opportunity for families and friends to enjoy each other’s company nestled among nature, all the while supporting local music; there’s no reason not to join Mi Casa and friends for a fun day out.

In addition to the superb experience created on the day, the proceeds from the Music at the Lake concerts are allocated by the Durban Botanic Gardens Trust to projects that assist with the maintenance and sustainability of the Gardens, ensuring it remains a place for all who visit to appreciate and enjoy.

Only 4 000 tickets are available for the Mi Casa concert via Early bird tickets cost R140 for adults, R80 for children between 6 and 12, and R20 for children Under 6. Standard ticket prices will go on sale from the 17th of June and the cost is R155 for adults, R100 for children between 6 and 12, and R20 for children Under 6.

Gates will open at 12h30 on Sunday the 30th of June, with the first act taking to the stage
from 13h00. Mi Casa will perform from 15h00. Secure parking is available on the umPhafa field at the Durban Botanic Gardens. Attendees are invited to spend the afternoon picnicking on the beautiful lawns, and are welcome to bring their own food, drink, blankets and camping chairs.

As Kwazulu-Natal’s premiere outdoor music venue, the Durban Botanic Gardens looks
forward to welcoming fans to a total of 5 confirmed shows for the 2019 Old Mutual Music at the Lake series, 7 shows for 2020 and another 7 shows for 2021.

The next show for 2019 will be an afternoon of fun with the Old Mutual Music at the Lake Folk Fest, featuring Freshlyground, Majozi & Louise Carver on Sunday the 28th of July.

For more information about this and other Old Mutual Music at the Lake Concerts, visit or contact the Durban Botanic Gardens on 031 322 4021.

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Diarise these upcoming Old Town Italy events



Don’t miss out on Old Town Italy’s upcoming events:

Pizza Making Class

We’re happy to let you know that Old Town Italy will be hosting regular Pizza Making Classes from Thursday, 17 June! 🍕
Old Town Italy brings you an evening filled with Antipasto’s, their house wine and an experience to create your own masterpiece with their esteemed chefs, for R325 per person🥂

🇮🇹 Book at Umhlanga between 5pm – 8pm. | 031 566 5008

Upcoming Classes:
15 July
19 August


24 June – La Dolce Vino

Join Old Town Italy for yet another incredible wine & dinner pairing, hosted at their Old Town Italy stores alongside Steenberg Wine Farm 🍷

Bring your Amico’s along and prepare to be taken on a wine journey, exploring 5 wines of which Steenberg has carefully selected to offer from their range of wines, paired with an exciting menu, curated by their in-house chef.

Allow the live entertainment to ease you into an evening filled with famiglia, fun & festivity 🎷
The evening begins promptly at 6pm on Thursday, 24 June

See the Menu below;

🥂 Welcome Drink
Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

🍴 La Minestra
Roasted Tomato and Red Bell Pepper La Minestra
Served with Parmesan Grissini
🍷 Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc

🍴 Antipasti Board
A Selection of Imported Italian Cheeses and Cured Meats.
Served with Traditional Sides
🍷 Steenberg Nebbiolo

🍴 Fesa di Agnello
Grilled Lamb Rump
Served with Cauliflower, Baby Peas & Marrow Ribbon Salad
Finished off with Mint Gremolata
🍷 Steenberg Merlot

🍴 Dolce
Classic Tiramisu.
Served with Wild Strawberry, Balsamic and Pink Peppercorn Compote.
🍷 Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir Cap Classique

Tickets are R425 per person. 🇮🇹

Bookings are essential.
Make your booking at your favourite store below: | 031 566 5008


3 July – Cake & Prosecco

Join Old Town Italy on the first Saturday of every month for a fun Cake-Decorating class, hosted by renowned bakers at their adored Old Town Italy stores.

Start your morning at 10am, where you will learn a series of cake decorating techniques while sipping on refreshing Prosecco.

This class is R750 per person & includes your own cake to decorate and take home, Prosecco and a selection of Old Town High Tea treats.

Upcoming dates & themes:
3 July – Naked Cake w/ Rice Paper Flower
7 Aug – Buttercream Flower

Bookings can be made below:
Umhlanga | 031 566 5008


9 July – Pasta Making Class

Enjoy a Pasta Making Class at Old Town Italy  Umhanga from 6pm for just R325 per person.
Grab your wine-loving partner and come join for a fun and pasta-filled evening.

On arrival, you’ll enjoy a light antipasto to warm the appetite as well as a bottle of wine to share during the class. Next, their head chef will teach you how to cook like an Italian and finally, prepare your homemade creation for you to enjoy in-store!

Seats are limited to 12 pax and booking is essential:
Here’s our calendar for the rest of 2021:
9 July | Spinach & Ricotta Tortellini
13 August | Tomato Fettuccine Pasta
10 September | Cavatelli Pasta
8 October | Sacchetti Pasta
12 November | Manicotti Pasta
10 December | Fusili al Ferretto

Bookings can be made below: / 031 566 5008

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The Durban Gin & Tonic Experience




The Durban Gin & Tonic Experience is supported by Hall & Bramley is guaranteed to be an unforgettable day out. Bringing you the best Gins and Mixers with Live Artists performing to keep you entertained.

Tickets include entry in to the event as well as a complimentary Festival Gin glass.

Saturday 8 May 2021
Gates open at 12:00
Event ends at 18:00

Northwood Crusaders.
The perfect setting for a Saturday sundowner in the picturesque lawns.

Please note tickets are limited to 500 so get yours early to avoid disappointment.
Early Bird – R160
General Admission – R180
Add a picnic hamper for R150

Tickets available at Webtickets:

This event is strictly over 18 – leave the kids at home
No own food or drink is permitted in to the venue
No weapons, drugs or illegal substances are permitted in to the venue
There will be cash and card facilities at the Cash Loading station
Don’t drink and drive – Arrive aliveCovid-19 protocols will be in place to make the event a safe environment for all in attendance with plenty of space for social distancing and sanitising stations. Don’t forget your face masks and personal sanitiser.

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La Dolce Vino – Old Town Italy Umhlanga




We are excited to announce that Old Town Italy’s La Dolce Vino evening will be happening every last Thursday of every month!

  • R425 per person
  • Start time: 6pm
  • Live entertainment
  • Last Thursday of every month

Why not indulge in Old Town Italy’s 4-course authentic Italian dinner menu, carefully paired with immaculate wines from the renowned Buitenverwachting wine farm, nestled in Constantia? 🍷

From 6pm you can be prepared to be taken on a culinary journey, with live entertainment to keep you entertained throughout the evening 🎶

View their delicious menu below:
Black Garlic Grissini,
Topped with Al Pomodoro
🍷Buitenverwachting Rosé

A Selection of Imported Italian Cured Meat, Cheeses and Preserves
🍷Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc

Hand-Made Short Rib Tortelloni
Braised in Sangiovese And Napolitana Sauce with Gremolata
🍷Buitenverwachting Meifort

Dark Chocolate Gelato Served with Millionaires Crumble
🍷Buitenverwachting Little Richard
Tickets are R425 per person. 🇮🇹

Bookings are essential:
Phone: 031 566 5008
Online booking:


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