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Old Mutual Music at the Lake, together with East Coast Radio, presents Folk Fest: a selection of South Africa’s finest acts at the Durban Botanic Gardens on Sunday 28 July.

Freshlyground, Majozi and Louise Carver will showcase a brand new take on their much-loved music in a series of acoustic sets at KwaZulu-Natal’s premier outdoor music venue.

Freshlyground are known not only for their lively beats and sing-along music in various South African languages and using a wide range of musical instruments, but also for a larger-than-life stage presence that moves audiences to their feet.

As one of South Africa’s most successful acts, they’ve been releasing chart-topping albums since 2002. Their hit singles include Doo Be Doo, which became the most played song in South Africa in 2005.

Freshlyground have done it all: from multi-platinum records and sold-out tours to international stages, prestigious awards and even an official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Remember Waka Waka – This Time for Africa featuring Shakira? Who could forget!

Freshlyground performed Waka Waka live at the FIFA Kickoff Concert and again at the World Cup closing ceremony in Johannesburg, which was broadcast to over a billion people. Waka Waka has sold well over 3 million singles and reached number 1 on charts worldwide. The song is the most successful anthem in the history of the FIFA World Cup and introduced Freshlyground and their Afro-pop to a multitude of new fans across the globe.

Joining Freshlyground will be local Durban musician Majozi. He’s been an artist to watch since the music industry welcomed him onto the scene in 2013. He’s signed with Universal Music, and has a debut album on the iTunes Top 3, millions of streams on Spotify, and collaborations with globally recognised artists such as Tresor and The Soweto Gospel Choir.

The legendary Louise Carver will also be taking to the stage to entertain the crowds. Having signed her first record deal at the age of 15, released a debut single at 17 and her first full-length album at just 18 years of age, she’s wasted no time in creating award-winning, chart-topping music.

The oldest surviving botanic gardens in Africa, and Durban’s oldest public institution, the Durban Botanic Gardens will once again provide a naturally beautiful and welcoming space for families and friends to get together for a mellow afternoon of folksy entertainment.

Martin Clement, Curator of the Durban Botanic Gardens praises the impact that Music at the Lake has on the Gardens. “Music at the Lake has developed a great socially cohesive and vibrant tradition over many years by bringing people young and old from diverse backgrounds together to enjoy the beauty, heritage and unique ambiance of the Gardens. This year is particularly special in that the Gardens celebrates 170 years as Africa’s oldest surviving botanic garden and our City’s oldest public institution; programmes such as Music at the Lake contribute in helping to refresh and celebrate our Gardens heritage, reminding one why our City’s natural environment, public gardens and parks are essential for our collective urban wellbeing.”

“We’re proud of the growing role we play in supporting music and nurturing talent in South Africa,” says Thobile Tshabalala, Head of Brand, Old Mutual.

“What makes the Old Mutual Music at the Lake events so special is that we’re able to bring people together to be inspired and energised by both great talent and beautiful natural surroundings. By buying tickets, concert-goers support South African artists and contribute to the maintenance of the Durban Botanic Gardens. It’s all about creating shared value and social harmony, and we’re delighted to be a part of this initiative.”

Early bird tickets for Folk Fest are available via The cost is R140 for adults, R80 for children between 6 and 12, and R20 for children under 6. Gates will open at 12:30 on Sunday 28 July, with the first act taking to the stage from 13:00. 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.

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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