Awesome Easter hunt for the kids

Awesome Easter hunt for the kids

Durban
This one is especially for the mums and dads out there who are trying to figure out how to keep their kids entertained during the Easter holidays. Get your kids down to the Garden Court at Gateway from March 24-27 and they can participate in the ultimate Easter hunt at the enchanted Lindt Gold Bunny Garden. And if you happen to be in Cape Town or Johannesburg during the holidays, you can find a Lindt garden there too! There’ll be a number of Easter hunts every day and kids will be able to fill their baskets with all their favourite Lindt treats. Entry is free and hunts will happen every 30 minutes. The Lindt Garden will be open during the following times: Thursday: 9am-7pm Friday and Saturday: 9am-9pm Sunday: 9am-6pm…
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Decolonising the Book: Join the discourse

Decolonising the Book: Join the discourse

Books, Durban
I’ve been writing about the upcoming Time of the Writer festival quite a bit recently – it’s because I think a very important discussion is going to be taking place during this 5-day gathering of many stakeholders in South African literature. The key focus is decolonising South African literature not only from a writing perspective, but also in terms of editing, publishing, translation, marketing, bookselling and the promotion of literature in South Africa.   The Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) has just announced its programme for the 19th Time of the Writer festival which begins on March 14 and ends March 19. So, if you want to be a part of this important dialogue, take note of the dates, times and topics and make your way to the various venues…
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KZN artists splash out at the BAT Centre

KZN artists splash out at the BAT Centre

Durban, Lifestyle
Hands up those of you that still believe graffiti is the same as vandalism. If you did put up your hand, I really wish you had been around on Saturday to watch and hear some of KZN’s top urban artists as they shared their passion with anyone willing to to give them the time – and where better to do so than the BAT Centre which has been an important for artistic expression in the Durban CBD. [caption id="attachment_1270" align="alignright" width="200"] Sakhile Mhlongo puts the finishing touches on the figure he worked on at the BAT Centre during the #ECRStreetArt event. Picture: Supplied[/caption] Six KZN street artists – CJ, Sakhile Mhlongo, Robyn Perros, Silindokuhle Makhubo and Mook Lion – showcased their talent on Saturday afternoon, drawing inspiration from the theme…
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Time of the Writer festival rings in changes

Time of the Writer festival rings in changes

Books, Durban
I was excited to read that the 19th Time of the Writer Festival, which takes place in the middle of March this year, has taken heed of South African author, Thando Mgqolozana’s, statements about South African literature. In opting out of a “white literary system” at the Franschhoek Literary Festival last year, Mgqolozana elicited a national discussion around the idea of “decolonising the literary landscape” in South Africa. At the heart of his position are the concepts of increased diversity, access and inclusiveness. It’s an important discussion to be had and one we need to take seriously – as writers, readers and consumers. In an attempt to facilitate the discussion, this year’s Time of the Writer includes a special programme under the theme Decolonising the Book. A thorough interrogation of…
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Calling all young writers

Calling all young writers

Books, Durban
Time is running out for young writers to submit their short stories for the annual Schools Short Story Competition, which is part of the Time of the Writer festival. The competition is open to all South African high school learners and is an excellent springboard for future South African writers. In a world where a culture of reading and writing must be nurtured, this is an important initiative that encourages our youth to express themselves creatively. The 19th Time of the Writer, hosted by UKZN’s Centre for Creative Arts, learners to submit their short stories for the annual Schools Short Story Competition by this Friday (26 February). Winners will be awarded cash prizes, book vouchers and complimentary tickets to the festival. For more information on the festival or the competition, visit…
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Here’s to a GoodSundae

Here’s to a GoodSundae

Durban, Lifestyle
There is always heaps to do in our city, but sometimes a particular event catches my eye, so I share it with you. In my last posts I offered you ideas on getting out and about in Durban on a Saturday. Here’s a suggestion for the last Sunday of this month. GoodSundae is about enjoying club music during the day and at venues other than nightclubs. This year, it will take place at Moyo, uShaka Marine, on February 28. Music lovers will know it is the weekend of the Mtv Music Awards as well – so Durban will be filled with celebs and musos from around the country. With an exciting lineup of DJs taking to the stage, it promises to end the weekend off with a bang. Expect to…
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Slow Saturday anyone?

Slow Saturday anyone?

Durban, Lifestyle
8 Morrison Street, Rivertown, is one of Durban’s most exciting urban regeneration spaces, and I’ve been keeping a keen eye on the goings on at the space. I’ve been particularly interested in the Slow Saturdays concept. It's all about showcasing local talent – musically, gastronomically, artistically and through entrepreneurship. Entrance to Rivertown is free and you can expect some excellent retail therapy on offer, art, a bit of pampering, good music by local performers, food and plenty to drink. Slow Saturdays happens every Saturday and is all about growing a vibrant community of “localists” that are passionate about Durban. So, if you’ve got a Saturday to spare, head on down to 8 Morrison Street between 10am and 4pm. You won’t be disappointed. To find out what’s lined up for this Saturday check out…
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Dance your way to health

Dance your way to health

Durban, Lifestyle
So all you children of the 80s – do you remember the raves you frequented in dingy warehouses and other hidden venues? Bet you didn’t believe that a rave could be associated with clean living and wholesome family time. Durban is set to embark on a new experience – The Morning Rave – and it promises to be all of that. (more…)
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