Looking for something to do in Kwazulu Natal? Well, today is your lucky day: I’m featuring 3 events to look forward to in this coastal gem of a province. These events are guaranteed to get you off the couch and will chase those annoying Winter blues away.
Durban International Film Festival: This wonderful festival is the longest running film festival in South Africa. It takes place over 12 days (from 18th to the 28th of July) and will feature screenings of 290 films from all over the globe. The focus of the festival is on African and South African films.
Screenings will take place all around Durban at Suncoast Cinema, the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Ster Kinekor Musgrave, Cinema Nouveau Gateway, Blue Waters Hotel, Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre, Luthuli Museum and the Upstairs At Spiga.
The good news is that most of these venues won’t charge you an arm and a leg for a movie ticket. Even better news is that the screenings at Blue Waters Hotel, Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre and Luthuli Museum are free.
Films that are being screened at this year’s festival include Cosmopolis, Dust, Everyman’s Taxi, Angel of the Skies, 36, African Metropolis, Ginger and Rosa, Haraka!, Gloria, Il Futuro (The Future), Khumba, Mapantsula, Only God Forgives, Quest for Fire, Reality, Ran, Sunshine Boys, The Forgotten Kingdom, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Wadjda, Wrong and Yema.
The Durban International film festival also features an extensive seminar and workshop program featuring local and international film makers. For more information check out the Durban International Film Festival website or Durban International Film Festival Facebook page.
Zululand Expo: Check out this Kwazulu Natal expo on the 27th and 28th of July 2013. It’s the second largest combined entertainment and exhibition event in the province. More than 25,000 visitors make their way to this event every year.
The Zululand Expo takes place at the ZCBF Community Park Showgrounds in Richards Bay and will feature +/- 250 exhibitors from all over South Africa.
Visitors can check out products and services in the decor, sports and leisure, arts and crafts, fashion, motoring industry, outdoor and garden industry, technology industry, education and various other fields.
The expo will also feature a flea market with various stalls and performances by various local artists. For more information, phone Nikita on 035 7971818.
Kuswag Carnival: This event takes place in Amanzimtoti from 15 to 17 August 2013 at the Kuswag school. It’s the ideal event for the whole family. The Kuswag Carnival features flea market stalls, live performances by Pieter Koen, Annique, The Blarney Brothers and others, a talent competition with R10,000 prize money, a wide variety of food stalls and more than 23 fun fair rides.
Barney the dinosaur will be there to entertain the little ones and there will be big screen TV’s for those hardcore sports fans who don’t want to miss out on sporting action. This year’s event will also host the 2013 Shoprite Checkers Championship Boerewors Competition.
More than 7,000 visitors make their way to the Kuswag Carnival annually and it’s definitely one of the events in Kwazulu Natal that you should not miss. For more information phone Chris on 031 9035434 or visit the Kuswag School website.
There you have it, 3 events to look forward to and proof that Kwazulu Natal is not a boring province during the Winter months. Which one of these events would you like to attend the most? Leave a comment and let me know.
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