Events in KZN – March 2011

Stable Theatre’s Phambili Festival: This event is scheduled for the 17th to 20th of March 2011. “Phambili” means “Let’s Go Forward” but it is also the command a rider might give to a horse to urge it forward with energy. This title, the first of what is hoped to be an annual festival, reflects the continued energetic way forward for Stable Theatre. It also makes reference to horses and the reason why Stable Theatre is so named. In the mid-1970’s Stable Theatre’s founder, Kessie Govender, discovered that the municipal authorities of the time allocated more money to the building of a stable than it did to the dwellings built for those relocated from Mkhumbane by the forced removals under the Group Areas Act. Hence his first play was called “Stable Expense” and his theatre company became the Stable Theatre Company. More than 12 theatre groups will be involved in the Phambili Festival and there will be 3 shows per day at the venue. On 17 and 18 March, there will be workshops titled “Business in the Arts” (from 9 AM to 1 PM). The festival will be sponsored by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Department of Arts & Culture KZN, Ethekwini Municipality and Business and Arts SA. For more information visit

National Rock Day @ Toprock: The Natal Mineral Clubs and all sorts of folk interested in Minerals, Gemstones, Jewellery, Fossils, Geology, Rocks and Nature in general will be gathering at the Toprock Museum Farm at The Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy, just off the N3, Ashburton offramp, Pietermaritzburg. Anybody and everybody is welcome to bring a table to show off, sell, trade or play with whatever stones or similar related. Entrance is free. There will be cold beverages and some foodstuffs at the Three Aloes Bush Tea Garden. This will be free range though and visitors are invited to engage in bring and braai / picnic or bring a roast/lobster or salad activities (basically whatever they want to eat or drink). This is will be the ultimate event for anybody who is interested in rocks, nature or just looking for something a little different to do for the day. For more information visit

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