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Read about the free #Whatifthiscity Event for Durban, Arts Competitions and Music Events and more


What if this City is a Durban initiative that aims to forge a relevant contemporary discourse between artists, whilst forming new audiences.


Avenues of influence will be broadened by way of showcasing diversity and artistic approach, and in turn build a community that uses the arts as a tool for inspiration.

The challenge that Durban and its associated communities face, in the ongoing exodus of artists and creative professionals to Johannesburg and Cape Town, for example, is central to formation of this Durban based arts initiative.

What if this City aims to provide various creative platforms, talks and events, which will begin to build momentum and motivation to achieving a form of artistic community within THIS city.

The first What if this City event will be taking place on 9 May, at the DUT Art Gallery and surrounding spaces on the Steve Biko Campus, entrance is free. It will be a multimedia event featuring music, live art, fashion, dance and more. Talks will run on a weekly basis through the month of May; details to be announced at the event and online.

Performances will include: music from Ewok & Nje, Gary Nixon, Raheem Kemet, Sebastian Goldswain and Matt Vend & Wren Hinds; live art from Mook Lion, Kev7, Roy, DaneStops, Sakhile Mhlongo, Nivesh and Skye T. Steen; live tattooing by Samantha-Lee Bunnyfluff; Dance from the 031 Floor Assassins and the Flatfoot Training Company; Performance by Thabiso; Photographic installation by Paulo Menezes and fashion from Drucilla’s Wardrobe. There will also be other interesting ‘things’ going on throughout the night.

Cash bar run by the Winston Pub and coffee from Dieketseng the Barista. Food will be available till 10pm.

Please feel free to contact us for further information on



Highlights from the Writers’ Guild of South Africa Muse Awards 2014




d’Urban d’Art Exchange


 artSPACE durban Artists’ Choice Award 2014


Come and pick up a canvas from artSPACE durban

3 Millar Road (off Umgeni Road next to Waste Centre)
tel: 031 312 0793
Gallery hours: M – F 9 – 5pm and Sat and Public Hol  9 – 2pm



Create an artwork, be part of an exhibition and be guaranteed to receive an artwork in ‘exchange’ plus be in the running to win cash prizes and gift certificates and vouchers.

This is how it works:

  1.  Entry cost R 200.00 for which you receive a canvas 43 x 43 cm
  2.  Theme: “Window(s)”
  3.  You create an artwork of any media and return to artSPACE durban by July 3
  4.  You now are part of an exhibition at artSPACE durban from July 7 through July 11
  5.  During the week participating artists vote for their favorite artwork on display
  6.  On July 11 the exhibition ends with a prize-giving ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The winners of R10,000.00 worth of cash prizes and gift certificates will be announced and each participating artist (that’s you) will receive back an artwork displayed at the exhibition (this is done by drawing a number out of a hat).




Here’s To Us:

An evening of music and friendship

It is not often that a group of friends, who are also professional performers and singers, get the opportunity to get together in a private home and sing the songs they like best, accompanied by two of Durban’s leading pianists. Nor do you, the public, often get the chance to listen to them!

Over the course of three evenings and in three different homes, we will weave some special musical magic for you. Accompanied by award winning jazz pianist, Evan Roberts, and acclaimed classical pianist, Andrew Warburton, Lisa Bobbert, Karen Campbell-Gillies, Steven Stead and Anthony Stonier will perform their selection of music for you.

Take this opportunity to join in a casual, friendly evening of easy listening and fun.


9 May – 18h30 for 19h30: Sue Clarence’s home in Manor Gardens

10 May – 18h00 for 19h00: Di Love’s home in Kloof

(This is an outdoor performance; bring  picnics, blankets & chairs as seating is on the lawn)

11 May – 17h00 for 18h00: Lisa Bobbert’s home in Durban  North

R100 per head / Running Time 60 – 70 minutes

Please bring your own drinks – glasses and ice provided

For booking enquiries – /  082 882 9869 – Please use email if at all possible! If you are interested in booking, please contact Sue and she will give you directions and banking details. There is no confirmed booking without payment.


Essenwood Craft Market
Essenwood park: Every Sat: 9am – 2pm

The region’s foremost craft, art, treasures and collectables market takes place every Saturday morning under the trees a stone’s throw away from Musgrave Centre. In-between shopping, there is a comprehensive tea garden with an array of brunch and tea time delights, as well as children’s activities and a playground.


This Edition by Fred Felton

Find him on Twitter @fredfelton


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