Red Eye Durban This Friday

#REDEYEDURBAN pops-up in Glenwood on Friday 12 December at Emoyeni House in the cultural precinct of Glenwood from 6pm to midnight.


“Emoyeni House is like an old Cubanesque villa in Glenwood with six rooms and two open balconies looking out to Durban’s harbour and city skyline that will be alive with art, music, theatre, a comic exhibition, animation, performance art and a fashion show,” said Suzy Bell, cultural activist and creative director of #RedEyeDurban the monthly multi-media, arts-soaked project.

For the upcoming #RedEyeDurban on 12 December Bell says we can expect a celebration of art and music which includes dub-step from DJ DeepSpaceSA before he flits off to a music festival in France, Indie-alt rock, kwaito, hip-hop,  groove maskanda and roots reggae.”It is going to be a wonderful culturally diverse evening,” said Bell. “We have an animator from Egypt, Mohammed Sobaih, a fashion designer, Baron Junior Kivudi from Kinshasa, MINDCOAST ISA hip-hop heads  from Equatorial New Guinea and slow jam and new skull flava from eThekiwini’s Skitzo, who is also versed in piano and violin. We have cranking kwaito with Speed-Trap from Ntuzuma, Tuff Masters with chilled reggae from Toti, local hip-hop from Lamontville and Umlazi with B.A. Man Fatal and Mabhie and there are popular Indie-alt rockers, Die Wolwedans plus the incredible talents of vocalist Zulublue.”

#RedEyeDurban, for the unititiated, is a monthly, multi-media, culturally-diverse arts experience taking place in one space, on one night only.

“I am loving that a five-year-old Durban child who came with his dad (poet, Leon Pillay) to Red Eye back then in its original heyday, who contacted me on Facebook to say how thrilled he is that Red Eye has returned. That five-year-old, Tazḿe Pillay, is now 19 and was so inspired by Red Eye back then, especially Steven Cohen’s memorable performance art, that he studied art and I have just booked him to perform a gender binary performance art piece, titled ADAM, for December 12 Red Eye Durban,” enthused Bell.

For even more Red Eye Performance Art, there’s Sibo Masondo and Gisele Turner with SPEECHLESS! and fresh comic art with Luke Molver and Alistair Laird. “There will be theatre with Mpumy Ndlovu from P.A.N.S.A. illustrative art and drawings from Steven Leggo and Thabo Jackson, fashion installations and artworks on exhibit from students of the Centre for Fine Art and Animation (CFAD) and CFAD will showcase their 2014 Animation Showreel and host their awards ceremony at #RedEyeDurban. There is conceptual vandalism imagery from Benjamin Fish,poetry from Ferrero Le Poet and live gaming for young kids invited to bring their X-Boxes to play and fashion T-shirts will be on sale from Fact Africa Rocks.

“The aim is to further stimulate Durban’s creative community into a creative economy,” said Bell. “In 2015 we want to run creative and arts marketing workshops under Red Eye mentors and then create a Red Eye App as a tool to market ourselves professionally. The idea is to empower young emerging artists and those who want to reach a wider audience and become better known through regular #RedEyeDurban events. This project is equally for emerging talent to assist them so that when they are creating their own creative projects, they brand professionally, learn about ways to market themselves more effectively and experiment by exploring interdisciplinary performances to the public in collaborating with a range of artist in the #RedEyeDurban art collective,” she added.

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ART-SOAKED NIGHT: (From left) Zulublue Muso, Malusi Ndlovu, P.A.N.S.A actress Mpumy Ndolovu, Philisiwe Twijnstra and Nhla Zondi of Zulublue and (front from left), Mindcoast ISA’s Chris Nde Okomo and Ricardo Biahute Estrada will perform#RedEyeDurban on  Friday 12 December from 6pm at Emoyeni House in Glenwood. Picture by Val Adamson

This all promises to be a magical evening.

Easy Directions:

  • RedEyeDurban takes place on Friday12 December 2014 from 6pm to midnight in Glenwood at Emoyeni House, 25 Haraldene Road, (top of Alan Paton/McDonald Road, take a left in Haraldene)Tickets: R100  at the door / students with card: R50. Children 12 and under enjoy free entrance. Family-friendly time: 6 – 8pm. Car security provided.
  • HOW TO GET THERE BY TAXI: Hop off at St Augustine’s Hospital taxi stop and turn right up into Alan Paton / McDonald Road and head up to T-Junction of Haraldene and Alan Paton. Turn left into Haraldene.


 Upcoming Artists Are Encouraged to send their bios and proposals:

For more info online: Facebook: #RedEyeDurban

Twitter: @RedEyeDurban  

Instagram: RedEyeDurban  

HASHTAG: #RedEyeDurban

Artists may send their artist bios and short creative proposals and low-res art or performance images or sound cloud links for future Red Eye Durban participation to: suzybell@redeyedurban.com


This edition by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton



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