Tuesday, 19 April 2016

What's On in Durban

Don’t miss Party with Poppy on Friday 22 April.  A one night only concert at Go Wild Wavehouse at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping. The DJ line up includes Poppy Ntshongwana, Pascal & Pearce, Ryan the DJ and DJ Fresh. The concert starts at 7pm and ends at midnight with the doors opening at 5:30pm. Tickets are R100 and can be purchased online at Computicket.

Mystic India, a Bollywood extravaganza, is also a one night only event at the Durban ICC on Saturday 23 April. The show starts at 8pm with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets are R185 – R485 and can be bought through Computicket.

The Keep Hillcrest Beautiful Association will be turning 10 this year and to celebrate they are hosting a Fun Dog Walk on Sunday 24 April at Summerveld. Entrance fee is R20 per person and R10 per dog (dogs must be on a leash at all times). There will be fun events, prizes, refreshments and an obedience and security dog display. The event will start at 10am and will end at 2pm. All funds raised will be used for KHBA projects.

Also on Sunday 24 April is the Wonder Market at Chris Saunders Park near Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga. Find your food, craft and treasure from 9am to 2pm.

Need help with parenting? At PARENTALK ‘live’ best-selling author Rob Parsons and Katharine Hill will present in-sights and top tips gathered from a combined experience of working alongside thousands of parents for over thirty years. This evening will help moms and dads to get ahead of the game! The Durban event is on Monday 25 April 7pm at St. Agnes Church 53 Abelia Road in Kloof. Tickets are R40 and can be bought through Computicket.

The Shongweni Farmers & Craft Market happens every Saturday from 6:30am to 11:30am. On the 27 April they are having a special FOOD MUSIC FREEDOM event from 10am to 6pm. Early bird tickets are R70 for adults and R30 for kids under 12. On the day tickets are R100 for adults and R30 for kids under 12. Early bird tickets can be bought at the Saturday market or from Computicket.

Have an under 18 teen at home? The next Grom Event is on Friday 29 April inside a hangar at Virginia Airport in Durban North. Tickets are R100 and are available from Computicket or from Grom Events ticket agents at schools. The doors open at 6pm and the party is 6 hours long.

The next I Heart Market is on Saturday 7 May on the lawns outside the Moses Mabhida Stadium. From 9am to 2pm you can shop and eat local. Support our amazing creatives!

Friday, 15 April 2016

Mystic India

If the reviews from international critics are anything to go by, the South African audience is in for a treat as the festive Bollywood music and dance spectacular, Mystic India, hits the stage at the Durban ICC on the 23rd April and at The Teatro Montecasino from the 29thApril to 1st May 2016.

Seen by over half a million people during countless worldwide performances and tours, Mystic India is an internationally acclaimed Bollywood music and dance spectacular based on the concept of ancient India’s transition into modern India.

Featuring some 22 talented musicians, brilliant dancers, mind-boggling aerialists and acrobats, as well as 750 lavish costume changes, the show is bound to keep you at the edge of your seat. The flamboyant costumes and extravagant sets have been custom-designed in India’s film capital by a team of 40 creative designers and collaborators over the course of the last four years.

This production intertwines a mesmerizing combo: Traditional India meets the urban streets of Mumbai and New York. It is hip and trendy with all the glitter and bling to make it an all-out sensory sensation. This feast showcases Bollywood at its finest and audiences can brace themselves for an explosion of colour and energy. 

Audience members will be invited along for a festive journey through Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, and even through the evolution of Bollywood films via a visual display that fuses dance, theatre and special effects.

The celebratory production is directed and choreographed by the prominent choreographer and production master, Amit Shah, and produced by US-based AATMA Performing Arts, of which Shah is the founder and creative director.

Talking about Mystic India, Amit says, “If you have ever wanted to visit India, this production is your direct flight there. Mystic India will blow you all the way to the small villages of India to the fast-paced streets of Mumbai and New York. Audiences will get it all!

The female lead of Mystic India, Kruti Shah, is an internationally distinguished dancer and choreographer who shot to fame as a Top 10 finalist on the dance reality show, Just Dance.

Mystic India’s narrator, Sanjay Sahini, is originally from Delhi, India, and received his professional actor’s training at the acclaimed HB Studios in New York City. His breakout role was in the movie Khel Shuru in 2006, and since then he has gone on to perform in numerous films, theatre and off-Broadway productions.

Bringing the element of adventure to Mystic India, are the specialty acts, like the ancient sport of Mallakhamb and the aerial arts. The choreographer, trainer and performer in charge of constructing these stunning pieces into the show, is Rajesh Mudki. He hails from Mumbai, India, where he has devoted his life to these spectacular sports.

This larger-than-life Bollywood extravaganza will run at the Durban ICC on the 23rd April and at The Teatro Montecasino from the 29th April to 1st May 2016.  Tickets range between R185 and R485 and will be available through Computicket (www.computicket.com) and its various retail outlets.  Bookings opened on the 23rd February. 

For more information, visit www.mysticindiatheshow.com


Monday, 11 April 2016

Out the Box at Gateway

On Thursday 7 April I attended the Out the Box event at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga.

Gateway Theatre of Shopping is the shopping centre to go to and it always seems to be busy. My kids love going there to movies, for shopping and to do what teenagers do best – wander around. I love going there for shops such as Rain, Typo and Lush and the all important cappuccino and something sweet to eat from So Whipped. One of my new places to eat is at Ebb & Flo cafe with their delicious banting burger.

This is the second Out the Box event that Gateway has held for the media and bloggers. Out the Box is a showcase of stores and brands within Gateway but held in a more intimate setting. The stores taking part are able to display their key pieces and what items are currently on trend in a large glass box on the upper level outside Cinema Nouveau.

The display will change every month so that the media and public can get a closer look at the shops within Gateway. In the first Out the Box 100% Co-Op, Lush, Klines and Beach and Beyond were featured. The food was supplied by Circus Circus and Cape Town Fish Market.

In this second edition of Out the Box the featured stores are Typo (scream!!), Forever New, Smashbox and Gopal’s Bags & Luggage. The food was supplied by Ebb & Flo cafe and we were served Chicken Mayo Toasted Wraps and Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli with Italian Prawn salad – divine!

Radio and television journalist Terence Pillay was the MC for the evening and he first spoke to the Marketing Manager of Gateway, Michelle Shelley. She explained to us the concept of having this Out the Box showcase and what Gateway wants to achieve by highlighting stores within the shopping centre.

Next up was Brendon from Ebb & Flo cafe who explained a bit about their menu and their delicious Harvest Table that is available every day. Dishes are created from food picked from a local farm that morning to keep everything as fresh as possible.

Devona from Smashbox said that this season’s makeup has a bold lip and warmer tones for eyes. She highly recommended their new Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer which transforms any cream lipstick into a velvety matte finish. Also on her must try and buy list is their Photo Finish Foundation Primer - one of their best selling and award winning products. Smashbox at Gateway will help you try out products before you buy them and you will never go home not knowing how to use the product correctly. They want their customers to be well informed and happy.

Shenaaz from Forever New said that their beautiful warm coats do surprisingly sell in Durban and that the store has wonderful special offers. Women of all ages are sure to find something they love and are comfortable wearing.

Gopal’s Bags & Luggage is a family run store that started trading in the 1970’s. Amit Gopal said that luggage is becoming a very fashion orientated item with lots of different bright colours. When purchasing a set of luggage check with the staff in store for the set most suitable for you.

Last but certainly not least, Terence spoke to the Typo representative – Gift (such an apt name). I don’t know anyone who doesn’t LOVE Typo! With their quirky, fun, funny and awesome products there is always something you must buy. The currently trending items in Typo are their colouring books and Gift recommends that everyone buy a journal to write in and stimulate your thinking.

So the next time you are at Gateway take some time to look inside Out the Box at this month’s featured stores.

Connect with Gateway Theatre of Shopping on Facebook and Twitter to get up to date news of forthcoming events and shop specials.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Africa Fashion Exchange

On a very windy Tuesday night inside the refurbished Haystore building in Durban, the KZN Fashion Council welcomed the latest addition to their family of world-class fashion brands.

The MC for the glittering evening was the beautiful and talented Nomzamo Mbatha who stood out from the crowd in a bright orange jumpsuit designed by Khosi Nkosi.

Nomzamo Mbatha dressed by Khosi Nkosi

Africa Fashion Exchange, born and bred in KZN and on-trend the world over, is where fashion sense and passion meets business savvy. The name itself - ‘Africa Fashion Exchange’ speaks of something that begins here in our own backyard of KwaZulu-Natal and transcends boundaries to bring our majestic Africa together, under one roof. It will give KZN, South African and African designers a platform to access national, continental and international markets.

Zola Shabangu Chairperson of the KZN Fashion Council (fashionista in chief) is looking forward to hosting select designers from across the continent. The Africa Fashion Exchange has been created to help designers become globally competitive, to provide them with a platform and to highlight our beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal. She is excited about the prospect of providing mentorships, collaborations and to create jobs. The platform will provide an arena for business to business meetings. The Africa Fashion Exchange is the showcase for our unique African fashion.

Zola Shabangu glittering in gold (dress by Thoko of Igoda)

Fashion has an important role to play in the economic development of KZN. It is an industry that can never die as it is a need. Africa Fashion Exchange is more than just a fashion show as all aspects of the business of fashion are encompassed.

We were treated to a short fashion show from various designers attached to the KZN Fashion Council. The men’s wear was all by the fashion designer Duke who was born and raised in the Umlazi Township of Durban. Ladies fashion was by emerging designers who are doing the 21 Steps to Retail with the KZN Fashion Council.

Palesa Kwitshana the new Managing Director of the KZN Fashion Council revealed the logo for Africa Fashion Exchange. She re-iterated about fashion being a passion and how she is looking forward to promoting our African fashion to the world.

Palesa Kwitshana dressed by Mapitso

Hot on the heels of this launch will be The Fashion Exchange event that will take place from 22 – 26 June 2016.

To be part of Africa Fashion Exchange, interested parties can visit the website or connect via Facebook or Twitter #AFX

Africa Fashion Exchange

The New Face of the Business of Fashion!