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Aweh! Find out what’s happening in Durbs

There are plenty of hot and happening events to attend, starting this weekend with a music festival featuring top South African artists.

NOT sure what to do this long weekend? We have your back. Pick, choose and refuse from our fun-filled diary of events below.

Shows/entertainment

KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2024 Winter Season Concert 2

The second concert in the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2024 Winter Season is on Thursday, June 13, at 19:00, at the Playhouse Opera, with a welcome return to the Opera Stage of much-loved soprano Bronwen Forbay. Japanese maestro Yasuo Shinozaki, a longstanding favourite with KZN Philharmonic audiences, takes to the podium for the second concert of the season. In the first half of his programme, he shares the spotlight with Durban-born, US-based lyric soprano Bronwyn Forbay. KZN Philharmonic Season tickets and bookings for individual concerts are available at Quicket outlets. For more information, call 031 369 9438, email bookings@kznphil.org.za or visit www.kznphil.org.za. The season 3 concert will be on June 20.

Lyric soprano Bronwyn Forbay will charm audiences with her melodies. Photo: Submitted

KAMERS Makers and Ndlovu Youth Choir come to town

The ZA Fest with KAMERS Makers’ debut in KwaZulu-Natal forms part of a four-day festival from June 14 to 17. (Ticket price R100.) They will be headlined by the dynamic duo of platinum-award-winning artist Jesse Clegg and America’s Got Talent Season 14 finalists The Ndlovu Youth Choir, who will deliver a one-day-only, extraordinary performance at The Manor House in Salt Rock on Sunday, June 16. (Tickets cost R350 and include Kamers.)

Ndlovu Youth Choir performing at the 2023 ZA Fest. Photo: Stuart Queripel

The Emperor’s New Clothes

KickstArt Theatre presents the enchanting musical, The Emperor’s New Clothes, from June 15 to July 7 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. The show has been famed by Broadway duo Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Directed by Steven Stead, with stunning designs by Greg King, this vibrant adaptation of the classic fairy tale promises laughter, lessons and theatrical magic, perfect for the whole family. Experience the whimsy and wonder as Emperor Marcus learns the value of honesty in the most colourful way imaginable. Don’t miss this delightful production that will captivate hearts and spark imaginations. Tickets are available from Webtickets.

Petrolheads, you’re in for a treat

Gas Magazine brings back the Gas Motorshow 2024 to Suncoast Durban on June 14 and 15. Celebrities, stuntmen, international brands, influencers and artists will converge for a weekend packed with motoring, lifestyle and entertainment extravaganzas. Witness daredevils at the International Stunt Show, pushing the limits with mind-blowing feats on two wheels or less. Brace yourself for heart-stopping Freestyle Motocross stunts that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Click here to purchase tickets.

The adrenalin-pumping Gas Motor Show is the perfect event for action junkies.

A taste of 60s and 70s classics

Watch the Black Lapels bring you Fortunate Son – Tribute to CCR (Creedence Clearwater Revival) at the Rhumbelow Theatre, 42 Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road, from Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16. The Friday and Saturday shows start at 19:30, and the Sunday show starts at 14:00.

Returning by popular demand, allow the Black Lapels to whisk you away to the late 60s and early 70s with their sold-out and unparalleled musical homage to Creedence Clearwater Revival. Tickets are R200 each. Bring food picnic baskets or buy at the venue, and there is a bar available – no alcohol may be brought onto the premises. There is limited secure parking available, and booking is essential. To book, contact Roland Stansell at roland@stansell.co.za or go to Computicket. For more info, call 082 499 8636.

Watch the Black Lapels in a tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Rhumbelow Theatre.

Rhumbelow Classics Cinema

Watch the Royal Ballet Company on the big screen at Rhumbelow, Umbilo, on Monday, June 17 at 14:00. The venue opens 60 minutes before the show for snacks/drinks, and the running time is 180 minutes (including two intervals). Tickets are R150 each. Food is available at the venue. There is limited secure parking available, and booking is essential. There is a bar available – no alcohol may be brought onto the premises. To book, contact Roland Stansell at roland@stansell.co.za or go to Computicket. For more info, call 082 499 8636.

Catch the Royal Ballet Company on the big screen at Rhumbelow Theatre.

Other activities

Community games

The Ward 31 Community Games are on at the Tills Crescent Sports Stadium in Berea from June 14 to 16. This is your chance to showcase your talents, meet your neighbours and celebrate the vibrant spirit of our community. Whether you’re into sports or arts or just want to cheer on your friends and family, there’s something for everyone. Follow Facebook for more details.

Shark Day

Umhlanga Tourism will host a Shark Day event at Umhlanga Main Beach on Saturday, June 15, from 10.00 to 14.00. There will be a shark dissection, games, music and prizes. The event promises to be fun for the entire family.

Fun for the family at Rally Scavenger Hunt

Dive into the adventure of a lifetime at Sodurba’s Under the Sea Scavenger Hunt/Car Rally on Sunday, June 23, at Fynnlands Combined Sports Club, The Bluff. Get ready for a splash of fun as you explore the Sodurba area like never before on the Sunday at 09:00 for 11:00. It’s not just a rally; it’s an oceanic odyssey filled with laughter, cryptic clues and the thrill of discovery. Cost is R200 per car of 4 people. Contact Donna via WhatsApp on 073 351 7798 for entry details or email festival@sodurba.co.za. Booking is essential as space is limited!

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