PARTY AT FUN IN THE SUN OUTDOOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL ON 30 SEPTEMBER!

21151421_1517874914938059_1727263640661560250_nWith around 3,000 party goers taking to Hazelmere Dam in 2016, 2017 is sure to be bigger and better with a hot new lineup featuring 2 international artists and over 50 local acts – which is sure to be the biggest outdoor event on Durban shores this year.

Fun in the sun 2017 will kick off on Saturday, 30th September 2017 at Hazelmere dam in Durban – a mere 20km off the shoreline of Umhlanga. Gates open at 8am.

The annual Fun in the sun outdoor music festival will feature a lineup headlined by Lost Frequencies (Belgium) and supported by Nora en Pure (Switzerland).

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Lost Frequencies

Lost Frequencies, has soared to success in the international music industry. Releasing his global smash hit ‘Are You With Me’ back in 2014 and quickly cementing himself as a name to watch, the track rapidly ascended by hitting multi-platinum status and taking the #1 spot in 18 countries.

Lost Frequencies has brought his unmistakable sound to some of the planet’s biggest clubs and recently headlined his own North American Tour, hosted his own ‘Lost Frequencies & Friends’ at the renowned Amsterdam Dance Event and headlined his own sold-out arena spectacle in Belgium. He has also performed at some of the world’s largest and most notable music festivals, Tomorrowland and Coachella.

Local acts at the event include Chunda Munki, Hippie Mafia, Max Hurrel, Msizi James (5fm), Striptek, Jay Jabbs. Syzo, Hendrik Joerges, Mat od, Huckleberry, Park, Ches, Paul Marks, G Major, Rogue, Murray, Alex M, Dutchman, Beebz, Ryan Stylz, Finn, Zinc, Marc, and many more.

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So, get your camping gear, tent, caravan, sleeping bags, sunscreen and sunnies ready for a full day programme of chilled fun with music, food and lifestyle elements including clothing stalls, a convenience store and more.

Come join us and thousands of fans from across the country and enjoy an unforgettable secure weekend party getaway experience.

Tickets cost R300 for general access and R700 for VIP which will get you onto the VIP deck with a cocktail bar & lounge, free selected drinks from 12pm till midnight and private toilets.

Limited tickets are on sale at www.fitsfest.co.za, at Webtickets or at selected Pick ‘n Pay stores nationwide.

For more information on the event or to book for the available transport visit the Fun in the sun 2017 website.

The event is open to over 18’s and no plastic or glass will be permitted in order to safeguard the environment.

Terms and conditions apply

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The 2017 Durban Fashion Fair winners announced

The sixth annual eThekwini Municipality Durban Fashion Fair came to an end with the prestigious Durban Fashion Fair Recognition Awards evening held at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Saturday, August 26. The event was a glamorous one featuring an evening of music and fashion hosted by Gagasi FM’s Collen Zondo and Top Billing presenter, Ayanda Thabethe.

The most prestigious award of the evening was the Durban Designer of the Year 2017, which was awarded to award winning Durban designer, Terrence Bray.

Bray, who has played a big role in mentoring young and emerging designers through the years at the DFF, was born and raised in Durban and launched his own label in 1998. Over the years, he has built his career and brand to the point where he is now an internationally recognised designer.

The success of Terrence Bray is based on a firm and distinctive design philosophy – to strive for the best quality and design possible at that moment. This year’s collection, dedicated to his father, featured strong tailoring elements in bold black and white.

The second big award of the evening was the Durban Fashion Legend 2017 which is based on nominations from within the local fashion industry. This was awarded to Lindiwe Khuzwayo. This veteran designer and couturier of 30 years and successful business woman has been a role model for many. Her creations have graced both local and international runways in Marseilles, France and Cannes. Khuzwayo founded the Lindiwe Khuzwayo Fashion Design Studio and Lindiwe Khuzwayo Academy of Fashion in 1986. The academy was in line with her vision of supporting and actively promoting and empowering the youth which she is very passionate about.

Business support programme manager, Sindi Shangase, whose vision and hard work has made the Durban Fashion Fair a much anticipated annual event on the city’s calendar, congratulated all award winners and pointed out that both the acceptance speeches and the hard work that had gone into getting each and every collection on the DFF 2017 runway had once again proven that fashion goes way beyond glitz and glamour.

“This year’s theme, Dawn of the Arts, is about the reawakening of the creative industry and realization of the arts as a lucrative business opportunity. It also recognises the different arts within our multi-talented city and shows how they can all inspire each other and work together. The DFF is evidence of this. Six years into the journey, the DFF has gone from a single night event of just six shows featuring 12 designers to a four-day event featuring over 40 designers, including specially invited creative’s from the African continent,” she said.

At the award event, Shangase thanked all who had believed in the DFF and contributed towards making it the success story it is today. “This includes the established designers who have participated and advised us, the many professionals who have assisted, big retail brands, sponsors and, most importantly, the many people working behind the scenes handling lighting, sound, choreography, hair, catering and more.”

After much deliberation regarding the high standard of fashion that took to the 2017 DFF catwalk, the independent judge’s decision for all the categories were made up of former YOU magazine fashion director and now creative director of CHULAAP, Chu Suwannapha; the founder of G&D Apparel, Greg Wallis, Drum Fashion editor, Peta-lee Matjaola and Themba Mthethwa who is the Regional Operations Manager for Markham jointly concluded that one such designer is Zama Mathe, the lead designer of Zarth, who was awarded the Collection of the Week award for a collection that once again displayed timeless, African inspired elegance and femininity.

Founded in 2009, Zarth has evolved into a creative design house employing a fully qualified team of professionals. The fledgling brand made its DFF debut in 2013, earning Zama Mathe an internship to Milan, Italy. She has participated at the DFF every year since then and was awarded the prestigious DFF Designer of the Year title in 2016.

Another example is Mxolisi Luke Mkhize, who heads up House of Saint Luke which took home the Best Menswear Collection Award 2017.

Born and raised in Durban, Mkhize was selected for an internship in Milan in 2012 and has showcased at the DFF ever since. He also took home the Best Menswear Collection award at the inaugural awards event in 2015.

The Best Ladieswear Collection 2017 award went to Quiteria & George. Quiteria Kekana and George Malelu, one of the most talked about design pairings of late, showcased their bold African prints and elegant designs, for the second time at the DFF this year.

The Best African Collection went to West African fashion brand Quame Owusu which is owned by Ghanian designer, Samuel Owusu. This was his first showing on the DFF ramp.

This year’s Fashion Innovator Award, which goes to designers who push the boundaries and embrace technological innovation, went to Martin John Steenkamp while the Emerging Designer of the Year 2017 was self-taught designer, Muzi Innocent Mlambo of Mita-N Dzyns.

Four years ago, the DFF introduced a model search, providing an opportunity for youngsters from disadvantaged communities to not only get themselves on the DFF ramp but also to begin to build a modelling career.

This year’s New Face of the Year (ladies) was Amanzimtoti’s Samantha Jali who is currently studying shipping and logistics, while the New Face of the Year (men) was 26 year-old Samkelo Shinga from Umlazi.

Independent Media walked off with the Fashion Business Award and Athenkosi Mfungula, Claudia Novuka and Leona Pillay were recognised as the 2017 rising stars from the Mentorship Programme which is an initiative developed by the eThekwini Municipality to grow the fashion industry in the city and to create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young designers and assist them with skills relating to the business of fashion!

 

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It’s here! The Durban Fashion Fair officially kicks off!

 

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Courtesy of @dbnfashion_fair Instagram

It is officially the Dawn of the Arts at the Durban Fashion Fair 2017 which takes place from tonight,  August 23rd and runs until Saturday, August 26th

For four days, the Durban ICC and surrounds will be transformed into a fashion extravaganza as some of the city’s hottest designers celebrate the reawakening of the creative industry and the realization of the arts as a lucrative business opportunity.

Tickets to the various showings by both local fashion talents and invited designers from throughout the African continent will go on sale from today.

Themed the Dawn of the Arts, the Durban Fashion Fair 2017 presented by the eThekwini Municipality will be spread over three days – from August 23rd to 25th and will wrap up with the Recognition awards on August 26th.

Tonight (Wednesday, August 23rd), the official launch opening hosted by Khaya Dladla (from SABC 1’s Uzalo) together with Londiwe Nqobile Cele (DYR co-breakfast show host) will take place followed by the 2016 DFF Mentorship Programme Designers – Azola Tanzi (Azee Tanzi), Martin John Steenkamp (Martin John), Narcissi Madisha (Kameo Kids), Ceri Williams (Evaelathil Designs) and Zimbili Shezi (ZimbyLees Apparel). They will be followed by the 2017 Mentorship Programme designers: Athenkosi Mfungula; Bongekile Sondezi; Casey Hutchinson; Cheryl Jafta; Claudia Novuka; Leona Pillay; Nishthi Sewnath; Nivadni Sewnath; Ntokozo Buthelezi and Wanda Majubana at 19h30 with invited designers Thokozani Mbatha (Black Pepper) and Sandile Duke Mngadi (Duke “Clothe Your Soul”) taking to the ramp at 20h30.

Our invited African designers for the evening will be Clement Effanga (Clemas Couture) and SidumisoTshuma (Shadow by Sidumiso) at 21h30. The evening will culminate in a Markham retail collection showing at 22h30.

On Thursday, August 24th, the DFF will begin slightly earlier with emerging designers Kwenzi Nkomo (Indoni Fashion House), Treasure Cindi and Melinda Corrine (Noice) exhibiting their collections from 17h30. Next on the ramp will be Muzi Innocent Mlambo (Mita-N Dzyns), Zama Gumede (ZAVIAR Fashions) and Eli Ball (Eli Ball Made in Africa) at 18h30.

Invited designers Quiteria Lebohang Kekana and George Malelu (Quiteria and George) and Amanda Laird Cherry will showcase their creations at 19h30. African invited designers Charity Nyirongo (Mo’ Creations & Couture), Rodrigue Tchatcho (Rodrig Couture), Yolanda Ngwenya (Bakhar) and Samuel Owusu (Quame Owusu) will be up next at 20h30.

Invited Designer Sandile Mlambo (House of Alfalfa) will host his show, off site, at 82 Hunter Street (behind the ICC) at 21h30.

During the day on Friday, August 25th  between 09h30 and 12 noon in Hall 5 at the ICC, there will be a panel discussion taking place whereby leading industry players within the fashion related industry will discuss various topics relating to the “Business of Fashion” – the panellists include: Linda Makanya (Creative Director & Head Designer for Linda Makhanya Tailored Suits); Paledi Segapo (Founder & Creative Director – PALSE); Noёl Paulson (General Manager Quality Assurance – EDCON); Lukas Nangolo (Junior Brand Manager – Markham); Masana Chikeka (Programme Manager: Design – Dept of Arts and Culture) and Drum Fashion editor, Peta-Lee Matjaola. It is free admission to attend the panel discussion! The facilitator for the discussion is Top Billing presenter Ayanda Thabethe.

After the discussion, it is back to the business of the fashion shows on Friday, August 25th, with invited designers Kireshen Chetty, Brenda Quin (Diva Designs) and Jacqui Emmanuel who will be dazzling the Durban audiences at 17h30. Vanessa Pillay (Hombre`), Mxolisi Luke Mkhize (House of Saint Luke) and emerging designer, Musawenkosi Sebeko (Afro Amanno) will follow at 18h30.

Invited designers Karen Monk-Klijnstra and Zama Mathe (Zarth) will wow our audience at 19h30 and Paledi Segapo (PALSE) at 20h30. To wrap up the evening at 21h30, Kathrin Kidger and Terrence Bray will show what has made them household names in the Durban Fashion industry for decades.

The highlight of the Durban Fashion Fair 2017 will be the DFF Recognition Awards on Saturday, August 26th. Starting at 19h00 and hosted by Gagagsi FM on air personality Collen Zondo together with TV personality and Top Billing presenter, Ayanda Thabethe.

 This fashion forward evening will feature live entertainment by Aewon Wolf, DJ Siyanda and a “downsized” version of the SAMA award-winning instrumental pop group, the Sterling EQ Duo (consisting of electric violin and cello, electric violin and flute, or electric cello and flute).

The DFF Recognition Awards will recognise the Durban Fashion Legend of the year, the Best Ladies’ Wear Collection, the Best Menswear Collection, the Next Generation/ Emerging Durban Designer of the year, the Fashion Innovator and the Collection of the Week. Three rising stars – our top three 2017 mentees – will also be identified.

Guests can also look forward to the presentation of the Fashion Business Award, the DFF New Face Award, the Best African Designer Collection Award and, last but not least, the Durban Designer of the Year Award.

Tickets are R100 per person per show with students (with a valid student card) paying R50 per show. There will be a 3-night show pass at R225 or the 5-night show pass at R350 a person. The DFF Recognition Awards show tickets are R250 per person.

Tickets are available at webtickets.co.za or selected Pick ‘n Pay outlets as well as limited tickets at the door!

Follow all the fashion action on Facebook , Twitter  & Instagram #DFF2017

 

2 sleeps till the Buco Umhlanga Food and Music Festival!

Matthew Mole -Ukelele LRIt’s National Women’s Day this Wednesday, August 9th and time for the ladies to sit back, relax and enjoy the day off in the best way possible…  with local sounds, fabulous food and good company at The Buco Umhlanga Food and Music Festival.

Hosted at Chris Saunders Park in Umhlanga, ladies are encouraged to bring along their family and friends to celebrate! Doors open from 12 noon till 8pm.

For the food lovers there will be Artisan food stalls boasting fresh, creative, gourmet and mostly South African inspired cuisine, with tasty chow ranging from burgers, chicken strips, Indian street food, chicken prego rolls, peri-peri livers, espetada, flatbreads with gourmet toppings and potato twisters, that will complement the local craft beer offering at the craft beer tent.

Added to the mix will be a G&T Garden, and a selection of fine wines sure to get you moving to the sounds of local South African artists including headline act, Matthew Mole.

Well-known South African artist Matthew Mole will entertain you with his amazing vocal talent. His signature sound of folk with electronics will have you singing-a-long to fan favourites such as Take Yours, I’ll Take Mine, Run, Holding on and more. He was recently nominated in the categories for Best Pop and Best Produced album at the 23rd edition of the South African Music Awards and is sure to make your Women’s Day extra special.

Whether you are a local or not, keep it ‘lekker’ at the Buco Umhlanga Food and Music Festival.

Tickets cost R100 per person through Webtickets and R120 at the door. Children under 8 years are free.

Don’t forget, with so much on offer, own food, drink and umbrellas will not be permitted at the venue.  Alcohol will not sold to persons under the age of 18.

To keep updated follow the Facebook events page Umhlanga food and music festival

For more information contact Big Nite Out on 031 563 4298.

 

Treat yourself on Tuesdays this Women’s Month at Granada!

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In celebration of Women’s Month, Granada Square presents Treat me Tuesday for all the ladies who enjoy a little spoil!

Every Tuesday in August, revive yourself from the Monday blues by indulging in special offers from Sorbet, Simply Panache Hair & Beauty, Angelos, Little Havana and Pintxada.

Pop into Sorbet and receive half price on all full body massages – hot stone, aromatherapy and Swedish (full prices range from R430-R475), or visit Simply Panache hair salon to tame your mane at only R95 for a wash and blow dry.

For those wanting to make the most of their afternoons, dine in style at Angelo’s, Little Havana or Pintxada with lunch specials sure to suit all palates.

Lovers of the Mediterranean will enjoy all that Little Havana has to offer, with an option of a two course meal for R120 or a three course meal at R140, which includes a glass of complimentary Wolftrap wine, Tanqueray gin & tonic or Stella Artois.

Starters include a choice of Soup Du Jour, Vietnamese Pork Cakes, Chicken Livers, Chilli Sweet Potato Salad or Cuban Beef Strips, with an option of main courses such as 200g Grilled Steak, Coriander Chicken Pasta, Grilled Baby Sole, Slow Roast Pork Belly or Butternut Squash Curry.

Desserts include a choice between Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce or Dessert of the day.

If you prefer a more tapas style lunch, Pintxada has the option of a two course meal for R120 or a three course meals at R130, which includes a glass of complimentary 330ml Amstel or Heineken, Wolftrap wine or Strongbow cider.

Tapas include a choice of Gazpacho, Ensalada del dia (V), Traditional Bravas, Gnocci (V), Spicy Wings, Chicken Livers on toast, Croquetas and Albondigas.

Plato Principal has a range of different dishes including Pasta del dia, Risotto (V), ½ Rotisserie Chicken and chips, Deboned Pork Ribs, 200g Steak with chips and sauce or Thai Vegetable Curry (V), alternatively there is the option of Panini with Frites, with a choice of either Chicken, Pulled Pork or Smoked Salmon.

Dessert or “Postre” include a choice of Ices & Sorbets or Dessert of the day.

And finally, if Italian is what you are after, Angelo’s is also offering their lunch special featuring a two course meal at R130 or a three course meal for R140 which includes a complimentary glass of wine, Amstel or Amstel lite or a Strongbow cider.

Depending on your selection, you can enjoy a starter, with the options of La Caprese, Michel Angelo, Minestrone Soup, Grilled Calamari or Peri Peri Chicken Livers.

Continue reading “Treat yourself on Tuesdays this Women’s Month at Granada!”

A celebration for the French!

From 13-15 July, the Bastille Day Wine Festival was hosted at Granada Square in Umhlanga.

The event celebrated all things French with superb wine on offer from over 35 wine estates including Boekenhoutskloof winery, HermanusPietersfontein, Domaine des Dieux, Miles Mossop, Diemersdal, Ken Forrester Wines, Leopard’s Leap, Pierre Jourdan, Protea, Steenberg, Graham Beck Wines, Franschhoek Cellar Wines, Boschendal 1685, Distillery 031, Hartenberg Wine Estate, Dieu Donne Winery, Baleia Wines , Oak Valley Wine Estate, La Vierge Wines, Kloovenburg Wine, Holden Manz Wine Estate, Strandveld, Jordan Wine Estate, Paul Wallace Wines, Groote Post, Stella Artois
Rekordilig, Huis De Chevallerie, Vermut Premon accompanied by delectable European inspired gourmet food made available from Europa, Angelo’s, Pintxada, Little Havana and Ferruci.

Wondering what Bastille day is?

Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France. The French National Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790.

The event was enjoyed by all those who attended and Granada Square look forward to next year’s celebrations of the blue, white and red!

 

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Fun French props supplied by Alliance Francaise Durban for photo opportunities

 


KZN’s first Fitch & Leedes Gin and Tonic Festival – a success!

On Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 KZN hosted the very first Fitch & Leedes Gin and Tonic Festival at the picturesque Chris Saunders Park in the heart of Umhlanga.

With a combination of lifestyle elements, bringing together food, music and the biggest variety of gin that Durban has ever seen, the event was a resounding success with gin enthusiasts and those just in for the fun of it, having the choice to select between a Gin & Tonic taster or a perfect serve Gin & Tonic, poured by the mixologists, complemented by fresh garnishes as well as relaxed live music by the Gus Brown band as well as other local acts.

The event saw a great turnout and out of the hundreds of people that attended the festival, I captured quite a few of the groups of friends and family that were enjoying the experience. Seen at the event were:

 

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 Aran Jung, Carolyn Ogle and Cathrine Boogaard
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Laura and Warren Taylor, Craig and Lee Du Bruyn and Di Smith
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Colin Chester, Shirley Berko (Cuizine Africa) and Gareth Lagesse
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Back L-R: Moses Beukes, Brian Vezi & In front L-R: Mandisa Ngema, Mbali Radebe, Ndo Vezi, Thuleka Cele and Mbali Koba
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Emelia Govender, Kajol Gabriel, Alisa Reddy and Lucrecia Singh
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Travis Lester, Tasha and Brett Neilson and Justin Van Vuuren

 

Kerry and Caylen Kirsten with Shelley Richards
Kerry and Caylen Kirsten with Shelley Richards

 

Till next time!

Ciao…