Some of Durban’s top comedians star at the Freedom Café comedy festival.
Some of Durban’s top comedians star at the Freedom Café comedy festival.

What’s on in Durban

By Frank Chemaly Time of article published Apr 24, 2021

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Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market: (today). From 6.30am to 12.30pm. Full Covid protocols in place. Fresh produce, crafts, ready-made foods, decor items, furniture, pet products, outdoor goods, nursery and jewellery as well as a nature trail and great view points. Call 031 777 4686.

Musgrave Market: (today) Under the trees at Berea Park for good food, good music and stalls selling arts and crafts, clothing, accessories, confectionery, baked goods, books, toys, plants, good quality second-hand items and more. From 9am to 2pm.

Golden Hours Market: (tomorrow) Relaxed family market at the Golden Hours School from 10am to 2pm. All Covid-19 protocols and strict physical distancing in place. Call Lyn at 083 262 3693.

Clansthal Market: (tomorrow) The autumn craft market to raise funds for the Clansthal conservancy features handmade crafts and home-made food stalls in the beautiful garden of Keith and Liz Cunningham. From 9am to 2pm at 111 Pig & Whistle Drive, Clansthal. Call Liz at 083 556 8108.

uMhlanga Farmers Market: Every Wednesday from 8am to noon in Autumn Drive, Prestondale. Call Ethel at 060 303 3957.

Windermere Antiques Fair: About 20 dealers selling a wide selection of antiques, vintage and collectibles on the lower level of Windermere Centre on May 1 from 8.30am to 2pm. Interesting treasures to suit all pockets. Call Helen Clementz at 084 241 0241

Durban Vintage Market: Collection of fun retro and vintage clothing and decorative items at the Dolos, 5 Southampton Row, Point, on May 1 from 10am to 3pm. Also the Sidehustle market on May 2 featuring a great collection of home-made produce.

The Windermere Antiques fair offers a great selecion of antique and vintage collectibles.


Old Mushroom Farm, Howick: (today) Mayine, The Rain Queen is a mythical story about rain and responsible water use, in a performance created, written and told by Makhubalo Ikaneng at noon. Tickets R150 at Webtickets.

Old Mushroom Farm, Howick: (today) Kikiza Pride and Joy is a colourful one-woman show in which Nomusa Zondi reflects on wounded family pride and the joys of embracing her culture. The play is 95% English and 5% Zulu and is written and directed by Makhubalo Ikaneng. At 2pm. Tickets R150 at Webtickets.

Rhumbelow Durban: (today and tomorrow) Durban musicians Andy Turrell, John Ellis and Evan Cullum pay tribute to the legends in Billy Joel Meets Sting. April 24 and 26 at 7.30pm. April 25 and 27 at 2pm. Tickets R160 from Computicket or email [email protected]

Rhumbelow, Tina’s: (today and tomorrow) Aaron is Alive this Week!! is a lockdown comedy from Mr Funny himself, Aaron McIlory. Today at 7.30pm, tomorrow at 2pm. Tables of four only. Tickets R180 or R280, including dinner, from Computicket or email [email protected]

Rhumbelow, Pietermaritzburg: (tomorrow) Dire Straits Unplugged takes in the music of Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits brought to you by Barry Thomson and The Reals at 2pm. Also in Durban April 30 to May 2. Tickets R160 from Computicket or email [email protected]


Altitude: (tomorrow) Open mic comedy night every Sunday hosted by Friends of South African Comedy. Opens at 6pm with the show at 7pm. Entry R30.

Freedom Café: Freedom Café Comedy Show on April 29 brings you some of Durban's top comedians in Bash with Tash, Daryl Williams, Mmangaliso Mhlongo, Monde Blose and Melissa Jhinku. Happy Hour between 5pm and 7pm with dinner specials, show at 8pm. Tickets R80 on Webtickets. Call Cassandra at 060 567 8690 or Chevonne at 076 800 5429.

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, uMhlanga: Jokers Corner Night on April 29 at 7pm with your host Simphiwe Shembe and featuring Flymotion and Simunye Church Boy. Tickets R250 from Webtickets, R270 at the door.

Royal uShaka Hotel: Curry & Comedy with Spencer Govender and Darryl Williams on April 30 at 7pm. Also featuring Kams Govender, Mangaliso Mhlongo, Monde Blose and Thami Dhlamini. Tickets R100 from Webtickets, call Zane Ebrahim at 063 192 1834.

Alyssa Bouwer (clarinet), Ilse Myburgh (piano) and Nigel Fish (cello) have two shows in Kamberg tomorrow.


Chris Duigan in Concert: (today) Live broadcast online of many favourite classics at 6pm. See

Alliance Francaise: (today) Abahambayo perform Zulu à Paris, a musical extravaganza on at 6pm. Abahambayo are Frankie Buthelezi on vocals, Nhlanhla Zondi on guitar and vocals, Barry Clausen on bass and Oudskül on percussion. They aim to preserve African folk music by fusing modern jazz and pop technique to appeal to almost everyone. Entrance R100 at the door.

Puddles Cottage, Kamberg: (tomorrow) Music for clarinet, cello and piano at 11am and 3pm. Alyssa Bouwer (clarinet), Ilse Myburgh (piano) and Nigel Fish (cello) play an eclectic programme that includes Saint Saens’ Le Cygne and Clarinet Sonata; Villa Lobos’ Song of the Black Swan; Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro and Fantasiestucke and Beethoven’s trio for piano, clarinet and cello Op.11. Limited to 45 patrons. Tickets R120 including a cup of coffee and cookie. Contact Agnes Jerman at 082 683 1583 or [email protected]

Shongweni Club: Jam in the Park on April 30 at 6pm features Serrotone with Peter Guthrie (ex Spoonfeedas) vocals, bass and piano, James Robertson (ex-Cubic Inch, SpoonFeedas), vocals, guitars, and bass, and Billy Kruger on drums. Tickets: early bird adults R80, kids R40; from Webtickets, R100 adults, R50 children at the door. Call 082 789 1976.

The Werehouse: The Scorpion Kings Experience with Kabza De Small, the King of the Amapiano genre, and Dj Maphorisa. May 1 at 6pm. Tickets R150 from Webtickets.

Popsicle Lounge: Purple Rain Day promotes up-and-coming artists, musicians, rappers and fashion designers with a platform to showcase their talent. May 1 at 4pm. Tickets R100 at Webtickets.

Sugar Rush Park, Ballito: Pop diva PJ Powers will perform on May 24 from 1pm. Beautiful open grassed areas, kids zones, full bars, food stalls and much more. Tickets: adults R140, kids 6-12 R80, kids U6 R20 from Webtickets.


KZNSA Gallery: An exhibition Double Up featuring artists Alka Dass, Gift Banda, Laylaa Jacobs, Makhosi Ntshangase, Nivesh Rawatlal, Selloane Moeti, Simanga Zondo, Thembi Mthembu, Zama Ntshangase and Zwelinjani Radebe who have not been able to show their work since lockdown. Ends May 9.

Elizabeth Gordon Gallery: Featuring works by Hussein Salim which are are a celebration of the African woman. Call 031 303 8133.

The Green Gallery: Fresh collection of artworks by Nicole Pelts, Michelle Offerman, Nicky Firth, and Angelika Anastasis and bronze sculptor Owen Llewellyn-Davies. Flanders Mall, Mount Edgecombe. Call 031 502 2757.


Amblers Hiking Club: (tomorrow) At 2pm hike Bartlett Estates around the high point of Cato Ridge. Meet on the verge outside the old Inchanga Hotel. Cost R20. Light pub supper afterwards at Pintos. Call David at 072 615 0559.

Cycle Club: Meet every Tuesday at the Mini Town car park on North Beach at 9am for a cycle on the promenade. Call Ian at 083 675 2125.


Alliance Francaise: In April Cine-Club features a selection of the nominated and award-winning French films of this year's edition of the César Award. On April 28 at 6pm catch Arab Blues (Un divan à Tunis) a French-Tunisian debut comedy directed by Manele Labidi Labbé.

The Independent on Saturday

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