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Get Ready For Social Media Week Durban 2020 – SMW Global Theme: HUMAN.X

HUMAN.X will lead an important conversation focused on what it means to take a human-first and experience-driven approach to marketing; with three sub-themes: Attention Revolution, Empathy Economics, and Privacy Matters.

The state of digital marketing will be explored through nine curated discussion topics, including:

  • Storytelling -Creating with Intention
  • The Rise of Influencer MarketingMonetisationThe Evolution of Artificial Intelligence AI vs Humanity
  • Youth Entrepreneurship & Social Media
  • Government Communication & Social Media
  • The Future is Social Commerce (Community Builder or Destroyer) Each session will also provide actionable takeaways that map business objectives including increasing brand awareness, growing and engaging audiences, acquiring customers and driving sales, and tracking the competitive landscape. In 2020, #SMWDurban has increased the number of masterclasses and opportunities to attend, while also offering an enhanced assortment of digital and in-real-life (IRL) networking opportunities to generate ideas through communication.As always the SMW Influencer Recognition Awards will occur on the Friday evening where content creators who have excelled in the past 12 months will be honoured. The full schedule of events during the 4-day conference is available on

Expected conference attendees are youth and small businesses, digital marketers, brand strategists, government officials to sponge knowledge from the world class speakers.


With just two weeks to go to 2020’s first major musical festival in Johannesburg, the countdown to the highly anticipated second annual Cotton Fest has officially begun.

Showcasing over 100 unique acts performing on different stages, Cotton Fest is a celebration of music and fashion. Merging both known and unknown South African talent, the festival platforms the diverse elements of the hiphop culture, while fusing the gaps within the popular local movements in Mzansi.

Taking place at The Station in central Johannesburg on the first day of February, the festival is set to attract over 8 000 youngsters.

The Station is currently being upgraded for the 2020 edition of the festival to accommodate the expected crowd, in addition to housing the first-of-its-kind stage and offer a safer festival experience for all attendees.

Exciting new elements of the Festival this year include:

  • A FIRST OF ITS KIND IN SA STAGE –  Newly produced roofing and staging structure which will includes a 30m (wide) x 10m (high) stage. Production is set to reveal the headline artists in a powerful dramatic way
  • 16 unique food stalls
  • 5 themed bars (including a cocktail bar)
  • Branded Sneaker activations
  • Other dynamic installations
  • Additional Security and SAP presence
  • Wider safety perimeter  across the venue with official road closures

“Cotton Fest much like Desperados resonates with the culture, so the synergy was just an obvious one when we joined the team last year. With joint plans to take Cotton Fest to the next level this year, we are super excited to get behind this celebration of music and fashion, where so many of SA’s talent are showcased and saluted. We look forward to officiate this partnership on the 1st of Feb, as we kick off 2020’, confirmed Desperados brand manager Mathew Walton.

COTTON FEST is supported by media giants MTV and YFM. Confirmed partners include Desperados, Standard Bank, BAT, Jägermeister, Redbull, Dickies and Converse.

Tickets now on sale at Webtickets and Pick n Pay outlets nationwide.


Date:              Saturday, 1st February 2020

Venue:           The Station (Carr Street & Nelson Mandela Bridge, Newtown, JHB)

Views At Twenty5 Presents #RetroVibes

We all know Views At Twenty5 being the coolest venue to host some of the city’s coolest events, while most of you are agreeing with me on this it’s doing it again next week Friday from 5pm, introducing a whole new themed event to it’s Calendar.

If you’re like me, love being spotted amongst the cool kids, enjoy great music and more that this beautiful venue always brings please make sure you clear your Calendar for the 22nd of March to attend #RetroVibes which promises nothing but good food, music and Retro trends.

I recently spoke to an organising member of #RetroVibes and this is what they had to say:

-Why Retro? Life can be stressful at times so I thought why not do something where people can de-stress and re-kindle memories of a simpler time.

-Who is your target audience? My target audience is any who can relate to last the 2 to 3 decades or simply just wants to try something different.

-Why people should not miss it?
Firstly it’s not something you see or do everyday, secondly it’s taking place in one of Durban’s Premier Rooftop Venues, Views@Twenty5 home of the tea pot cocktails and beautiful panoramic view of the city.

-CoverCharge? Cover charge is free for the first 100 guests, thereafter it is R100.

-What are your expectations?
A positive turnout, people having a good time and the event being remembered as an unforgettable experience.

-Would there be any entertainment? Just local DJs
-Are we going to be seeing more ‘Retro’ Themed events happening at Views? I don’t know, let’s see how this one turns out.

I hope to see all of you guys there, all you have to do is book a table and make your reservation by calling or sending a WhatsApp to Thabiso +27 73 917 8586.

Diarise the dates for Decorex Durban now!

Africa’s largest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition portfolio will extend the continent’s influence on global style with the first instalment, Decorex Durban, taking place at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 21 to 24 March 2019.

“Decorex SA is taking ownership of its role as a leader in décor this 2019 through our inspired theme, ‘Designing for Africa – feels like home’,” explained Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions. “All three shows will reflect the unique African essence of the individual province, with these varied styles all grounded by one undeniable fact – this is home. Visitors to Decorex Durban will be the first to experience this soul-replenishing theme through the numerous features and trends all curated by the region’s best designers.”

True to the Decorex brand, the 2019 exhibition programme boasts a number of inspired new installations which will speak to the upcoming trends. Some of the key features include:

  • Decorex Trend House 
  • InStudio Trend Theatre
  • Children’s Playroom & Décor Project
  • The Lighting Project
  • The Kitchen Trend Project
  • The Bathroom Project
  • The Design Project
  • Wine & Champagne Bar
  • The Secret Gin Garden
  • Global Trends
  • Rum & Beer Bar
  • StreEATERY
  • The Mint Café
  • The Wine Tasting Cellar
  • 1-Day Pop-up Market

Visitors can also look forward to the latest design, build and lifestyle products from innovative trade leaders, working alongside Durban’s most dynamic artists. In addition, stylised restaurants and bars will be located throughout the exhibition space, offering quality food and drink menus.

Don’t miss out on the ultimate décor exhibition, Decorex Durban. Book your tickets now at

Decorex Durban

Decorex Durban

21 – 24 March 2019

10am – 6pm daily

Durban Exhibition Centre

Trade-focused day: 22 March 2019

Ticket Prices:   Adults – R95

                        Student/Pensioners – R85

                        Kids U12 – R20

                        Trade – R85

                        Exhibitor – R85

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