Currently Browsing: Press releases

Good Vibes Only At The Durban Street Food Festival This September

Experience the melting pot of flavors, cultures, sounds and sights that made Durban the cosmopolitan smorgasbord it is today.

While you tease your taste buds with African, Indian, Asian and other mouthwatering flavors, enjoy the sumptuous sounds of the finest local Musical talent, with live bands and dj’s to heat things up when the sun goes down. From Veranda Panda to RED ROBYN, get down to the sound of the city. Laugh with your mouth fall as you’re entertained by the most hilarious local lekker comedians, and get your grubby paws on the future of fashion by the city’s chicest young designers.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKET

Family fun for a full belly, with a spoonful of giggles and a pinch of wiggles for good measure, let Durban Street Food Festival serve up the entrée you’ve been waiting for.

4-Day Festival of 40 Street Food vendors with authentic flavors From around the world!

  • 10 Craft Vendors
  • Live Durban Bands
  • Comedy
  • Craft & GIN Beer Garden
  • Art
  • Durban DJ’s
  • Short Film Screenings
  • FOOD Demos
  • Info Sessions
  • Jazz Expressions
  • Food Blogging

Why support Durban Street Food Festival?

Durban Street Food Festival provides a venue to build appreciation for Durban’s diversity. The Festival celebrates the global culture and the ethnic diversity of Durban through culinary arts, music, performance art and social connection. We proudly welcome new people from around the world into our community every year, and we provide a unique venue for people to share cultural culinary traditions with one another. The Festival is a vehicle to promote cultural understanding and appreciation in our community

The Durban Street Food Festival has a strong economic impact on the community supporting local food and beverage vendors and restaurants at the event.  In addition we create platforms for local Durban talent to perform and showcase themselves. The Durban Street Food Festival offers valuable corporate recognition opportunities that demonstrate a commitment to diversity, cultural entertainment and a strong sense of community. The Festival provides a unique opportunity for corporate sponsors to receive highly visible and concentrated recognition. This includes recognition on large-scale signage throughout the Festival site, in advertisements in regional media, as well as one-of-a-kind public relations and editorial opportunities related to the event.


Sifiso Nene’s TYPICAL ZULU Show Kicks Off At The Playhouse

Award-winning Comedian Sifiso Nene returns to Durban with his clever and outstanding one man show TYPICAL ZULU on the 4th November at The Playhouse. Sifiso is no stranger in the entertainment industry, having recently finished a nation-wide tour of his phenomenal Baby Mama Drama.

He launched his career in 2009 when he won the first season of “So you think you are funny” which was a nationwide talent search for up and coming comedians on SABC1. Since then he has kept his winning streak alive, as he won the SATMAS as the Best Indigenous Comedian as well as the Comics Choice Awards – audience choice category winner for two years in a row.

It is no surprise that Nene is a one of the favorite South African comedians as his material is relevant and relates to them. He also starred in the Mzansi Magic hit show Taxi Ride, and on a number of Standard Bank commercials.

His topics for the show will range from Zulu taxi, the Zulu president, the Zulus in general, but more than everything…himself as a TYPICAL ZULU. So whether you are Zulu or know someone who is Zulu, this show will have everyone in stitches.

Sifiso is excited to showcase his work in his supportive hometown. “I love performing in Durban, for my people, also this show needs no translation, no explanation to them, we get to unpack being a Zulu people and embrace it” commented the sought-after entertainer.

Right after The Playhouse, Nene will be bringing the show to Johannesburg’s Silverstar Casino.

Purchase tickets to the TYPICAL ZULU show in Durban from www.computicket.co.zaranging from R170.

Interact with Sifiso Nene on Twitter & Facebook.


South Africa’s ‘inxeba’ Bags A String Of Awards Ahead Of The Durban International Film Festival

South African film ‘Inxeba’ (known internationally as ‘The Wound’) has won the Best Film Award in the International New Talent Competition, at the  current Taipei Film Festival ahead of its African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival at The Playhouse next week (14 July).

Watch trailer here:

This is a latest in a string of awards for the film, which explores tradition and masculinity, and the clash between age-old rituals and modernity. Described by Variety magazine as “a milestone in South African cinema”, the film stars musician and novelist Nakhane Touré as Xolani, a lonely factory worker who joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When Kwanda (Niza Jay Ncoyini), a defiant initiate from the city, discovers his mentor’s secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel.

At Cinema Jove, the Valencia International Film Festival, held in Spain from 23 June to 1 July, ‘Inxeba’ was awarded the Luna de Valencia for Best Feature Film, as well as the Best Actor Award for Nakhane Touré.

At one of the world’s longest-running film festivals, the Sydney Film Festival, held from 7 to 18 June, ‘Inxeba’ won the Audience Award for Best Feature, with ScreenDaily describing it as “a measured consideration of class, race, self-loathing and self-assertion”.

At the 41st Frameline, San Francisco’s international film festival, held from 15 to 25 June and where 147 films were screened, ‘Inxeba’ won the First Feature Award.

Shortly before that, it was awarded the prize for Best Feature Film at the 32nd Lovers Film Festival, an LGBTQI festival held in Turin, Italy from 15 to 20 June.

In April, the film received the Jury Prize for Best Narrative at the 19th annual Sarasota Film Festival in Florida, in the US. The festival is known as a world-class platform for thought-provoking films from some of the best known and emerging independent filmmakers. At the MOOOV International Film held in March 2017, in Belgium, it garnered a Special Mention.

‘Inxeba’, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and later opened Berlinale Panorama, was a 2014 Durban FilmMart project. This initial pitch enabled the team behind it to obtain funding from a number of international financiers, resulting in a co-production between South Africa, France, Germany and The Netherlands.

According to a Sundance review, “John Trengove’s hard-edged but beautifully wrought study of clashing Xhosa models of masculinity will be an eye-opener to outsiders — and some South Africans too.”

‘Inxeba’ is the first feature from writer-director John Trengove, and is co-written by Trengove, Thando Mgqolozana and Malusi Bengu. The Xhosa initiation ritual which forms the landscape of the film is also the subject of ‘Inxeba’ co-writer Mgqolozana’s novel, ‘A Man Who Is Not a Man’.

‘Inxeba’ will continue to travel around the world, having been sold to 19 countries for theatrical release thus far, and will be distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution.

“The release strategy for South Africa ensures that the film will qualify as a strong contender to represent the country in the Foreign Language Film nominations for the 2018 Oscars,” says Helen Kuun, MD of Indigenous Film Distribution. “We are excited about ‘Inxeba’ as it is an authentic South African story that has gained traction globally.”

Director John Trengove, lead actor Nakhane Toure, some of the cast as well as co-producer Cait Pansegrouw, will be in attendance at the premiere.

‘Inxeba’ will be screened at 6pm on Friday, July 14 at The Playhouse, 8pm on Tuesday, July 18 at Sterkinekor Gateway, 2.30pm on Saturday, July 22 at Sterkinekor Gateway. Bookings for the Playhouse are through www.computicket.com, and for Sterkinekor on www.sterkinekor.com. For more information about the Durban International Film festival go to www.durbanfilmfest.co.za


Videovision Entertainment To Premiere Four Films At The 38th Durban International Film Festival

Videovision Entertainment’s Director of Acquisition and Distribution Sanjeev Singh, announced today that the company will premiere four films, at the 38th Durban International Film Festival which runs from 13 to 23 July.  Leading the line-up is the Opening Night film, SERPENT produced by Enigma Films, Plastic Soldiers, and Videovision Entertainment, followed by BELOW HER MOUTHTHE KILLING FLOOR and VICEROY’S HOUSE.

“As a proudly Durban-based company, we are delighted to be continuing our close relationship with the Durban International Film Festival and to have the South African premieres of our films at the Festival, and to have writer/director, Amanda Evans present her debut feature SERPENT as the Opening Night film,” said Sanjeev Singh. “Of special significance to Durban is THE KILLING FLOOR, the first film from the Durban production company, KZF.  BELOW HER MOUTH is a ground-breaking film with an all women crew, while VICEROY’S HOUSE explores the role played by Britain’s last Viceroy to India, Lord Mountbatten in negotiating independence and handing India back to its people in 1947,” concluded Singh.

Opening Night film, SERPENT, explores a romantic escape into nature which becomes the ultimate moment of reckoning when a husband and wife are trapped in a tent with a deadly black mamba. Unable to escape and with certain death looming, the tent becomes a heated confessional to a cataclysmic truth. Betrayed, the couple finds themselves spiralling into a dark and dangerous game of survival, where the truth can do anything but set you free.  SERPENT is the first feature from director, Amanda Evans and stars Sarah Dumont and Tom Ainsley.

BELOW HER MOUTH is a bold, uninhibited drama that begins with a passionate weekend affair between two women. Dallas, a roofer and Jasmine, a fashion editor, share a powerful and immediate connection that inevitably derails both of their lives., BELOW HER MOUTH is directed by April Mullen and stars Canadian actress, Natalie Krill and Swedish model, Erika Linder in her first acting role.

THE KILLING FLOOR follows a sequence of events while a vigilante group orders a hit man to execute the first of four drug dealers, Melvin Poon sits in his magistrate friend Billy’s offices and reflects on his life. He has no choice but to concede that he has failed. As a writer, as a farmer… as a man. Not one of his five novels, his five ‘canon’s of truth’, have been picked up for publication. He’s also in the process of losing his inheritance; a magnificent sugar estate that’s been passed down from generation to generation of Poon men. The film is written and directed by Philip Gardner and features Jonathan Pienaar, Patrick Ndlovu and Durban’s Themi Venturas.

In VICEROY’S HOUSE we see the last Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change. This year marks the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from Britain as well as the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.  The film stars Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Manish Dayal and Om Puri, and is directed by Gurinder Chadha.

Videovision Entertainment also proudly returns as a sponsor of the Durban FilmMart for the eight consecutive year. The company has sponsored the “Best South African Film Project” prize since the inception of the FilmMart.  Valued at R75 000, the prize guarantees the winning film a commercial release once it is completed and includes marketing and distribution support from Videovision Entertainment. The Durban FilmMart runs from 14 to 17 July.


« Previous Entries

Powered by WordPress | Designed by Elegant Themes