Things to do – Durban on a Friday Night

There is so much to do in Durban on a Friday Night. This regular feature will showcase the wide array of amazing events our city has to offer. If you want your event featured, please send an email with all details to 1. Art Exhibition A Very Still Life- Louise Jennings And Jeannie Kinsler […]

There is so much to do in Durban on a Friday Night.

Durban at Night- Pic by Jacek Proniewicz
Durban at Night- Pic by Jacek Proniewicz

This regular feature will showcase the wide array of amazing events our city has to offer. If you want your event featured, please send an email with all details to

1. Art Exhibition

Louise Jennings and Jeannie Kinsler Art Exhibition
Louise Jennings and Jeannie Kinsler Art Exhibition

A Very Still Life- Louise Jennings And Jeannie Kinsler

Venue: @ artSPACE Durban

Louise Jennings and Jeannie Kinsler meshed their contrasting techniques and skills together to create a collection of fine art pieces made up of paintings and ceramics. Their work was enthused by moments of light, objects that hold onto memories as well as form and colour- basically a tiny glimpse into their personal spaces and things that make them tick.

The exhibition began on the 8th September and will run until the 27th of September.

2. Live Music

Beatenberg Album Launch

Venue: UKZN Centre for Jazz

The Hanging Gardens Of Beatenberg is finally out! The dynamic pop trio will be taking a trip around the block to a few of SA’s best cities to launch their album. Although the musicians have been schooled in classical styles of music and are surprisingly inspired by the likes of John Coltrane, Debussy and Beethoven they have managed to translate their influences into contemporary pop sound. Join them at Scully Hall- UKZN Howard College for a memorable show.

Line-up: Gateway Drugs, Bhashkar, DJ Night Vision, Touch Of Soul and many more.

Cost: R80

3. Club Party

Jellebi Bombs
Jellebi Bombs

Venue: Cape to Cairo NightClub
Bollywood House Mafia

Friday night at Cape 2 Cairo is switching up Bollywood style. New Dehli’s nightlife will be making an appearance in the East Coast. Slide along the dance floor as you do the bagurumba or your own embarrassing version of the dougie- nobody really cares, you just need to be there! The line-up is so hot it would inspire a national flash mob in India so Durbanites prepare yourselves for an Eastern meltdown with live belly dancers.

Line-up: DJ Jits, Skitsoul, Yubek, Easy B and others.

Entrance is free.

4. Art Exhibition

DUT Arts and Design Digital Festival
DUT Arts and Design Digital Festival

DUT Arts And Design Digital Festival

Venue: Durban University of Technology

Event info

Durban University Of Technology’s students and staff will be showcasing their skill in the DUT Arts And Design Digital Festival. The festival creates a platform for DUT students to exhibit their creative portfolios, expose themselves as artists and for both the students and staff to market their work.

There will be a heap of exciting activities at the festival like; instant photographs, live tweeting, performance art, application designing and video installations among others.

The festival will run on the 12th of September and on the 13th of September.

5. Club Party
Metal To The Max
Venue: The Winston Pub

Friday night is metal night at the local watering hole. Think loud music, electrifying riffs, a monstrous line-up and the time of your life and that’ll pretty much sum up what you are in for.

Line-up: Afflicted Truth, Burmack and Skinstripper.

Damage: R30

6. Theatre

Shall We Dance
Shall We Dance

Venue: The Natal Playhouse

The Playhouse Opera stage will be alive and kicking with dance talent at the annual showcase of Shall We Dance.

The glitzy showcase featuring eight amateur dance academies will wow the crowds with genres from Latin, Argentinian tango and line dancing to belly dancing, modern and ballroom. A flitter of fast feet will dazzle the audience with the quick step, box step, cha-cha, do-si-do, waltz, enchufla, gancho or even a double reverse spin.
The highlights of the show will be the three visiting professional acts from Johannesburg. Exhibition couple Gerhard van Rooyen and Amor Kruger will ignite the stage with their adagio style.
Grant Esterhuizen and Jeanné Swart, current professional South African Latin champions, take to the stage for four numbers.
Making his third appearance at Shall We Dance is ballroom dancer Penwell Nhlapo, who will dance with Evelyn Kgole. The duo will offer a sexy quick step to Hot Honey Rag from Chicago, and a slow fox trot to Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black.

Tickets: R70, R100, R130.00 on Computicket

7. Art Exhibition

Liquid Light Art Exhibition
Liquid Light Art Exhibition

Venue: @artSPACE

Respected Durban artist Bernice Stott is hosting a solo exhibition, Liquid Light: Forms Drawn From Water, reflecting on the social and symbolic value of water, which opens at artSPACE durban on Monday 8 September where it runs until 27 September.

“The work in the exhibition alludes to a re-mythologizing of the mystique of water to counter a laissez-faire contempt for the earth’s water supplies. These works derive their inspiration from water’s unceasing ability to change shape and transform itself. Water is the liquid counterpart of light and seems to be the element out of which everything can be born,” she considers.
8. Theatre


Venue: DUT Courtyard Theatre


Same Differences
Same Differences

Same Differences is a brand new stage dance-musical conceived, written and directed by Angela Harvey AKA Poppy Seed, is to be presented for the first time at the Courtyard Theatre at Durban University of Technology from 12 – 18 September 2014.

“Same Differences looks at cultural sameness as a means to explore diversity. It draws on the poise and elegance of classical ballet, and the strong passionate dance styles of Native American and South African culture. It appeals on different levels both physically, emotionally, and spiritually,” explains Harvey.

More information and bookings may be made through the Departmental Secretary on (031)3732194 or via email at

9. Greensleeves at Camelot Birthday Weekend

Programme For Camelot
Programme For Camelot

Venue: Greensleeves at Camelot

It’s our 20th year birthday celebration over the 12th and 13th of September… Join us for live music and entertainment…

10. Tommy Dell and Manie Jackson – I Love Country Music

Tommy Dell and Manie Jackson
Tommy Dell and Manie Jackson

Venue: The Dutch Club 111, Tara Road Bluff

The legendary TOMMY DELL accompanied by MANIE JACKSON will be at the DUTCH CLUB, DURBAN on 12th September. Tickets R120 call Cheryl 083-4596531.

R120 p.p. – discounts for pensioners and groups of 10 or more.

11. Art Exhibition

Looking Forward - Our Lives in 2034
Looking Forward – Our Lives in 2034

Venue: Durban Art Gallery

“Looking Forward: Our Lives in 2034” will be held from the 5th of August till the 14th of September 2014.
Twenty years ago seems like yesterday and 2034 is just tomorrow.
In this, the 20th year of democracy in South Africa, the Durban Art Gallery and artSPACE durban are cooperating in an exhibition titled: “Looking Forward: Our Lives in 2034”.
The exhibition is under the curatorship of Jenny Stretton and Karen Bradtke and brings together a group selected artists from KwaZulu-Natal in an exhibition at the Durban Art Gallery.

Each artist presents one artwork, which is a culmination of individual research and the participation in a two-day seminar held at artSPACE durban on July 4 and July 5 and chaired by Tanja Hichert, senior researcher form the Institute for Futures Research, University of Stellenbosch and Director of the South African Node of the Millennium Project.

This exhibition is runs concurrently with an exhibition of works from the Durban Art Gallery collection curated by Jenny Stretton and, together, represents the most significant exhibition in Durban for a very long time.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Natal Arts Trust.

Selection artists are:
Andreas Chasomeris, Karla Nixon, Caroline Birch, Dane Knudsen, Modisa Tim Motsomi, Karen Bradtke, Terence King, Skullboy, Tony Starkey, Thami Jali, Lee Scott Hempson, Harry Lock, swany, Grace Kotze, Marlene Wasserman, and Colwyn Thomas.
You may find all of the images on show at under “Artworks Available”.

12. Karaoke Night

Jack Rabbits at 203 North (Peter Mokaba) Ridge Road, Berea hosts a Karaoke Night every Friday. From 17h00 onwards Free – No Cover Charge.

13. Smash Time Comedy

Venue: Luna Rosa
Time: 20:30

Come watch some outstanding local comedians in the trendiest upmarket venue in the Durban at 20:30. Enjoy one of the best cocktail and dinner menus in Durban while the Smash Time Comedy team entertains you.

This month join your host Jem Atkins as he introduces Dusty Rich and Gareth Woods, who have just returned from an amazing show at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival as part of the Durban Comedy Invasion and if that’s not enough we also have local favourite Lil Paul back from his one man show’s a many lazy thing?

14. The Stables Lifestyle Market

The Stables Lifestyle Market at Night
The Stables Lifestyle Market at Night

Friday : 6 – 10pm

This local gem retains the look and feel of the old stables, as the name suggests, with lanes being named after famous race horses. Situated in a central location, The Stables Lifestyle Market offers great shopping, including a fantastic selection of arts & crafts, home decor, antiques, fashion, books, toys and much more. Visitors can also enjoy a diverse range of food outlets, as well as live music and entertainment. Together this creates a peaceful ambiance which makes it a relaxing and enjoyable experience for the whole family in a safe and secure environment.