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Sunday, October 22, 2017


(Hazel Voice & the Knit Twits will be part of the Festival)

Calling all book and art lovers!

The third annual Ramsgate Book & Art Festival is jam-packed with all things bookish and arty and is all set to unfold on the weekend starting of November 10 to 12.

This year, the Festival is organized by local Ramsgate business owners, book lovers and performers – so expect a vibey, colourful and community driven festival – with events taking place in and around the businesses in the main street of Ramsgate over the entire weekend.

The official opening of the Event takes place November 10 at 18h00 with an art exhibition opening at Artists’ Gallery - a highly acclaimed collective of eight top South African artists. The exhibition will be showcasing the work of two new artists in the collective: painter Claudia Plunkett and the collection of limited edition prints in the Elaine Goodman Fine Arts section of the Gallery. All art lovers are welcome to attend and enjoy a glass of wine and meet the artists.

Thereafter Poetry by Candlelight will be held upstairs at Burlesque Café at 20h00 – real live poetry by real live poets!

On Saturday (October 28), the main street will come alive with interesting foods offered inside and outside the restaurants, books stalls as well as arts and crafts. Art exhibitions will be set up in various restaurants as well as at Gaze Gallery, Artists’ Gallery and Riverbend Art Gallery. 

Authors’ talks are programmed for Saturday which will take place predominantly in the covered area behind The Crayfish Inn as well as on the Whale Deck overlooking the ocean.

A variety of interesting authors is lined up to chat about their books and will include the infamous Shani Krebs who wrote Dragons and Butterflies. In 1994, Shani flew to Thailand, where he was caught for heroin trafficking. He was sentenced to death and locked in Bangkwang Central Prison – the notorious Bangkok Hilton. He was initially sentenced to death. Shani not only survived but after years of addiction, he put drugs behind him and began a life-transforming engagement with art. After serving 18 years – the longest serving Westerner in a Thai prison – he stepped off a plane at OR Tambo Airport in April 2012. This is a talk not to be missed!

Meeting Carl Roberts - famed South African sculptor Carl Roberts has an exquisite coffee table book written about him and his fascinating sculptures made from bone, wood and bronze. Carl is an entertaining and knowledgeable speaker.

Genius Creativity’- inspirational talker Graeme Butchart explains how to move from habit thinking to genius thinking.

Valerie Payne will be chatting about her new book entitled An Ecological Gardeners Handbook.
These are just a few of the talks.

There is no entry fee to these sessions – all are just asked to bring a book suitable for school-going children to be put into any one of the collection boxes that will be at every venue which Rotary will distribute thereafter.

A welcome addition to the programme this year is the inclusion of the youth in the community. And the festival committee has reached out to all the local schools and home schools in the area in the name of Poetry. A Poetry Book will be printed with a selection of self-penned poems. A similar book will also be printed for adults – here, anyone with ‘roots in Ramsgate’ are welcome to send in their poems for consideration. The two books will be launched at the Festival.

Interesting Workshops will be on offer, at a small cost, including an art workshop by painter Claudia Plunkett on Sunday morning, as well as a The Genius Programme Workshop by Graeme Butchart.

A supper theatre will take place at The Lobster Pot on Saturday evening entitled Bosman, Curry & Cabaret where local actress and storyteller Barbie Meyer and singer Natasha Muller will take to the stage.

Sunday evening will see the final ‘Wine Down’ evening that will take place at the Lobster Pot with snacks, wine pairing.

Tickets for all shows can be booked at Artists’ Gallery.

Follow the Festival on Facebook ‘Ramsgate Art & Book Festival’ for the full programme or call Pauline Lee on 083 654 4303 or Barbie Meyer on 082 496 3545 for further details.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


(Anthony Stonier)

For two decades the Durban Adult Panto has been a feature of the Festive Season – a reason to let your hair down and party the night away watching a show which took a traditional fairy tale and turned it upside down and inside out to reveal a very naughty underbelly. Now in its 21st year, the Adult Panto gets an extra bite!

This festive season, the Adult Panto will again be staged in the quaint supper theatre venue On Stage @ Altitude situated in Stamford Hill. It guarantees a fabulous evening of light-hearted entertainment before partying the night away in the venue which transforms before your very eyes into a dance floor.

The coloured strobes from the venue extend over Silver Avenue to reflect on the walls of the buildings opposite; the bustle of the normally active road is serene and your vehicles are quite safe under the watchful eyes of a car-guard or two, so that you can truly forget your cares and chuckle away at the on-stage antics.

Over the past 20 years the Panto has been based on a traditional fairy tale but, this year, the script has been captured by the fairy tale of the Rainbow Nation. Be prepared for an experience with an edgy and a tantalising bite!

Simply entitled Dracula, the Adult Panto team has created a potjie filled with delicious South African flavours spiced with sarcasm, innuendo and naughty jokes.

Anthony Stonier, in his 20th Adult Panto, is ready to suck you dry with laughter as Count(ess) Dracula! We guarantee every fe(male) will swoon over his legs and be willing, not only to be courted by his melodic voice, but die for his bite!

Thomie Holtzhausen – Adult Panto director and scriptwriter who celebrates a decade with the team - also appears on stage in a variety of roles. Joining them is the talented Jaziel Vaughánn who returns to the panto stage with all the aplomb of a carnival minstrel; Kerry-Lee McKibben with her sultry voice; and the comedic antics of Mpilo Nzimande, guaranteeing an escape from life.

Dracula runs from November 14 to December 30 with performances from Tuesday to Saturday at 19h30. Cost is R140pp. Tables seat 8 and there are only 10 tables in the venue. Booking is available on

There is no restriction on the food being brought into the venue, but all liquid refreshments must be purchased from Club Altitude's bar.

On Stage @ Altitude is situated in Silver Avenue, Stamford Hill, Durban.

For further information contact Ailsa of GoingPlacesSA on 071 820 5617 (Tuesdays to Sundays - closed on Mondays) or email:


(James Smith, Ian von Memerty & Roelof Colyn )

Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom proudly presents one of South Africa’s most successful music revues of all time, A Handful of Keys, in November 2017.

Launched in 1994 as a co-creation between Ian von Memerty and Bryan Schimmel, A Handful of Keys, has played to more the 420,000 people in over 1450 performances over the last 23 years. The show returns to KZN buoyed by countless requests from the public.

Multiple awards, love letters from the critics and adulation from audiences have poured in for this "brilliant, hilarious and virtuoso celebration of the piano". The show unravels as a constant surprise with devastating wit and musical mastery; from piano pyrotechnics to inspiring inventiveness in a two-hour fireworks display of excitement, energy and sheer, mind-blowing talent.

Audiences can still expect highlights such as The Complete History of The Broadway Musical in 12 Minutes, Liberace, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Funeral for A Friend and the SA Medley but of course, the opportunities to invent new material are tantalizing!

The virtuoso talents are Roelof Colyn, a Handful stalwart since 2001, beloved by audiences for his effortless charm, dead pan wit and the liquid magic of his playing. He is joined by James Smith, aged 19, the youngest person to appear in A Handful of Keys.

As von Memerty says; "It is a risk putting such a young person into a show as complicated as this, but I believe that James, with his unique mix of musicality, quirky humour and the beautiful timbre of his expressive voice, is up to the challenge".

Plus, this year, director von Memerty, who has expanded and developed the show since 1997, has added a new and dazzling difference. This time around there will be an extra handful on stage. Don`t miss this "endlessly evergreen explosion of entertainment".

A Handful of Keys will run at the iZulu Theatre from November 8 to 19, 2017. Tickets R100, R130 and R160 at Computicket and the Sibaya Box office. For more information visit or follow Sibaya on or on Twitter @SibayaCasino


(Mbijana Sibisi)

Poet, songwriter and guitarist, Mbijana Sibisi (26) will be performing at Sound Café in Ballito on October 27, 2017. The charismatic artist will be capturing the audience joined by his band: Njabulo Shabala on percussion and Milton Chissano on guitar.

Sibisi describes his sound as a mixture of storytelling and music, in his own words: “I consider myself as a social commentator and believe I am the voice of the people”. He aims to use his music to spread real-life stories about happiness, but is not afraid to touch on societal issues, while at the same time putting smiles on people’s faces.

“For this show we preparing a nice balance between our rendition of jazz standards and original material, people can also expect calming acoustic sounds” says Sibisi

Sibisi is a qualified dental nurse and dental technician, based in Newlands West, Durban. He was exposed to music and performing arts at the age of 11 when he joined a performing arts group in his community. In 2013, at the age of 22, he gave up his job as a dental technician to become a full-time musician and singer-songwriter, like his musical icons Tracy Chapman, Paul Simon, Vusi Mahlasela, and Bob Marley.

Some notable performances in his career include White Mountain Festival, The Playhouse, Ushaka and Poetry Africa. He also has numerous performances and tours abroad under his belt, countries he performed include Belgium, France, Spain, Uganda and The Reunion Islands.

In 2016 Sibisi entered the television contest titled The Voice and in the same year he independently released his EP History and audience. He is currently working in his album, which he is planning to release in 2018. 

The performance takes place at 19h00 on October 27 at the Sound Café, Warne House, 5 Garlicke Drive, Ballito. R50 general entrance, email for bookings or book online at