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Thursday, October 30, 2008


November 5 sees the revolution mainly in the lower tier of Durban’s local artists at The Workshop shopping complex.

“November 5 sees the revolution mainly in the lower tier of our local artists,” says Monwabisi Grootboom, eThekwini Municipality’s Manager of Arts and Culture. “Every Wednesday from 13h00 to 16h00, eThekwini Municipality will host free performances for various genres in music, poetry, comedy, stage acting etc. who don’t normally receive performance opportunities to showcase their talents at The Workshop.”

The Workshop Open Mics programme forms part of the Municipality’s arts development strategy and is aimed at developing local performing artists whilst providing them with ongoing performance platforms in their various art-forms.

“The programme provides opportunities for the recorded yet unmarketed artists to market and sell their recorded work to the captive audience at their disposal,” continues Grootboom. “Not only will these stages serve as launching-pad for the undiscovered artists, but will also serve as marketing platforms for the well-known artists to showcase their newly released material.”

Performing artists - including developing artists or their representatives in the above-mentioned art-forms - must contact Xolani Dlamini on 031 311 4558 or email: at Arts and Culture at least a week before to register in order to allow for proper planning. Artists who don’t register beforehand will not be considered on the day of performances.