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Friday, July 16, 2010


Popular free bus project extended for one month.

The Arts Bus and its sister, the Heritage Bus, was such a huge success during the World Cup season that it has been extended for one month. The free hop-on, hop-off city bus will operate every Saturday until the end of the month, offering two different cultural experiences. This will allow arts lovers to visit eight of the city’s premier galleries and some of the city’s top heritage attractions in a day.

The idea is for residents to explore their city with comfort and ease; and for visitors to discover some of the arts and heritage treasures which the city has to offer. Packaging day trips makes visits easier with no transport, navigation or parking issues. A major benefit is that the bus has an onboard guide to explain the attractions en-route and to provide a narrative context to all the places being visited.

The bus for both routes will depart at 08h45 at the KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood.

The Arts Bus (July 24) takes visitors to some of the premier galleries in the city – with special focus on those galleries who have a World Cup or soccer-themed exhibition. It is anticipated that the route will include the KZNSA Gallery; Durban Art Gallery; The BAT Centre; Artisan Gallery; African Art Centre; Durban University of Technology Gallery and ArtSPACE Durban.

The Heritage Bus (July 17 and 31) takes a route that includes Mazisi Kunene Museum; the KwaMuhle Museum; the Old Court House Museum; Durban Botanic Gardens, the Jumma Masjid Mosque and Emmanuel Cathedral. An in-depth guided tour through the precious artefacts of the Phansi Museum has also been organized for bus commuters. En route passengers will be shown various civic attractions: the John Ross statue; Vasco da Gama clock; Dick King statue; Fernando Pessoa statue; Port Natal Maritime Museum, the Victoria Street Indian Market and City Hall / Post Office precinct.

Bus entry is free and all are welcome. There will be lunch stops factored into the itinerary for passengers to purchase a light meal. Seats are limited so booking is advisable. Enquiries and bookings: Domy Cortes on 078 161 2092 / Detailed info / online booking on (NB: Routes and attractions are subject to change!)