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Saturday, October 6, 2012


(Albert Frost)

Sunday (October 6) sees the final evening of the increasingly popular Durban International Blues Festival 2012, which has, in its eight years, grown from strength to strength as it pulls in more interest from top calibre artists not only in the region, but nationally and most certainly internationally.

“This event has become recognised on the internationally blues circuit and we remain amazed at the contact we get from people all over, particularly blues artist wanting to play this festival, who have heard either by word of mouth from those who have been, or have picked up on our festival on the web,” says Tanya van Agthoven Marais, spokesperson and publicity director for this event.

Eight years ago, theatre director Themi Venturas had an idea and saw the gap – and went about pulling in who he thought were the right people to set about creating a festival which would not only have sustainability over the years, but which would also bring tourists and visitors to Durban. Most of all, Themi recognized the opportunity and aligned Durban as the intended “go to place” for the blues –not only in South Africa but eventually, hopefully even Africa. Very much the same way Cape Town is known for its jazz festival. And this seems to be gaining momentum, but is hugely reliant on sponsorship and cash injection to make it grow.

As the event has gained undoubted credibility, the opportunities are slowly increasing to improve on what is already a most successful event, and which is recognized by eThekweni Municipality as one of its key events over the Celebrate Durban period and to this end The DIBF has not only the City of Durban’s support but the undoubted support of The Department of  Arts and Culture and other in- kind sponsors.

With a week’s long event with varied artists daily as well as national and international guest performers, The DIBF is the largest blues festival in South Africa, as intended.

“Tonight, at the usual venue Wilson’s Wharf where Zacks Restaurant plays host to the event, The SUMMIT is going to blow ones socks away and hair back, no doubt,” says proud Programme Director Will Wallace, who has meticulously coordinated a top quality line up of selected artists through the festival.” The Summit is the cherry on the top and includes an acoustic set and an electric blues set featuring the unbelievable talents of music masters like Alister Coakley, Keith Fordyce, John Ellis, Barry Thomson, Anthon Cawthorn-Blazeby and relative newcomers Jonathan Judge and Nick Pitman.

The grande finale to this year’s Durban International Blues Festival offers Cape Town’s Albert Frost, one of South Africa’s favourite Electric Blues sons who is fast gaining popularity in Durban with a growing following.

Tickets R100 pp booked directly through the Catalina Theatre Box Office on 031 305 6889 with seating on a first -come- first seated basis. Meals and drinks are not included and patrons need to order separately from Zacks when they are there. The evening also includes the annual fun aspect of raffles, lucky draws and other prizes.

More information from Tanya van Agthoven Marais, publicity director, on 082 747 9738 or email: or visit