national Arts Festival Banner

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


(The Durban Gospel Choir. Pic by Lwandile Ngubentombi)

There is still time to book your spot and celebrate Christmas this year with Durban’s most festive family – the dolphins at uShaka Marine World who will be performing their dazzling aquatic aerobatics and adding a special sparkle to everyone’s end of year celebrations.

Themed “Under the African Skies”, this year’s eagerly anticipated annual Dolphins by Starlight show has a vibrant homegrown feel, paying homage to the beauty of Africa, its people and song. Both the audience and Santa himself can experience traditional Christmas songs reworked with vibrant African rhythms and can look forward to rousing renditions of popular hits such as A Million Dreams, A World in Union, Can You Feel the Love, Special Star and Quincy Jones’ soulful version of the Hallelujah Chorus.

Although the uShaka dolphins always steal the show, they’ll be cheered on by pop sensation Lusandra Majola and an operatic prodigy as well as the Durban Gospel Choir, the Glenwood Junior Primary School Choir and the dynamic vocal stylings of isicathamiya group, Young Mambazo. The exhilarating contemporary dance troupe, the Kangaroo Zulu Warriors, and a live band under the baton of Burton Naidoo will add extra local sparkle.

This year, Dolphins by Starlight will be hosted by well-known theatre personalities, Mpume Mthombeni and Daisy Spencer.

Last chance to make it there between now and December 13, the uShaka Marine World Dolphin Stadium will be filled with a special Christmas spirit and a strong message that encapsulates hope, faith, the value of family and friends, joy, peace, kindness, forgiveness and love.

Dolphins by Starlight is one family treat that you don't want to miss this festive season, so don't delay, book today!

The last show takes place tomorrow (December 13, 2018) at 19h00. Gates open at 18h30. Tickets R199 (R160 children/seniors) available via