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Thursday, May 26, 2022


(Above: Some of the work to be displayed)

eThekwini Business Support Tourism and Market Unit, Durban Art Gallery and Florida Rd UIP present the inaugural Art Bar Festival – an interactive, participative festival showcasing a range of visual arts and crafts, scheduled to take place in the Florida UIP space, 211 Florida Rd (corner Florida and Gordon Roads) over the weekend of June 4 and 5.

A series of “bars” or display areas will be available, trade-show style, to bring art makers and public together in carefully-constructed networking and showcasing sessions and to provide an opportunity for the public to interact directly with visual artists and crafters. The Art Bar provides a platform for art enthusiasts, general public and potential buyers to trade, sample, view and engage.

Among the themes of work on display is bead work; d├ęcor items; wire/ telephone wire art; ceramic work; leather work; fabric art; upcycled (recycled) material; crotchet work; and DIY art.

(Right: Master beader, Hlengiwe Dube)

There will be some formal sessions - among the presenters will be master beadmaker, Hlengiwe Dube, talking about “The Secret of Beads” who opens the proceedings on Saturday morning at 09h00.

Some of the features include a range of music and performances items; catwalk sessions showcasing accessories; live drawing for adults and kids; a pottery demonstration with Sbonelo Luthuli and a drumming session by Drum Shack

“Craft has over the years remained as integral part of most cultures, traditions and heritage practices.   To get an understanding into the world of craft one needs to appreciate these trends, the market and the world which they come from; the producers, the selfless women and man that spend hours creating these beautiful pieces,” explains Nothando Mkhize from the Durban Art Gallery.

Entry is free and all are welcome to attend the first annual Art Bar.