The alternative gig guide to the Loeries weekend

The Loeries Creative Week currently taking place in Durban until August 27 showcases the work of the very best creative across the Middle East and Africa. Some of the highlights of the main programme include masterclasses and the DStv Seminar of Creativity, which provides opportunities to network and gain wisdom from industry leaders.

That aside, there’s also The Fringe Festival that offers Durbanites the chance to share their creativity outside of the Loeries main programme. Here’s a list of alternative events taking place during the weekends of the #Loeries2017 perfect for art enthusiasts, foodies, health aficionados and jazz appreciators taking place during the weekends of the #Loeries2017:

Saturday, 19 August:

Join a sunrise yoga class

Start your morning by joining SurfSup Yoga for a rejuvenating sunrise yoga class on the Snake Park Lawns by North Beach. You don’t need to book but make sure to take a mat and towel. As they say, “Watch the beachfront come alive as we start the weekend off in the best possible way!”.


Try a drawing class at the KZNSA Gallery

Take your doodling to the next level and enrol in a portrait drawing class with artist Dane Stops, who was selected for the Top 40 Sanlam Portrait Award 2017. More details.


Socialise at the I Heart Loeries Market

The I Heart Market at the Bay of Plenty Lawns is an annual Loeries event and vibrant place for programme attendees to socialise with people they might meet during the #Loeries2017, as well as the go-to place for locals wanting to get in on the hype. Expect food, entertainment, installations, interactive art and artisan traders selling the finest local goods from the East Coast.


View a ceramics exhibition

The African Art Centre is commemorating national womxn’s month by showcasing hand-crafted ceramic pottery by artisans Jabu Nala, Bongi Nala-Mahlaba, Witty Nyide, Busiswe Ntuli and Phumzile Mahlaba in an exhibition called A Woman’s Touch. “Made from clay and fired in a kiln, these vessels originated as beer pots utilized for drinking, serving, transporting and brewing sorghum–based beer. The hand-coiled beer pots were not only highly valued by Zulu people but were part of important community ceremonies,” the centre says.


Sunday, 20 August:

Have breakfast at The Morning Trade weekly food market

The Morning Trade is part of Durban’s Station Drive Precinct and was founded by former-chef Anna Savage, who combines business with her love for food to bring Durbanites and visitors fresh produce and honest ingredients. Organic merchants, local farmers and food artisans share their delicious creations every Sunday morning. With offerings suitable for all diets, including vegans and vegetarians, the market makes for a tasty breakfast or early lunch.


Enjoy sundowners and listen Zoe The Seed

Swaziland-born vocalist and songwriter Zoe The Seed is gracing the stage at the BAT centre as part of their womxn’s month celebrations. Listen to her lyrical flair as she sings compositions influenced by soul, jazz, reggae, rock, gospel and hip hop. Afterwards, the BAT is opening the stage for a public jam session for those who inspired enough to create their own beats.


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