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13th August 2018

Durban Hosts Brics Film Festival

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Durban hosted the 3rd Brics Film Festival as part of the Brics Summit 2018. The festival enabled South African film makers to engage with members of the film industry in their fellow Brics countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China.

DUrbanTV focused on the Brics Film Festival and the films specifically created to commemorate Mandela’s 100th anniversary whilst a range of movies from each country where hosted on a daily basis at Durban’s Playhouse.

From these movies awards Directors, Actors, musical score and the movies themselves received an array of Awards in recognition of the standard of film-making achieved.

The film Festival added a splash of glamour to the more serious proceedings of the BRICS Leaders’ Summit, convened annually with discussions representing spheres of political and socio-economic coordination, in which member countries continue to identify business opportunities, find economic collaborations and increase their areas of co-operation.

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BRICS Film Festival Durban Line Up Announced

The line up has been announced for the 2018 BRICS Film Festival taking place in the Playhouse, from 22 – 27 July as part of Durban’s city-wide July focus on film. 

 Each BRICS member state will have a day dedicated to showcase five of their best recent films – in whatever genre. The films will be free and open to the public and will be in the Playhouse Drama: Monday 23 July is South Africa; Tuesday 24 is Russia; Wednesday 25 is India; Thursday 26 is China and Friday 27 is Brazil.

Two of the five films to be screened each day will be competition entries – with the best films of the festival, chosen by a panel from experts from each member country, and awarded at a closing event on Friday 27 July. 

South Africa’s selected films will be Skulls of My People (15h00) a deeply affecting and important documentary about the 1904-1908 genocide in Namibia; The Whale Caller (16h45) based on a novel by Zakes Mda, an enchanting tale of isolation, infatuation and human connection; Beyond the River (competition entry: 18h15) the moving true story of Piers Cruickshanks and Siseko Ntondini’s journey to Gold in the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon; Five Fingers for Marseilles (competition entry: 20h00) a disgraced former hero returns to establish a quiet life only to find a new threat. 
Tuesday 24: Russia Day with a quirky line up of interesting films: Thawed Carp (13h00); a darkly humourous Russian comedy in-which an old woman makes preparations for her own funeral following a fatal diagnosis; The Crew (15h00) a young pilot receives a distress call from a volcanic island and takes a decision to fly a dangerous rescue mission; Arrythmia (17h15) a devoted paramedic slowly descends into a self-destructive cycle that puts his marriage and his patients on the line;  How Viktor “the Garlic” Took Alexey “the Stud”… (competition entry: 18h30) a fast-paced and unconventional road-trip movie about a former orphan reconnecting with his estranged ex-con father and their journey across rural Russia and The Age of Pioneers (competition entry: 20h15) a Russian historical drama about the Cold War-era space-race and cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, the first human to perform a spacewalk.

 Wednesday 25 is a day dedicated to Indian films: Sinjar – based on true events – a British insurance agent recruits the help of an ex-Army ranger to help him rescue his sister from ISIS; Bahubali 2 – the Conclusion – a Fantasy action film;  Bhayanakam – a Malayalam–language Indian film by Jayaraj; a World War II postman delivers money orders and letters from men in the battlefield, until one day… Newton (competition entry) a2017 Indian comedy drama about a government clerk trying to run a free and fair election in a conflict area in central India; Village Rockstars (competition entry) a coming-of-age film by Rima Das, about a young village girl who wants to start her own rock band. (Final details and times TBC).

 Thursday 26 is China’s programme which features Big Fish & Begonia (11h00). A lush animated adventure based on ancient Chinese legends and tells the tale of a spiritual world that exists beneath the ocean floor; Hold Your Hands (13h10) chronicles a former soldier’s efforts to lift his family out of the hardships of rural poverty; Kung Fu Yoga (competition entry: 16h00) Jackie Chan’s latest hit sees him playing a professor on a wild adventure chasing an ancient Indian treasure stolen by mercenaries; I Belonged to You (competition entry:18h30) three stories of love, loss and devotion intertwine in a romantic drama set against stunning Chinese cityscapes and green country sides.

 Of special mention is Half the Sky which is a BRICS Co-Production (21h00) which is the second  multilingual, participative BRICS co-production which is Chinese-produced and directed by five BRICS women film-makers, it weaves together poetic vignettes about archetypal women.  

 Friday 27 is the final festival day –  Brazil Day which starts with Boy and the World (08h00) a multi-award winning animated feature, a visually captivating and inventive cautionary tale of the dangers of globalization; Two Irenes (09h40) a young girl discovers another girl named Irene living in her small town, and soon they uncover a well-kept secret; Elis (11h10) the turbulent and charismatic life and times of Elis Regina, one of Brazil’s greatest and best-loved singers of all time; Araby (competition entry:13h30) a teenage boy finds a sick factory worker’s memoir, transporting him into the story of the man’s travels across south-eastern Brazil in search of work over the last decade and Gabriel and the Mountain (competition entry: 15h30) which follows the true story of Brazilian backpacker Gabriel Buchmann’s travels through Africa before meeting his end on Mount Mulanje in Malawi.

 Also on Monday there is a day-long industry forum at the Elangani Hotel during the Durban FilmMart in collaboration with the Independent Black Filmmakers Collective (IBFC).  

 As a member of BRICS, South Africa through the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) is hosting the third BRICS Film Festival. The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in its capacity as the national film funding body will implement the festival. The BRICS Film Festival is a companion event to other city film themed events taking place over the mid-year holiday season: Durban International Film Festival; Durban FilmMart; Wavescapes and the Nature Environment and Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF).

 For more info and for the full programme:


Royal Moscow Ballet Visits Durban In July

The Royal Moscow Ballet will be returning to South Africa in July with a programme entitled Crown of the Russian Ballet for two shows only in Durban on Saturday July 28 at 2pm and 6pm.

This time they bring a ballet programme featuring new works not brought to Durban before, Paquita with music by Ludwig Minkus choreographed after Marius Petipa; and The Firebird – a one act ballet with music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Anatoly Emelianov.

Paquita is the creation of French composer Édouard Deldevez and Paris Opéra Ballet Master Joseph Mazilier. In 1847, Paquita was staged for the first time in Russia for the Imperial Ballet of St Petersburg by MariusPetipa and Pierre-Frédéric Malavergne, being the first work ever staged by Petipa in Russia. In 1881, Petipa produced a revival of the ballet for which he added new pieces specially composed by Ludwig Minkus. This included the Paquita pas de trois for the first act and the Paquita grand pas classique and the Mazurka des enfants for the last act. Petipa’s version of Paquita was retained in the repertory of the Mariinsky Theatre until 1926.

Petipa’s 1881 additions for Paquita survived long after the full-length ballet left the stage. Today these pieces, particularly the Grand pas classique, are major cornerstones of the traditional classical ballet repertory and have been staged by ballet companies throughout the world.

The Firebird is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.  It was written for the 1910 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes company; the original choreography was by Michel Fokine, with a scenario by Alexandre Benois and Fokine based on the Russian fairy tales of the Firebird and the blessing and curse it possesses for its owner. When first performed at the Opéra de Paris on 25 June 1910, the work was an instant success with both audience and critics.

The ballet has historic significance not only as Stravinsky’s breakthrough piece, but also as the beginning of the collaboration between Diaghilev and Stravinsky that would also produce the acclaimed ballets Petrushka (1911) and The Rite of Spring (1913).

In a country starved of professional ballet, the regular visits from dancers of the Royal Moscow Ballet are always a treat. The company arrives in the country for a six city tour in July covering Johannesburg, Sasolburg, Gaborone; Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

Royal Moscow Ballet has toured successfully around the globe presenting more than a thousand performances. The company, which consists of graduates of the best Russian choreography, ballet and dance schools, premiered as the Royal Moscow Ballet on the 12 August 2002. The founders are Anatoly Emelianov and Anna Aleksidze.

In 2018  the Royal Moscow Ballet will be celebrating its 16th anniversary. The company has created more than 20 modern and 15 classical ballets. The ballets were created by choreographers / founders Anatoly and Aleksidze.

The Royal Moscow Ballet has visited countries such as Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya – the first visit of a Russian ballet company to East Africa, The dancers performed on specially built stages near Victoria Falls.

In honour of their contribution to the furthering of Russian Culture both Anna Alexidze and Anatoly Emelianov were awarded the prestigious Knight of the Second Order of Dyagilev in 2007.

Royal Moscow Ballet is presented by Edouard Miasnikov Agency whose objective remains to widen cultural exchange and sharing between Russia and South Africa:

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National Tour

Johannesburg: Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace: 21 July @ 3pm and 7pm; 22 July @ 3pm

Sasolburg: Etienne Rousseau Theatre: 23 July @ 7pm

Gabarone: International Convention Centre, Grand Palm – 25 July @ 7pm

Durban: Playhouse Opera: 28 July @ 2pm and 6pm

Bloemfontein: Sand du Plessis Theatre: 30 July @ 7pm

Port Elizabeth: Opera House: 31 July at 5pm @ 8pm

Book nationally through Computicket

(Bloemfontein tickets at PACOFS ticket office)


9th Durban FilmMart Programme Announced

One of Africa’s premier film industry events, the Durban FilmMart (DFM), a joint programme of the eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) has ramped up its offerings to delegates for its 9th edition, which takes place from July 20 to 23, 2018.

“The 2018 Edition of Durban FilmMart offers some exciting opportunities through a diverse programme of masterclasses, seminars and events for African filmmakers to build business networks, explore collaborations, develop content, benchmark their creative and production work in line with international trends, and look for investment and business opportunities,” says Toni Monty, Head of the Durban Film Office. “But what underpins the DFM, is the focus on developing the industry in Africa, whilst drawing on local African and international expertise.”

The 9th Durban FilmMart takes place in Durban, at the Tsogo Sun Elangeni from 20 to 23 July 2018, during the 39th edition of the Durban International Film Festival (19-29 July 2018).

Early bird registration closes June 4, 2018, and general registration closes July 13, 2018. For more information on the Durban FilmMart and to register as a delegate visit or for Durban International Film Festival

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Twitter: @durbanfilmmart


Mahindra Drives Vehicle Assembly Investment In Durban

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KwaZulu-Natal’s investment drive receives a shot in the arm, as Mahindra launches a new semi-knockdown assembly plant within Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone. The facility will produce Mahindra’s Pik-Up range of Single and Double-Cab bakkies; when the plant is operating at full capacity the facility will be able to produce 4000 vehicles a year… Read More ..



DUrban Renewal A Priority For The City

DUrban renewal is a priority for the city. The regeneration of the inner city of Durban and the development of surrounding urban precincts is an aspect of urban management being carefully planned to bring business back to the CBD … Urban Lime is the company spearheading the rejuvenation alongside eThekwini Municipality.

At the united nations Summit for Sustainable Development in 2015, the UN Member States approved the 2030 Development agenda, which eThekwini Municipality has taken to the heart of the city, re-planning areas to ensure the city re-emerges as accessible, safe and workable for the public and business.

Durban’s Economic Development & Planning Cluster has assisted and supports Urban Lime’s investment of R1.2bn (Eur77m) since 2014, with a further planned investment of R1bn in the next 18 months, resulting in significant changes to high-rise, main-street and iconic buildings and key business nodes, along selected priority corridors, resulting in the creation of entrepreneurship opportunities and jobs, as well as renewed confidence in the city.

DUrbanTV took to the streets to see how the inner city and urban renewal developments are bringing the Durban CBD back to life.
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Durban Harbour Set To Rule The African Wave

Durban harbour is setting itself up to rule the African Waves as one of Africa’s largest and busiest ports.

Transnet National Ports Authority has concluded an agreement that will see KwaZulu Cruise Terminal Pty Ltd (KCT) finance, construct, operate, maintain and transfer a new Cruise Terminal Facility in the Port of Durban by October 2020. The parties signed off on this R200 million-plus project at an official ceremony on Monday, 16 April 2018.

PrimeHP On Top Of Its Game

PrimeHP is on top of its game when it comes to developing future athletes and taking care of the Business of Sport. DUrbanTV takes a look at how this Durban based elite athlete’s performance development centre recently focused attention on the business of Sport amongst South African athletes, coaches and local sporting organisations through their hosting of the ‘most succesful to date’ ASPC conference.


ECHO FILM FESTIVAL – Russia 14-16 Dec 2017

South African Film makers are waiting with baited breath to hear of they will take away a prize as part of the Echo Film Festival.

The main aim of the festival is to present works of talented filmmakers from Brazil, India, China and RSA (Republic of South Africa) to Russian spectators in order to encourage a greater understanding the unique aspects of culture, history and traditions of BRICS countries.

“They came in Spring Carts”, a documentary produced and filmed by Clive Read of Durban, depicting the history behind the Warwick Triangle’s traders, is just one of the South African films selected.

The live screening session and award ceremony will take place in Moscow’s Cosmos Movie Theatre 14 to 16 December, 2017.

View DUrbanTV to see more about the Echo festival.

For more information visit the ECHO Film Festival website.


The TVBrics channel was officially signed into being by the member countries at the Brics Conference in China on 5th September 2017.

DUrbanTV and TVBrics signed a Memorandum of intent on 6th Sept 2017 to provide mutual content, develop co-productions and collaborations with TVBrics TV channels as part of the TVBrics channel agreement.

DUrbanTV presents programming content from Durban, South Africa, a busy port city situated on the East Coast of South Africa.
The city is a thriving metropolis with a diverse population, the biggest natural harbour in Africa and is a vibrant hub of productivity and economic development.
It is the traditional home of the Zulu nation, has the largest population of Indians outside of India, was known as the Last Outpost due to its colonial past and attracts a myriad of African cultures who work, play and invest in this modern, vibrant, cosmopolitan city, welcoming local and international visitors to its sunny, sub-tropical climate 365 days a year.

With such diversity comes a rich cultural experience, combined with healthy, outdoor lifestyle (Durban has been voted the city with the best quality of life by Mercer for the last 2 years) sporting and recreational activities, and a wealth of African wildlife and natural experiences, Durban really is positioned perfectly as the showcase of Africa.

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