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PLAYHOUSE ABUZZ WITH ACTION (article first published : 2000-09-11)

Sigude Productions and The Playhouse Company are pleased to announce an exciting line-up of events to be held at the Playhouse as part of the first Durban Metro Performing Arts and Culture Festival 2000 to be staged from September 15 to 24.

The line-up at the Playhouse Complex includes Pops Mohamed and Bruce Cassidy, Amampondo, Tu Nokwe, Pat Ngcobo, Fowzia Banu, Reka Devi and Bheki Nkwanyana and Ellis Pearson.

The festival aims to put KZN back on the arts and cultural map of South Africa and is a celebration of music, art, drama and craft conceptualised by Sipho Gumede of Sigude Productions. "I had the idea to stage the festival as there has never been a single celebration to encapsulate the spirit of Kwazulu-Natal, a province rich in artistic talent and steeped in cultural diversity," he said.

On September 15 and 16, Pops Mohamed & Bruce Cassidy appear in the Opera (tickets R15 - R45). The Drama will host Amampondo (September 19); Tu Nokwe (September 20); Pat Ngcobo (September 21); Fowzia Banu (September 22), and Reka Devi (September 23). Tickets for all performances in the Drama are R30. On September 24 Bheki Nkwanyana and Ellis Pearson appear in the Loft Theatre. Tickets R30.

All events at the Playhouse will start at 19h30. Booking at TicketWeb outlets nationwide, or call 0861 400 500. More details from Sigude Productions on telephone/fax (031) 464-9127 or e-mail: sigude@iafrica.com).

Events will also be held at the BAT Centre, the ICC and ABSA Stadium. The festival has been made possible through funding from the Durban Metro Council with additional sponsorship from Standard Bank, Old Mutual, Castle Milk Stout, KZN Tourism as well as The Playhouse Company which sponsored the Playhouse venues.




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