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UMDWEBO FESTIVAL (article first published : 2006-08-22)

The KwaDukuza Coast will host Umdwebo 2006, a unique lifestyle festival celebrating the art of fine living in and around the coastal town of Ballito, from November 13 to 19, 2006. This Umdwebo 2006 festival takes its name from the Zulu meaning ‘to create art' or to ‘underline something beautiful'. The week-long festival was initially launched to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Ballito in 2003 and due to its resounding success and huge public demand it will be staged once again to showcase this scenic coastline.

A combined project between Swank Projects, KwaDukuza Municipality and the KwaDukuza-Dolphin Coast Publicity Association, the festival will cater for a broad variety of tastes and includes art exhibitions, art presentations, food and drink tastings, live theatre, music, a gala ball and a shoe and jewellery fashion show. Well-known and much-loved actress, playwright, author and TV personality, multi award winning Lizz Meiring plays host at the festival.

During Umdwebo 2006, a leading South African artist's work will be featured at every individual event. Curated by Craig Mark from the Mark Galleries Group and his team at the well-known Kizo Art Gallery, artists will be on hand at selected venues to meet the public and explain their works. Featured artists include Anthony Wakaba Mutheki, Meyer Ernst, Lize Muller, Richard Scott, Tay Dall and others.

Business Day hosts the Dr. Peter Magubane Retrospective Lecture on November 15. Peter Magubane has told the story of his country in pictures for more than 50 years. His camera documented the reality of life under apartheid and produced photos of great moments of history such as Nelson Mandela being taken to his treason trial in 1956; the 69 coffins of the victims of the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960, and the Soweto uprising in 1976. Peter will conduct a lecture about his life and his work at the Albert Luthuli Museum in Groutville.

Theatre and music events include the Business Connexion Opera Concert, The Bollywood Bhangra Beach Bash and the Rapport Supper Theatre.

The Business Connexion Opera Concert is being hosted over two nights by Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom in the iZulu Theatre on November 16 and 17. The concert features the world-renowned and internationally-acclaimed Black Tie Ensemble hosted by Kammersängerin Mimi Coertse in a programme of well known and famous opera, operetta and musical arias. The Ensemble comprises sopranos Louette Johnston and Bongi Madlala, tenors Dewald Von Solms and Given Mabena, baritones Jonathan Boinamo and Linda Zitha and Veramarie Meyer (mezzo). The audience will be treated to the programme the group performed on tour in Nigeria and Cameroon which includes favourite arias from Atilla, La Traviata, Faust, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, I Pagliacci, Rigoletto, Tales of Hoffmann, Merry Widow, Pearlfishers, Marriage of Figaro, Don Carlo, La Boheme, Die Fledermaus, Frühjahrsparade, Student Prince and Vogelhändler amongst others.

"We are delighted to be a part of this extraordinary festival," says Melville Vogel, GM of Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom. "The north coast has some hidden treasures for both local and out of town visitors and we are really pleased to be involved in showcasing the area to them."

Coenie de Villiers, one of South Africa's most respected singer-songwriters, is also a virtuoso piano player and performer. He has released 13 albums of his own material and recorded in South Africa and in Europe. He has performed in Canada, Belgium, Holland, England and New Zealand and is a regular sell-out performer on all of South Africa's major stages. Artists who have performed with Coenie on CD and on stage, include Jonathan Butler, Sipho Gumede, Lesley Rae Dowling, Gloria Bosman and a wealth of music notables. He is the winner of two SAMA awards, and has won numerous other awards. He is also known as television presenter, and presents kykNET's KWELA.

The Bollywood Bhangra Beach Bash takes place on the beach at Thompson's Bay on November 19. The concert will feature a selection of Bollywood-style stars entertaining concert goers to a variety show, and promises to be a unique fusion between music, dance and song. Picnic baskets can be brought along but food stalls will be selling traditional Indian cuisine among other items. No glass will be allowed on site, and there will be strict access control and tight security around the beach and its perimeter, so that picnicgoers can fully enjoy this magical afternoon.

For fashion and design aficionados, the Simbithi Ladies That Lunch, will be a ‘Diamonds on the soles of her shoes' affair. This event is being hosted at the exquisite clubhouse at Simbithi Eco-Estate with décor and design by Kathryn Hulett. Ladies will be treated to a glass of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rose champagne, which is just being launched in South Africa, and entertainment includes an interactive fashion show showcasing beautiful shoes and an exquisite collection of jewellery. South African cosmetic house Environ Skin Care, will do a demonstration on the importance of quality skin care in the African climate, and will give away prizes and gift hampers. Jenni Rivet, now residing in Ballito who is also fitness guru to the likes of Liz Hurley and the late Princess Diana, will have an informal talk about the importance of woman fitness. During this interactive event, a three-course meal prepared Jacqui Rey of Food Matters will be served.

A Cognac, Coffee and Chocolate evening will be hosted at the magnificent Relais Château Hotel Izulu in Ballito on November 15. Connoisseurs from world leading brands: Remy Martin (Cognac), Lindt (Chocolate) and Beaver Estate (Coffee) will conduct these tastings. The event will be interactive with the connoisseurs lecturing about the finer qualities and tastes of their products and the audience will be asked to ‘mix and match' flavours, and see how they match up to the connoisseurs' selections.

The ‘Black Tie and Ballroom Gown but NO shoes" Gala Dinner on the exquisite Salt Rock main beach on November 19 promises to be a night to remember. A luxurious marquee set on the beach, draped in the splendour of a bygone swing era with ambient lights and romantic décor by award-winning Kathryn Hulett from Function Décor will welcome guests. A 10 piece swing band will entertain as guests dance the night away, bare-footed and under the stars. A superb five course meal, prepared once again by chef Jacqui Rey will be served on elegant table settings, complimented by a unique selection of wines.

Booking for all events is through Computicket. For more information on the festival contact Henk Swanepoel on 082 444 1825, e-mail info@umdwebo.co.za or visit www.umdwebo.co.za




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