Performances showcasing SA’s different cultures and heritage will be on display at the port festival.
Observing the theme ‘All Things Heritage’, this year’s Durban Port Festival to be hosted by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will embrace the diversity of Durban’s different cultures, traditions and heritage.
The annual event takes place from Saturday, September 29, 11am to 8pm and Sunday, September 30, 11am to 6pm in the harbour precinct off Margaret Mncadi Avenue.
Nationally, port festivals are part of TNPA’s efforts to transform our commercial ports into ‘Smart People’s Ports’ that have a focus on community engagement, tourism, leisure, recreation, and career and business opportunities.
Festivities kick off on Saturday, September 29 with a parade. From Saturday to Sunday, port-goers can board and tour real-life SA Navy ships stationed at the N Shed passenger terminal in the Port of Durban.
N Shed will also showcase an exhibition of maritime careers and opportunities for small and medium businesses, while TNPA will have tugboats and other marine craft open for tours throughout the weekend.
Waterside activities will include a sail-past and regatta, sea rescue displays, jet ski demos and a tugboat ‘dance’.
Get a complimentary shuttle or enter via the BAT Centre port entrance for access to the main festivities in the vicinity of Royal Natal Yacht Club.
Here you can enjoy guided tours at the Port Natal Maritime Museum, live entertainment on the main stage, a mini market and arts and crafts stalls, plus Harley Davidsons, superbikes and supercars, jet ski viewing, rides and loads more.
The special kids’ zone behind Royal Natal Yacht Club will feature face painting, kids’ entertainment, competitions, jumping castles and rides.
On Sunday, September 30, the programme kicks off at 7am with a 5km fun run and walk around the Port of Durban.
This activity is free to enter for up to 200 festival ticket holders. The entertainment programme is bursting with top national and local music talent as well as dance and magic.
Dj HappyGal will be on the decks and you can also catch live performances by popular South African music artists.
On Saturday, there will be performances by Holly Rey, Junior De Rocka, DJ Tira, Clermont Choir, Qadasi and Maqhinga, while on Sunday performers include the living legend Ringo Madlingozi, Lady Zamar, Eric Canham, Simthandile Mtolo and jazz band, Too Close.
The festival’s lifestyle village will offer food and drinks for all tastes, including popular outlets, food trucks, a shisanyama, local stallholders, a gin pop up bar, a wine pop up bar, a sushi bar and a beer garden.
Food and drinks brought from outside the event will not be permitted and patrons are asked to support the wide range of vendors and stallholders by only purchasing food, beverages and alcohol from inside the festival areas.
Tickets are available through Computicket. Children under three enter free.
Gates open at 10am each day and the hubs of activity within the port will be at the N-Shed (Durban cruise terminal) via Port Entrance 3, Quayside Road (off Margaret Mncadi/ Victoria Embankment), as well as at Port Festival Island which is in the vicinity of the Royal Natal Yacht Club / BAT Centre/ Port Natal Maritime Museum.
Blankets, picnic mats and folding chairs are welcome, however, gazebos and picnic umbrellas will not be permitted. Opt for sun hats, caps and sunscreen instead.