Durban abuzz as beach festival kicks off

2008-06-27 00:00

The Durban beachfront is a hive of activity as thousands of holidaymakers visit the Durban Beach Festival, one of Durban’s premier holiday events.

Sunny weather heralded the start of the 10-day beach lifestyle and sport festival, which runs until July 6.

The 2008 Mr Price Pro Junior began in great style as 80 of South Africa’s top surfers went head to head during the sixth annual 3A rated Surfing South Africa event.

Eight surfers from the KwaZulu-Natal development and transformation programme opened the prestigious 10-day competition, competing for four coveted spots in the main event.

Visitors can look forward to buskers, clowns, face painters, stilt-walkers, balloon makers and jugglers who are also guaranteed to delight youngsters.

An interesting feature is the Cafe, where members of the public are invited to fine tune their musical skills while chilling out in massive drum circles with the sound of the sea in the background.

The popular al fresco dining area will be hosting belly dancing and sunset samba evenings with a wide array of mouth-watering dishes on offer to the more discerning beachgoers.

Free movies will be shown at night projected on a big screen with traditional popcorn; Veera Zara is being shown today and the Bee Movie will be aired on Sunday evening from 6 pm.

The retail cabins at the Amphitheatre are bound to be a hit with something on sale to appeal to everyone at the beach from foods to trinkets, clothing, jewellery and gadgets.

Sporty beachgoers will be spoilt for choice, with basketball on the promenade, volleyball clinics at the Bay of Plenty, beach games for the whole family and Ocean Experience clinics held three times daily at 10 am, noon and 2 pm at Bay beach and North beach. The Ocean Experience clinics presented by the City of Durban are free to the public.

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