2021 Durban July returns to Greyville Racecourse - here's this year's theme

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Somizi Mhlongo
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  • The 2021 Durban July returns to Greyville Racecourse on 3 July, and organisers have announced this year's theme.
  • Last year the Vodacom Durban July took place as a broadcast-only event due to Covid-19 restrictions. 
  • Gold Circle Marketing Director Stephen Marshall points out that there is a powerful underlying message in the theme that speaks to the tenacity of the key players in the racing industry.

The 2021 Durban July returns to Greyville Racecourse on 3 July, and organisers have announced this year's theme.

The theme "Birds of a Feather" will excite the fashionistas and socialites as it offers a myriad of inspiration for designers and decorators, as it invites them to explore the plumage of Africa's birds.

But as Gold Circle Marketing Director Stephen Marshall points out, there is a powerful underlying message in the theme that speaks to the tenacity of the key players in the racing industry that is determined to deal with the current challenges.

Last year the horseracing event took place behind closed doors as a broadcast-only event - due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

Celebrities including Bonang Matheba and Somizi Mhlongo are known to push fashion boundaries, and make an entrance at the annual event, and it was Zodwa Wabantu who first popped on everyone's radar with her showstopping dress in 2017.  Who will steal the show this year? 

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"The Vodacom Durban July is a truly unique South African sporting and social occasion in the way that it unifies the nation and draws people together from all walks of life," said Stephen.

"Where this theme resonates with the horseracing industry is the way it unpacks how all the role players have been able to work together to ensure that the industry and all its key events have been able to keep going through a challenging year when so many others have fallen by the wayside.

"Like birds of a feather flocking together, the theme vividly describes the role that every person passionate about horse racing has played, from the owners, jockeys, trainers and grooms to the punters and the fans, in keeping racing alive," he said.

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