Going Back to the Beach!
Durban Festival of Chariots
10-13 April 2020 | North Beach
We are delighted to announce that the iconic Durban Festival of Chariots is going back to the beach! The festival will take place at the prestigious Amphitheatre, sunken gardens, lawns and beaches of the Bay of Plenty, North Beach over the Easter weekend (10-13 April), from 11am to 10 pm daily. This year, we are partnering with the eThekwini Municipality in an effort to encourage and support inclusiveness, tolerance and respect in the city and unfold Srila Prabhupada’s vision “to achieve real unity and peace in the world.” The festival tagline Culturally Many, Spiritually One deeply encompasses these social cohesion goals and will be expressed in all aspects of the festival, including messaging, hospitality, food and entertainment. We look forward to sharing exciting festival plans with you in the coming weeks. Don’t forget to save the date.
ON THE PROMENADE:
The colourful parade starts at 11am on Friday 10th April. Accompanied by musicians, African dancers, Scottish bagpipes, horses, magicians, clowns, stilt walkers, and hundreds of dancing and singing festival goers, the traditional 15m high chariots will roll down the prestigious Golden Mile and stop at the festival site at Bay of Plenty, North Beach.
ON THE LAWNS:
A venue for a remarkable lineup – Choir and kirtan, ground acts with strength poles, acrobat duos, wheel and juggling cubes, a variety of Western, Eastern and African dance forms, classical and contemporary music and song, a special children’s concert and two new theatre productions by world famous Bhaktimarga Swami, interspersed with deep spiritual messaging – all weaved into a dynamic showcase of our rainbow nation culture.
Children’s Theme Park
Kids under ten are in for a treat at the tailored children’s theme park.
Target paintball shooting, face painting, a picnic and circus show, a pamper station, crafts, slime workshops, sand art and a “cave of horror” are some of the delightful attractions. Don’t miss out on the Young Masterchef cooking competition, kids’ movies and the Easter egg hunt with the Easter bunny. Three sessions with Children’s Drum Café will also spill onto the main and beach stages. Treats and prizes galore! And, parents can chill in our tea garden while the kids have a blast.
Veg and Vegan Food Fair
Feeling for something different to the delicious, free wood fire biryani served daily at the festival? You will be spoilt for choice. Pizzas, burgers and bunnies, saucy pastas and tramezzini’s, nachos and burritos, Chinese noodles, decadent sweets and savouries, milkshakes, cakes and waffles, nutritious smoothies, fresh pressed juices, health rolls and wraps – the food court has it all. Freshly prepared and served with love.
Potter around in the retail marquee and invest in some good locally sourced or imported items – refined silks and quality cotton apparel, exotic and contemporary jewelry, gifting, stationery, natural perfumes, soaps and incense, hand crafted beadwork and weaves, art, cultural items, devotional paraphernalia and much more.
Be a little adventurous with glitter face paint, temporary trendy tattoos and intricate henna designs done by skilled artists in quaint little stands sprawled around the site. All materials are non-toxic.
Stay a while and listen to health and wellness experts, life coaches, motivational speakers, good food demonstrators, mainstream medics and alternate healers – all sharing practical, sagacious advice on optimal living.
Spend quality time with professional panelists from all designations in the city as they lend their voices and share their insights on topical and relevant issues affecting South Africans and global citizens today, with a serious goal of moving the social cohesion agenda forward.
ON THE BEACH
Colour Splash Arena and Stage
Get your morning fit with renowned Yoga teacher Nitai Priya Das (Dubai). Then, dive into some competitive fun with beach soccer or beach volleyball. Later, take in the youth vibes on stage with contemporary dance movements, poetry, hip hop, drumming and much more.
Colour Splash Event
The highly anticipated “Colourfest” will take place on Sunday from 2-4 pm. Entry is free but powders cost per colour. Come dressed to get messed!
The spectacular show is scheduled for Saturday, 11 April on Bay Pier at 10pm.