Performance details


The 2019 festival programme is still in the planning phases …. check back here in December for details.

The 2018 programme and performance details are below.

Opening procession

Friday 19th January, from 5 pm

Join us for an hour of strange and unusual happenings to kick off the festival.

Seeking Asylum

Performance Art
Saturday 20 January at 1 pm
Sunday 21 January at 1 pm

Where the sea meets the land is the place of the stowaway. Who comes in and who leaves? Who gets in and who stays out. What are we seeking and how do we find it? Concept and performance by doung Anwar Jahangeer.


gerard-2Gerard O – Air

Street comedian
Saturday 20 January at 1.30 pm
Sunday 21 January at 1:30 pm

Gerard Olthaar is an acclaimed Dutch street comedian, and has performed at festivals around the world. When comedy meets the streets, anything can happen!

Abafana Bizarre

Saturday 20 January at 2 pm
Sunday 21 January at 2 pm

A bizarre and risque take on the traditional gumboot dance … from Wushwini Arts and Heritage Centre. Expect to be surprised!

Coming home

Satire / physical theatre
Saturday 20 January at 2.30 pm
Sunday 21 January at 2:30 pm

A rich man with ideas about what his life should look like has an interesting encounter with a beachfront security guard that leaves him adding more to his life than he expected.

The Kitchen Symphony

Street Theatre
Saturday 20 January at 3 pm
Sunday 21 January at 3 pm

A new collaboration by the acclaimed duo of Clinton Marius and Bongani Mbatha:  What happens when pots and pans turn into sweet music?  Who gets to enjoy what’s on the menu?


Saturday 20 January at 3.30 pm
Sunday 21 January at 3:30 pm

This piece created by Kristi_Leigh Gresse engages with the fragility of human existence and how this notion has instilled fear in each of us. Everything can end in a split second…. and there is always an end to everything

Stilts in the street

Slapstick street theatre
Saturday 20 January at 4 pm
Sunday 21 January at 4 pm

When a stilt walker meets a street comedian – anything can happen!  A wacky collaboration between Gerard O and Amos Williamz.


Saturday 20 January at 4.30 pm
Sunday 21 January at 4.30 pm

Award-winning choreographer Musa Hlatshwayo has created this metaphorical journey of two black young women who navigate their identity in a society where political ideologies impose standards and expectations around these.

Sundowner showcases

Live music: Monday Big Band Jazz
Saturday 20 January at 5 pm 
Sunday 21 January at 5 pm 

Join us for live music on the Bay of Plenty lawns for Durban’s new big jazz band led by George Mari, to dance and watch the sun go down.

Free, open dance classes

Saturday 20 January: 8 am – 9 am: DanceXercise 
Sunday 21 January: 8 am – 9 am: Zumba class

No matter how many left feet you have – join us for a fun, free class to get the year started on the right foot (or the left one).

Free street theatre classes

Sunday 20 January and Sunday 21 January: 9 am – 10 am

Join Gerard O for a masterclass in street performance:  whether you are an aspiring actor, comedian or just want to entertain yourself – come and explore the mad world of this acclaimed Dutch performer for an hour.  Free of charge.

Get framed!  

Durban-based visual artist Leevi Matthews has created a range of gorgeous Fresha Festival Frames for you to come and interact with … come and get yourself noticed on social media!


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