2019 Okwethu Community Arts Festival


Genres: dance, poetry, music, storytelling and theatre performance

Audition: Greater Kokstad Municipality
Date: 04 October 2019
Time: 09h00 – 16h30
Venue: Kokstad Youth Centre

Audition: Ray Nkonyeni Municipality
Date: 05 October 2019
Time: 09h00 – 16h30
Venue: Uvongo Town Hall

Aspirants who wish to participate in the festival must register for auditions. Registration forms are available at the Playhouse until the 20th of September, or can be downloaded here: Audition 4 October 2019 OR Audition 5 October 2019

Only groups or individuals who have registered will be allowed to audition. The duration for auditions will be five minutes or less. Artists are required to submit profiles and registration forms to Sithembiso Blose at  or call 031 369 9467 during office hours. No walk-ins will be accommodated. It is therefore essential to book your slot.

The Okwethu Community Arts Festival will be held as follows:

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality
Date: 06 December 2019
Venue: Uvongo Town Hall

Greater Kokstad Municipality
Date: 07 December 2019
Venue: Kokstad Youth Centre

Sundowners and Test Drive Auditions for 2020/21


KwaZulu-Natal musicians, get your saxophones, guitars, pianos and tambourines ready! The Playhouse Company has just announced the dates for the auditions of both the 2020/21 Sundowner Concerts and the Test Driving the Arts programmes.

Over the years the Sundowner programme has become a regular entertainment feature in the Durban city centre. The Playhouse Company is looking forward to an even more entertaining 2020/21 season.

Through our Sundowners and Test Drive programmes, The Playhouse Company aims to support the city’s artistic core as we believe artists and musicians are an essential part of the rhythm and energy of eThekwini.

Some of the names featured on the current programme include well known stars such as 55Madala Kunene, Elias ‘Sdumo’ Ngidi, Malini, Lucia Mthiyane, AfroSoul, Lu Dlamini, Ndu Shezi, Dani Foster Trio, Bongani Nkwanyana, Philani Ngidi and Thando Nyameni among others. If you fancy being counted alongside these names, auditions for the 2019 Sundowners programme are to be held at The Playhouse Company on the 25 September 2018.

Meanwhile, upcoming artists will be given an opportunity to showcase their talent in the Test Driving the Arts sessions. Test Driving the Arts programme showcases aspirant practitioners by providing performance space for free lunch time shows in the city. Aimed largely at the younger viewer, Test Driving the Arts includes poetry and musical performances across a wide range of genres. This means that whether you are an upcoming Jazz, Maskandi, Gospel, Kwaito, Afro Reggae, Imfene, Pantsula, or Hip Hop artist, this is your chance to showcase your skills in a public space.


Test Driving the Arts

Dates:   26 September 2019 (for Bands and backing tracks) OR  
             27 September 2019 (for Pansula Dancers /Zulu Dancers/Poets)

Venue: The Playhouse Company Grand Foyer

Booking process: No walk-ins will be accommodated. It is essential to book your slot.

Registration forms can be collected from The Playhouse Head Office, 29 Acutt Street, from 19 August till 13 September 2019, or download the form from here

Sundowner Concerts

Date: 25 September 2019
Venue: Playhouse Company Grand Foyer

Booking audition process: Artists are requested to submit profiles to Khulekani Kunene at

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