Get that Fresha feeling

Shelby Strange is part of the Rickshaw Collective who will be performing a physical theatre piece, 'Dislocation'. Photo: Luca Barausse

The first-ever Fresha Festival is a free, fun family open-air theatre festival being staged on Durban North’s Beach Front which is sure to get you out of the post-holiday blues.

A late afternoon promenade procession will get you into the summer festival mood on Friday, January 20 and give you a taste of what is to come over the weekend.

The festival programme runs on Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22 from 12pm until 5pm, offering a full afternoon of diverse, family-friendly, free short shows.

Each day will culminate with a Sundowner Showcase under the especially erected beach bedouin tent on the Bay of Plenty Lawns at 5pm. These evening performances are charged on a pay-what-you-can basis.

Durban Deaf mime artist, Sibo Masondo who will appear in a street mime piece.  Photo: Paulo Menezes

Durban Deaf mime artist, Sibo Masondo who will appear in a street mime piece.
Photo: Paulo Menezes

Among the performers are fun street theatre comedy interventions by Gerard O, a street performer from the Netherlands; physical theatre pieces by respected Durban choreographers / performers Mdu Mtshali and Shelby Strange; an installation by Doung Anwar Jahangeer; a piece by Durban deaf mime artist, Sibo Masondo, and guest productions from Isil Vos of the Netherlands.

Each production will have two 15 minute performances over the weekend.

For more info, visit / or email

Muzi Shili and Oscar Buthelezi. Photo: Mark Wessels

Muzi Shili and Oscar Buthelezi. Photo: Mark Wessels


>>> Need some ideas for things to do? Check out Holiday Vibes.

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