Diary of events, March/April 2019

Events, exhibitions, walks, happenings in the KZN Midlands

The KZN Midlands Matric Art exhibition is a combination of the best art works from the previous year, produced in about 18 schools in and around Pietermaritzburg that teach art for matric, and includes a school for the deaf.
Where: Tatham Art Gallery, Main Gallery
When: Until Sunday, May 26
Enquiries/Bookings: pinky.nkabinde@msunduzi.gov.za or 033 392 2811

**An exhibition titled “The Suffering of the People” at Tatham Art Gallery showcases the work of Siyabonga Ngubane.

Ngubane is a young artist passionate about making linoprints. He draws directly on to the lino and then carves out intricate designs in different textures.

According to an article on the Tatham Art Gallery website, he was brought up in the Christian faith, which is represented in his work, along with aspects of the Muslim, Zionist, Shembe, Buddhists religions and more.

The work of Siyabonga Ngubane will be on show in an exhibition titled “The Suffering of the People”, at the Tatham Art Gallery until May 19.

Ngubane will be artist-in-residence from Tuesday, April 9 to Friday, April 12. He will also conduct two workshops on Tuesday, May 7 and May 14, where he will share his printmaking skills.

Where: Schreiner Gallery, Tatham Art Gallery
When: Sunday, March 31-Sunday, May 19
Contact Reena Bhoodram: reena.bhoodram@msunduzi.gov.za or 033 392 2823

**The Wessa Trail Run takes place through the Wessa Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve on the edge of the Howick Falls. Single track hugs the edge of the valley with thick bushveld, aloes and game as spectators.
Where: WESSA, uMngeni Valley, Howick
When: Sunday, April 14
Tickets and info available from the KZN Trail Running website

**On the third Thursday of each month you can take a walk and enjoy the natural splendour of Fort Nottingham area’s grasslands and forest (pictured, top). R20 donation to the Lion’s Bush Conservancy.
Where: Meet at ElsAmics, opposite Fort Nottingham Museum
When: Thursday, April 18, 9am to 11am
Contact: Roy Tabernor, 082 487 0922

**Take an interesting and informative stroll through the beautiful mist-belt forest and adjacent grassland in the Dargle with custodian Barend Booysen. R20 donation to Dargle Conservancy.
Where: Meet at Crab Apple Cottage, Dargle.
When: April 4, 9am-11am
Info: Call Barend Booysen on 082 787 0797

More events in the KZN Midlands

**The Abbot Pfanner Trappist Trail (APT) is a beautiful 8 night/9 day trail linking eight historic Trappist Missions from the Southern Drakensberg, through stunning scenery to the rural areas of Umzimkulu and Ixopo.

The cost of about R1 200 a day includes transport from the start and back, luggage transfers, a share of the local trail guide, costs of the group leader, all accommodation, most meals and a donation to each mission. They also receive leaflets on the missions, a pilgrim record and a certificate at the end of the walk. Lectures, videos and other presentations are arranged on some evenings.

Trails will take place in April, June/July, September and October 2019. A 5 night/6 days ‘Walk-and-Ride” trail for the not so fit (walking ± 8 km per day) will be offered in October.

For more info contact: Syl Nilsen – 031 2672059; 083 4748086

Midlands film-maker for exciting Canada premiere

**A weekly networking session for businesswomen from Pietermaritzburg, Hilton and Howick is held at Nino’s, Quarry Centre, on Fridays. Informal sessions with an opportunity to chat and network. No additional costs, just the cost of your tea, coffee, etc.
Where: Nino’s, Hilton Quarry Centre
When: Every Friday morning at 8am
Info: To find out more, contact Louise Klaassen on 072 290 9389