Festivals are perhaps the best part of any place that fills the environment with colors and joy. Irrespective of caste, creed or any other difference, people gather together to commemorate the occasion. Durban is one such South African city that celebrates each and every occasion with pomps and pleasure. One of the wonderfully acclaimed events is the Essence Festival in Durban, that brings together the culture and vibrant talents of South Africa. It takes place in the month of September or October and presents an array of popular artists from across the globe who performs on different themes. From dance and music to a range of stage performance, the Essence festival in Durban is thought-provoking, diverse and great fun. It focuses on the talents, local and international, economic, cultural and other development. There are other popularly celebrated festivals in Durban that includes music, events, film, food, local goods market, art and craft fair, and street festivals or events.
The international film festival in Durban is one of the largest festivals that is celebrated with around 200 screenings that showcase the best of the International Cinema including Africa. It provides various prizes including international and local award components for the film-makers in different categories like short films, documentary and feature film. During the event, there are a number of discussions, seminars, workshops, etc. are conducted and the film-makers reach out to the areas where no cinemas exist at all. However, the film-makers are allowed to portray their work to the producers in expectation of financial return. It also hosts a number of fair and market for Christmas celebration, Shongweni Farmers Market and Craft Market being the leads. It offers a number of products for an interesting gift idea and also includes hand-made crafts or decors for the great season of Christmas. Food and drink fairs are a must during all the festivals in Durban.
Apart from the delicious food served during the Essence Festival in Durban, a dedicate food-themed festival also takes place here. The food festival is one of the most exciting and diverse events, where a number of cuisines, both local and international can be found. It is the best time to endear your tastebud with the sumptuous food preparation following recipes from across India, Africa and Asia. The city serves with a bowl full of giggles to every family and group of friends with the Durban Street Food Festival that awaits your hungry and thirsty bellies. Moreover, the list of festivals in Durban would remain incomplete without the mention of Gin Festival, that takes place every year. During this time, Durban collects a huge range of gins for people to indulge in a bit of trance. The Gin Festival in Durban auspicious event presents several gins, the supply of samples, Cocktail demos performed by experts, live entertainment and fun. A fresh and new twist to the drinking festival is the Durban Sushi scene, which serves seafood for two days, accompanied by a luxurious wine festival. It presents amazing sushi and seafood stalls, finely crafted wines, gin bars, delicious desserts and more.