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Visit Durban for the Durban International Festival this year!

Every winter in South Africa, the Durban International Film Festival is hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natalís Centre for Creative Arts. This year, the 37th edition will take place from the 16th of June to the 26th and this attracts film lover from all over the country, Africa and the rest of the world. The 10 day celebration of film includes an array of films including feature films, documentaries and short films with a special focus on African film.

An extension of the film festivals includes the Wavescape Surf Film Festival and other initiatives such as seminars and workshops. The festival also attracts industry figures, and works together with Berlinale Talents and the 6th Durban FilmMart in partnership with the Durban Film Office. DIFF 2016 will be announcing its programme on the 27th of May 2016.

DIFF has be recognised as major contributor to Durbanís Arts and Culture economy by providing film industry jobs across various areas including administration, workshopping and other elements. The town itself is bursting with culture and this festival is only one of the many factors that bring a lot of life into the town.

Durban is known for be the fun capital of South Africa; here are some fun things you can do while enjoying the festival:

1. Enjoy a Durban-style curry
You can head down to Durban central to enjoy a curry from the Britannia Hotel and is well known for this delicious dish. Itís also a popular destination for accommodation.

2. Visit the Phansi Museum
See the array of African arts and crafts in South Africa, including life size dolls wearing traditional clothing and displaying al the cultures of South Africa.

3. Visit the Umhlanga Farmersí Market
This market offers locally produced food with local ingredients freshly cultivated from the local farms.

4. Visit the Pinetown Museum
Located in the library complex of the corner of Old Main Street and Crompton Street; Pinetown Museum is a good way to learn about South Africaís rich history.

5. Visit the Artisan Contemporary Gallery
This gallery is purpose-built, light-filled space is the finest representation of South African art and exquisitely executed craft.

Published April 28, 2016

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David Gulpilil in Charlieís Country (Australia, 2014) screening at DIFF 2016

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