The fourteenth Durban International Blues Festival will now not be taking place on 27th,28th and 29th September, but has been moved out to the 1st,2nd and 3rd November this year. Australian guest artist Fiona Boyes will still top the billing and with a few slight adaptations only, the program will be pretty much the same.
“This decision has not been made lightly and was done after much consideration and deliberation by the Festival directors and in the interest of upholding the policies and honourable practice ethics of the Durban International Blues Festival,” said Publicity Director, Tanya van Agthoven.
“As some of you may be aware, the DIBF is a Section 21 (Reg No 2017/196824/08) registered entity. We depend on sponsorship and departmental assistance to stage the show, and have done so from 2005- an aspect which is becoming more and more critical as the profile of sponsorship in this climate is delicately positioned.
We have the contract for funding from a prominent source but the physical release of this funding could not be guaranteed before the event, which would affect our payment to artist s and suppliers,” she added.
This situation arose with a shift and structural changes in relevant departments and is beyond the event organizer’s control. The Durban international Blues Festival’s policy is and has always been something on which they pride themselves: artists and suppliers get paid without question.
But! The show goes on as planned at Zacks, Wilson’s Wharf, Durban and Computicket will be on line again shortly for new ticket releases- watch their website and our FB pages. Tickets for unreserved, first come first serve seating are R 150 and R160 at the box office on show night. (Those parties who had bought tickets for the September dates, will be contacted by the Computicket Call Centre and either reimbursed or refunded)
Says Thando Nyameni, Festival Director , “The Durban International Blues Festival is highly respected, successful and well patronized and in order to ensure that its reputation and longevity remains intact, this is the decided solution and we hope you will agree with us and in so doing, assist in the longevity we wish to maintain. On behalf of my co directors, Tanya van Agthoven Marais, Will Wallace and Pinkie Mtshali- I thank you for this understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused to those who had already made arrangements for the earlier dates. See you at the show!”