Durban Port Festival 2016
Expect a weekend of portside fun when the Durban Port Festival makes a welcome return to the city from 18 to 19 June – the first to be held in Durban in more than a decade and part of Transnet National Ports Authority’s efforts to reconnect communities with the ports.
Free activities lined up so far for all ages include tours of South African Navy ships, tugboat viewing, a careers exhibition focusing on maritime vocations, a special kids’ zone, live entertainment and an array of other waterside and landside activities. There will also be a craft market and food stalls where goodies can be purchased from local stallholders. Activities will take place around Wilson’s Wharf and the Durban passenger terminal’s N-shed.
The Durban Port Festival will run alongside the South African Navy’s World Hydrography Day (WHD) celebrations in and around the port city from 17 to 19 June, although the official WHD date globally is 21 June. World Hydrography Day highlights the important role that the South African Navy plays by ensuring safe navigation for ships, however for practical reasons the SA Navy will host its activities from 17 to 19 June 2016.
The most popular attraction will undoubtedly be the opening of SA Navy ships to the public on the weekend of 18 and 19 June. This is the chance for the public – including kids - to board real-life navy vessels such as SAS PROTEA and SAS DRAKENSBERG, and possibly Offshore Patrol Vessels that may be stationed in the Port of Durban.
The Navy’s plans also include a free SA Navy Band gala performance at the City Hall on Friday, 17 June and a march through the streets of Durban on the morning of Saturday, 18 June, including a 96 person Guard of Honour accompanied by the SA Navy Band.
Entry to the Durban Port Festival and the SA Navy’s World Hydrography Day activities will be FREE and suitable for the whole family. Festivities will run from 10h00 until 20h00 on Saturday, 18 June and from 10h00 until 17h00 on Sunday 19 June.
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