Over the last 5 years, young Durban creatives have looked forward to the end of the each year knowing the next Interpret Durban is on the way and their opportunity to flex their artistic muscles is fast approaching. It’s a chance to see where they stand, to see whose out there, to be discovered… heck, to be awesome! And Interpret Durban 6 was ready to set the bar all over again.
You may be wondering what we’re going on about, well lets break it down. Interpret Durban is a mixed medium art contest that runs for a month preceding the night of the event. It all started back in 2010 as a humble T-shirt design contest but over the years has grown into an event which facilitates a competition across 4 categories including Videography, Photography, Illustration and Visual Arts. The night of the event is built around the exhibition of the work submitted across the categories as well as the much anticipated award ceremony. Following the awards is one heck of a party where the venue bursts with top local bands and DJ’s shaking up the dace-floor and celebrating everyone’s…Durbanness.
This year the Interpret Durban 6 team managed to pull together a judging panel of some of Durban’s most respected creatives and coupled it with prizes across the 4 categories with totaled in excess of R250 000 in prices ranging from flights to Mr Price Home Collaborations and a host of awesome Durban proud goodness. Suffice to say the stakes were high.
To further up the anti Interpret Durban 6 (dubbed ID6 for short) joined forces with the phenomenally successful Durban Street Food Festival which tied beautifully into the theme of the event: ‘Durban Flavours’. This resulted in guests not only being treated to the phenomenal art on display but added no shortage of proudly Durban food for the guests to choose from. With the inclusion of the awesome line up its easy to surmise that it was a feast for the eyes, ears and tummies of all in attendance . With the art being the core of the event the exhibition area was buzzing with enthusiasts, playing a game of ‘guess who won’ with near everyone having their first places picked out in eager anticipation. Half way through the night the masses were summoned to the main stage and the ID6 winners were announced. The atmosphere was electric and smiles were the order of eve. After the prize giving the heat was turned up another notch as the kickass line up of local acts such as Yorke, The Pranks, The Sisters, Dj Lag, Mashayabhuqe Kamamba and DJ Bhashkar who had the crowd shaking some seriously awesome moves on the dancefloor into the early hours of the morning. Avi Mack (founder of Oxygen Studios) says “I got to experience all sides of Durban. The night brought everyone to one place for the same reason. Celebrating Durban”.
From the prizes to the party itself there were many forces behind ID6. We would especially like to extend our thanks to Mr Price Home, African Art Centre, Lion Match, Ethekwini Municipality, Side Bar, Broadcast Lighting, Colombo Coffee, S43, Unity Bar, Open Plan Studios, Savior Brand, 031 Distillery, Toms Music, The Winston Pub, Lola Malone, Cafe 1999, Moses Mabhida Big Rush Swing, Love Coffee, Coffee Tree and Holmes Brothers. You guys made it all possible.
Interpret Durban brought some serious heat in 2015 and the wheels have already begun spinning to ensure ID7 does not fall short. Check out the great snaps below for a visual tour of the night that was Interpret Durban 6!