The Durban Festival of Chariots celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. It is a four-day festival hosted by ISKCON, a non-profit and non-sectarian society. Our mission is to spread love and a deeper understanding of our true selves. With this understanding, we are able to break through the numerous barriers that humans build around themselves. This festival is our attempt to bring all members of society together in the celebration of life. Our entertainment is geared to show unity through diversity. Every evening we have a specific focus:
Friday 30 March – Life-In-Style @4pm
Visitors can explore the ancient Vedic sciences. Energize with yoga. Prophesize with Astrology. Revitalise with Ayurveda. Make a conscious connection with mantra-meditation. Style your life with goodness.
Saturday 31 March – Sound Evolution Concert @4pm
From Hip-hop to opera, reggae to classical; pop, rock, poetry, and mantra. Yes! We will have something for everyone. Our soul-soothing sounds will send your spirit soaring. With a blend of local favourites and international flavours, we invite you to a conscious concert. Evolve through sacred sound.
Sunday 1 April – Everybody Dance @4pm
Can you feel the rhythm? Get off your seats and grab some dance sticks. We have moves you have never seen before. Our interactive dance session brings you…Dandiya! Dandiya is an ancient form of stick dance that can be performed in concentric groups. We aim for one massive group dance-off! Do you have two left feet? No problem! Just register and qualify for your own pair of dandiya sticks and dance lesson. Once you’ve got your sticks and learned the moves, we get together and..Ready Steady Dance!
Can you hear the rumble? We bring you the globally acclaimed Drum Cafe. Interactive drumming is a sure and fun way to get your blood pumping, release tension, and feel alive with rhythm. Follow your heart-beat. Togetherness is our key. Join in with your Dandiya sticks. Oh, and watch out for our mantra drum fusion.
You need to register to join in both of these events. You can bring your own dandiya sticks and drums as well. We have a limited number of dandiya sticks and drums, so book early. Note: no under 10s for the drumming.
Registration is essential:
Monday 2 April – Walk & Yoga @7am
For the early bird! Invigorate the body and mind on a walk with the world-renowned Walking Monk – Bhaktimarga Swami. This is an opportunity to have a thoughtful conversation with a monk in a casual environment. Read more about the Swami and his walking journeys on page 6. The walk will begin at the Blue Waters Hotel go to the beach and end at the festival site where you will ease into a yoga session with Imani. This event is designed to get you moving, stretching, breathing and aligned with Divinity. Registration is essential: https://goo.gl/forms/dQf8T6lj93R76qVS2
The Queen’s Secret
This is a drama based on the Indian epic, the Mahabharat, which tells the story of a young princess who secretly begets a son from the Sun-god. The Queen’s Secret is a full-on story which deals with royalty, sages, and the way fate plays out in our lives. Life becomes an adventure, filled with wonder. It is identifiable and a favourite pastime of people of the East for millennia. The basic storyline still holds interest to a modern day audience as we live in a world where many are searching for their biological roots. I would like our audience to find their purpose, gain spiritual focus and understand that time reveals all secrets. Audiences from all over the world will be enriched by this tale of devotional history.
This drama will be staged on Friday, Saturday and Sunday @7:30pm
Note: All our events are free.
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