About Sophie Thompson

Sophie joined the business in 2001. Sophie brings to the company a wealth of experience and expertise in particular in the sporting arena – she played springbok action cricket; has SA colours for athletics; Natal colours for athletics (club and school); hockey; softball; water-polo and outdoor and indoor cricket. Sophie has studied Sport Psychology and Computer Technology. The main accounts that she works on are the SPAR Women’s Race in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge, as well as a lot of the sailing events that take place in Durban. She was part of the successful team that worked on the PyeongChang’s 2018 Winter Olympic Bid and the World Transplant Games. In rejuvenating the Durban scene of sailing, she has also started photography to help promote the sport.

Spring Is Around The Corner

31st August, 2019|Theatre|

Spring is indeed around the corner – officially the first day of spring is tomorrow (Sunday 1 September). Getting ready for the change in season are performers Bryan Hiles and Cara Roberts. Bryan will be playing with Platform Jazz for their 30-year celebration at S43 today (Saturday 31 August 31) and at the Durban Jewish [...]

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MADE Arts Institute

29th August, 2019|Theatre|

MADE Arts Institute to open in the inner city MADE Institute: Diakonia Centre Durban arts entrepreneurs MADE (Mzansi Arts Development) are opening an arts institute to be based at the Diakonia Centre in the inner city, to teach music skills and dance instruction to encourage live arts practitioners to have the qualifications to formalise their [...]

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From Berea To Hilton

29th August, 2019|Music, Theatre|

Many of the country’s top theatre-makers and artists will be heading to the Midlands for the annual Hilton Arts Festival from 13 – 15 September which offers an artistic smorgasbord from serious music to stand-up comedy and everything in between. Jem Atkins from On Fire Comedy (Scared Scriptless, Rob van Vuuren’s Again) and Kwazi Mhlongo [...]

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Michelle Douglas Back At Hilton Arts Festival

28th August, 2019|Theatre|

Aberfan: The Mistake that Cost a Village its Children Photographer Harry Lock captured Johannesburg actor Michelle Douglas at last year’s festival after her performance in Mike van Graan’s tense political thriller, Green Man Flashing, as part of his Out of Character photo essay. This year Douglas will return to the festival as one of the [...]

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2 – 4 – 1 Special

28th August, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Be ready to log on to book tickets at 08h00 on 2 September to take advantage of this 24 hour special. From 08h00 on 2 September for 24 hours you will be able to take advantage of this buy one get one free offer. It is only applicable to certain productions so [...]

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Wide Musical Diversity

27th August, 2019|Music|

Hilton Arts Festival From opera, to classical and music revue to jazz and Maskani , there is something for everyone. One of the obligations of a festival is to provide as wide a variety of genres of music, performance and art as possible. Festivals should also foster young new talent. The Hilton Arts Festival which [...]

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New Look Bespoke Market

27th August, 2019|Markets & Fairs|

Hilton Arts Festival The 27th Hilton Arts Festival boasts a more streamlined, quality bespoke market highlighting the importance of locally made goods, organic food and home-made crafts. The Festival is proud to announce that there is a new layout to the craft market and that every effort has been made to ensure that all stalls [...]

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Dead Good Music!

27th August, 2019|Music|

KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2019 Early Spring Season Durban City Hall: Thursday 29 Aug, 5 & 12 Sept KZN Philharmonic Orchestra viola player Annamaria D’Andrea, gets in touch with her Day of the Dead alter-ego ahead of this Thursday’s 2019 Early Spring Season concert in the Durban City Hall during which Saint-Saëns’s unforgettable La Danse Macabre [...]

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27 Years And Still Going Strong!

27th August, 2019|Art, Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Long service deserves prizes … and here are three prizes for you - an audience member. After 27 years, it has been interesting to reflect how many people have been involved in KZN’s leading art festival, held this year from 13 to 15 September at Hilton College, near Pietermaritzburg. Sue Clarence, the [...]

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Learn The Art Of Fencing At Hilton Arts Festival!

27th August, 2019|Music|

Here is another new, exciting opportunity for visitors at the Hilton Arts Festival at Hilton College from 13 - 15 September. Experts in the art of fencing will be giving demonstrations and inviting the public to have a go. Fencing is a sport for both boys and girls of all ages. Midlands Fencing Academy has [...]

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Spring Is Around The Corner

22nd August, 2019|Music|

Thank you Yi-Jia Susanne Hou for being such a sport yesterday…. It was great to meet you, and such a fun shoot. “Spring is around the corner” indeed it is! and thank you Robin Opperman for making the springs for the shoot all rather silly really….. KZN Philharmonic season starts again tonight…..that’s Thursday evenings sorted [...]

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A Busy Time For Cathy Peacock!

21st August, 2019|Uncategorized|

“In Bohemia the trumpets never call to battle, they always call to dance!” KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2019 Early Spring Season 22 Aug – 12 Sept Durban City Hall: 22 Aug, 5 & 12 Sept Playhouse Opera: 29 Aug 30 Years of Platform Jazz. S43: Saturday 31 August 31 Durban Jewish Club: Sunday 1 September Trumpet [...]

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Handover Of Ambulance By Japanese Embassy

20th August, 2019|Other|

Formal Handover: Denis Hurley Centre: Thursday 22 Aug at 3pm The Government of Japan has invested R1 million in helping the homeless of Durban. Their generous grant has enabled the Denis Hurley Centre to buy a high-roof Mercedes Sprinter van and convert it into a state-of-the-art mobile clinic / ambulance. The vehicle has been in [...]

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Helalia Claims Her Fifth SPAR Title

18th August, 2019|Sport|

SPAR KZN Women's 10/5km Pietermaritzburg: Sunday 18 August Claiming the title of the Maritzburg SPAR Women’s 10/5km, this year’s queen of the SPAR Grand Prix, Helalia Johannes (Nedbank) took the top honours in a course record breaking time of 32.23. In a full field of 4,500 runners - this is the fifth time this year [...]

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2019 Shall We Dance

15th August, 2019|Theatre|

Playhouse Opera: 6 – 15 September “And a 5,6,7,8 ……” Returning to the Playhouse Opera from 6 – 15 September, the annual dance showcase Shall We Dance is back with more steps than the mythical stairway to heaven. Celebrating its 27th year this year, the annual showcase extravaganza of Durban’s diverse dance scene will be [...]

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2019 Early Spring Season

15th August, 2019|Music|

KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s 22 Aug – 12 Sept Durban City Hall: 22 Aug, 5 & 12 Sept Playhouse Opera: 29 Aug The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2019 Early Spring Season runs each Thursday from 22 August to 12 September, with World Symphony Series concerts performed in the Durban City Hall on 22 August, and on 5 [...]

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Film At The Fest

13th August, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Hilton College: 13 – 15 September A ‘reely’ interesting selection of films will be on offer at the 27th Hilton Arts Festival taking place on the magnificent grounds of the Hilton College from 13 – 15 September. As part of the 237 scheduled events this year, a feast of film has been [...]

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Catching Up With Nontuthuko Mashimane

13th August, 2019|Sport|

The first thing that strikes one when meeting livewire Pietermaritzburg athlete Nontuthuko Mashimane, is that this is one dynamo lady, who loves people and running with people. The Maritzburg born and bred, “Nontu” who will be on the starting line of the SPAR Women’s 10km/5km Challenge in the Capital come Sunday 18 August, is passionate [...]

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Where To Find Your HAF Programme

9th August, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Bookings Open Ready, steady, go! Bookings open on Monday 12 August. Here’s what you need to know. The programme will appear in The Sunday Times on Sunday 11 August. Please note that this is in selected areas and not in every copy. But do not fear, it will also be online from [...]

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Double Dose Of Duigan

8th August, 2019|Music|

Sunday at the Opera: Durban Jewish Centre Sunday 18 August at 3pm Christopher Duigan Plays Chopin: Hilton Arts Festival: 13 – 15 Sept There are at least two opportunities to catch leading concert pianist and Steinway Artist Music Revival’s Christopher Duigan over the next few weeks. Friends of Music in association with Christopher Duigan’s Music [...]

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So Much More Than You Ever Imagined…

8th August, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Other, Theatre|

So much more than you ever imagined at The Hilton Arts Festival! And heaps for free! Hilton College: 13 – 15 September This year’s Hilton Arts Festival, scheduled to run from 13 – 15 September, offers a bumper 237 different events in more than 34 venues!! The Festival Director, Sue Clarence, has just spent a [...]

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Visual Art Takes Flight At Hilton Arts Festival

6th August, 2019|Art|

Hilton College: 13 to 15 September The Hilton Festival 2019 sees a huge increase in the number of participating visual artists as well as a diversity of exhibitions. Over the past few years the number of visual artists exhibiting at Hilton has steadily increased. Conversations with the artists have strongly suggested to the Festival management [...]

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Absa Gallery To Showcase At Hilton Arts Festival

5th August, 2019|Art|

Absa Gallery to showcase old masters and young break-out talent at Hilton Arts Festival Two of South Africa’s proudest artistic exports – JH Pierneef and Anton van Wouw – will come under the spotlight at this year’s Hilton Arts Festival between 13 and 15 September, when Absa features a sample of some of their leading [...]

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Book Launch – Game Changer Award

5th August, 2019|Other, Theatre|

Busy Time for Twist Durban Book Launch: Bat Centre: 17 August at 5pm Hilton Book Launch & Twist Productions: Hilton Arts Festival: 13 – 15 September Twist Theatre Development Projects will be launching the new book by Roel Twijnstra and Emma Durden, Acting in South Africa: Skills and Inspirations, in Durban on Saturday 17 August [...]

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Celebrate 30 Years Of Platform Jazz

5th August, 2019|Music|

S43: Saturday 31 August 31 Durban Jewish Centre: Sunday 1 September There are two opportunities to enjoy Platform Jazz, Durban’s well-known swing band, who is celebrating 30 years of making music: a jazz extravaganza in collaboration with Friends of Music on Sunday 1 September at the Durban Jewish Centre at 2.30pm, and the evening before [...]

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