KZN MILITARY TATTOO
For a truly larger-than-life, majestic spectacle, the annual KZN Military Tattoo is a prestigious social calendar event not to be missed. With its mass pipes and drum corps, displays of military, police and civilian performances, stirring music set to a military feast of celebration and patriotism, visitors to this year’s Military Tattoo are in for a day of non-stop entertainment that will thrill the whole family.
Tattoos originated centuries ago and are said to stem from an old military tradition. It all started when a Dutch commander ordered a bugler and drummer out into the town to signal the innkeepers to quit serving the troops. The process was known as “Do Den Tap Toe” (doe den tap toe). Hence the English word “Tattoo”.
In KwaZulu-Natal, the Military Tattoo is gaining popularity as a sought after family favourite outing, conveniently held in Durban during the July school holidays. Not only does this colourful event draw locals, but it has become a hit with out-of-town visitors and tourists vacationing in sunny Durban.
The tattoo is peppered with highlights, many of which are set firmly in the heart and minds of visitors. Amongst these are the Lone Piper piping under the spotlight from an Eyerie and the moving rendition of the 1812 Overture by the Massed Bands with the G1 Guns accentuating the beats in the music. Awe-inspiring moments filled with a myriad of emotions felt by every person in the crowd.
The KZN Military Tattoo is based on the models of other famous Military Tattoos across the world, not forgetting the Durban Tattoo which was originally hosted in Durban between 1979 to 1994. In its attempts to provide the very best of military entertainment, the South African National Defence Force has brought together the very best military reenactments from all over South Africa and interlaced them with phenomenal military bands and award winning Pipes and Drums, resulting in the best family entertainment available in KZN. Providing the cherry on the top of an already exciting and full programme, are a number of outstanding civilian performances, including the colourfully spectacular drum majorettes who have thrilled audiences in the past.
This spectacular display of military culture will take place from the 9 to 11 of July at Natal Mounted Rifles headquarters, situated on the corner of Masabalala Yengwa Avenue (formerly NMR Avenue) and Isaiah Ntshangase Road (formerly Walter Gilbert Avenue), where Durban’s iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium provides a stunning backdrop to the left of the venue. To facilitate easy location of the venue, please use the following Global Positioning System Co-Ordinates -29.4943.97 and 31.159.96.
Sufficient secure parking is available at the Moses Mabhida Stadium Mustering Fields.
The gates will open at 16h00, giving visitors plenty time to sample some of the superb foods on offer in the food court on site prior to the start of the show at 19h00 promptly.
Pack your blankets, cushions and a camera (only stills allowed) to capture some fun selfies and colourful memories of an event you will be able to share for years to come with friends and family far and near.