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November 05, 2009

V&A Waterfront to host exciting Aqua Festival

The V&A Waterfront will be the spectacular setting of a brand new music and entertainment festival running for three weeks at the height of Cape Town’s vibey summer season.

The Aqua Festival, which will run from December 15 to January 6, 2010, promises to delight locals and visitors to the Mother City.

With a billing of non-stop entertainment, from live contemporary opera to ballet, jazz, rock, pop and tribute shows, as well as a daily circus, the shows offer something for all tastes – and it all takes place on a floating aquatic stage.

The festival is the brainchild of the creative team at leading comedy company Hunta Live. The team has put together an impressive list of performers, including the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Town City Ballet. Other hot-ticket names are SA’s hugely popular international musicians Freshlyground, Johnny Clegg, the Parlotones and the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Jazz fans will be able to enjoy our very own jazz greats, Judith Sephuma, Robbie Jansen and Gavin Minter, in addition to numerous international guest performers.

Tribute shows AQUAbba, H2Opera and AQUACircus also promise to be terrific crowd-pleasers, featuring favourites across the musical genres and bridging musical age gaps.

The launch of the Aqua Festival at the V&A Waterfront

Chantelle Kidd, executive manager of strategic marketing at the V&A Waterfront, says the festival will be a “magical escape”, transporting audiences into a world of music, song and dance in the V&A’s world-class setting.

“[The festival] offers something for everyone, from cultural enthusiasts to families. We are looking forward to creating spine-tingling experiences and lasting memories for our patrons throughout the festive season,” Kidd says.

The festival is produced in partnership with Hunta Live and M-Net. It is the first of a number of V&A Waterfront “Signature Events” – “a series of extraordinary experiences that could be held nowhere else other than the V&A Waterfront”, says Kidd – that will be rolled out in the coming months. 

The Aqua Festival stage will go up at the V&A Waterfront’s North Wharf. The AQUACircus will run daily from 14h00-15h00. Evening performances, which will run for about an hour and a half, will start at 20h00, with an extra show on New Year’s Eve starting at 22h30.

Get your tickets from Computicket or visit www.aquafestival.com for more information.

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