<div class="ExternalClass791B80552618469AA5CB243B6142F12C"><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670" style="text-align:center;"><strong>V&A Waterfront announces annual Ocean Life Festival</strong></p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670" style="text-align:center;"><strong style="font-size:12px;">Festival to celebrate all that is related to our oceans</strong></p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"> </p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670">With the Volvo Ocean Race set to arrive in Cape Town in the coming weeks, the V&A Waterfront today announced a new endeavour focused on fostering an appreciation and understanding of South Africa's ocean assets: the V&A Waterfront's Ocean Life Festival, in association with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.</p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"> </p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670">Intended to become an annual event, the V&A Waterfront's Ocean Life Festival will see a carefully curated programme of events and activations spread across the property between Monday, 27 November and Friday, 8 December. The intention behind each of the Festival's events will be to engage and delight visitors' interest in ocean life, ocean sustainability, and the potential of maritime assets such as South Africa's vast oceans.</p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"> </p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670">"The V&A Waterfront's Ocean Life Festival will be held on the property every year as one of the ways in which we are looking to celebrate all that is related to the ocean" said David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront.</p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"> </p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670">"Volvo Ocean Race itself has been a catalyst for the evolution of the thinking around the potential of what the oceans economy can look like for the Western Cape, and South Africa. Supporting and developing South Africa's oceans economy is a significant focus area for the V&A Waterfront, and the annual Oceans Life Festival will be but one of the ways we look to do this."</p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"> </p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670">This year, the Festival will have a strong sustainability message, with many activities focusing on the harm that plastics and other foreign materials do to the world's maritime assets. The educational programmes that form part of the Festival will highlight the deteriorating state of the world's oceans, and explore innovative solutions to protect the future of our waters.</p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"> </p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670">The Volvo Ocean race itself is the Everest of Sailing. It is the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world and sailing's toughest team challenge, providing the ultimate test of a team and a human adventure like no other. Returning to the port of Cape Town since 2014, it will give visitors access to the sailing crews and their magnificent sailing machines…the Formula One machines of ocean racing, as well as exposing the public to the powerful legacy of ocean racing. </p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"> </p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670">Partnered with the V&A Waterfront to create the Festival is the Dutch Consulate, which has taken a keen interest in working with South African entities to create sustainable solutions to ocean pollution. As one of the world's great maritime nations with a long legacy of crossing the world's oceans, the Netherlands has significant experience and knowledge in oceanography, providing a tangible opportunity for South Africans to learn through this partnership.</p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"> </p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670">"We are very honored to have partnered with the V&A Waterfront's Ocean Life Festival. Through #cocreateSA, the Dutch Consulate General aims to co-create sustainable solutions. The #cocreateDESIGN activation promotes collaboration between designers from the Netherlands and South Africa. Together, they will creatively engage on solutions to the rapidly growing and critical problem of plastic polluting the ocean. I believe that by working together we will create awareness, change behavior and leave behind a lasting legacy," said Bonnie Horbach, Netherlands Consul General.</p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"> </p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670">"As custodians of one of the most recognised waterfronts in the world, the V&A Waterfront, we are keenly aware of our responsibility to protect this natural resource, and we'd like to encourage Capetonians to come to the Festival and to enjoy themselves" concluded Green. </p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"> </p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670">A full programme of the inaugural V&A Waterfront's Ocean Life Festival follows.​</p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"> </p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"><strong>Innovation Station: Ocean Plastics</strong></p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"> </p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"><strong>Date:</strong>          Tuesday, 28 November to Sunday, 3 December</p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"><strong>Time:</strong>         10h00 to 18h00</p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"><strong>Venue:</strong>       Centre Court, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre</p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"><strong>Cost:</strong>          Free</p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"><strong>Contact:</strong>    V&A Info Centre on <a href="mailto:info@waterfront.co.za">info@waterfront.co.za</a> or 021 408 7600</p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"> </p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670">Bring young and old alike down to the Victoria Wharf Centre Court between Tuesday, 28 November and Sunday, 3 December for some creative fun turning recyclable plastics into new keep-sakes!</p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"> </p><p class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670">An educational activation designed to increase awareness about the hazards of excessive plastic pollution, Ocean Plastics will run daily from 10am to 6pm in this timeframe, with no cost to participate. Each participant will be exposed to three elements:</p><div class="ExternalClass5B5C0E23542F48DA92F2557D8EAEB670"><p><em>Information:</em> infographics highlighting the damage caused by plastic and benefits of recycling,</p><p><em>Demonstration: </em>of the recycling process using plastic waste collected from Cape Town beaches to produce beautiful objects, and</p><p><em>Participation:</em> a craft area where participants can explore and create products with ocean waste plastic.<br><br> <br><br><strong>TEDxCapeTown Salon | Oceans</strong><br><br> <br><br><strong>Date:</strong>          Wednesday, 6 to Friday, 8 December<br><br><strong>Time:</strong>         18h30 to 19h30<br><br><strong>Venue:</strong>       Volvo Ocean Race Village, VOR Dome, Jetty 2, V&A Waterfront<br><br><strong>Tickets:</strong>     Available through Quicket:<br><br>Ticket for one day:              R80<br><br>Ticket for two days:            R120<br><br>Ticket for all three days:      R140<br><br><strong>Contact:</strong>    V&A Info Centre on <a href="mailto:info@waterfront.co.za">info@waterfront.co.za</a> or 021 408 7600<br><br> <br><br>In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx brings you TEDxCapeTown Salon, where TEDTalk videos and live speakers will combine to spark meaningful discussion around the challenges posed by ocean pollution. Kicking off at 6.30pm at the VOR Dome on Jetty 2 each day, TEDxCapeTown Salon will run from Wednesday, 6 to Friday, 8 December, with tickets available via Quicket at a cost of between R80 and R140 per person.<br><br> <br><br> <br><br><strong>Alex in Waterland, a V&A Waterfront's Ocean Life Festival Theatre Show</strong><br><br><br><strong>Date:</strong>          Saturday, 2 to Sunday, 3 December<br><br><strong>Time:</strong>         12h00, 14h00 and 16h00 (each performance is 45 minutes)<br><br><strong>Venue:</strong>       V&A Amphitheatre<br><br><strong>Cost:</strong>          Free<br><br><strong>Contact:</strong>    V&A Info Centre on <a href="mailto:info@waterfront.co.za">info@waterfront.co.za</a> or 021 408 7600<br><br> <br>Alex's dream is to be the greatest hero that ever lived. His mission is to save the planet from the forces of pollution! To do this, Alex must travel deep into the ocean to help animals defeat the bad guys…but he can't do this without a little help from his friends.<br><br><br>Join us on Saturday, 2 and Sunday, 3 December at the V&A Amphitheatre to see Alex tackle the evils of pollution, in a production created by the V&A Waterfront Theatre School. With three free shows a day at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm, children can learn more about the dangers that pollution poses to our oceans around the world.<br><br><br><br><strong>The V&A Ocean Life Festival Beach Cleanup in Association with the Two Oceans Aquarium</strong><br><br> <br><strong>Date:</strong>          Saturday, 2 December<br><br><strong>Time:</strong>         10h00 to 12h00<br><br><strong>Venue:</strong>       Sea Point Beach <br><br><strong>Cost:</strong>          Free<br><br><strong>Contact:</strong>    V&A Info Centre on <a href="mailto:info@waterfront.co.za">info@waterfront.co.za</a> or 021 408 7600<br><br> <br>Put on your takkies and head down to the Sea Point Beach on Saturday, 2 December to partake in the first V&A Ocean Life Festival Beach Cleanup! Organised in association with the Two Oceans Aquarium and open to the public, plastic warriors can meet at the Sea Point Beach at 10am to receive their cleanup bags and do their bit to help clean up our coastline.<br><br> <br>Plastic pollution is one of the biggest problems facing the ocean today, and more than 8 million tons of plastic land up in the ocean every year. In fact, it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish, by weight by 2050!<br><br> <br><br><em>Note: Please bring sunscreen, a hat and water in a reusable water bottle.</em><br><br><em> </em><br><br><strong>Volvo Ocean Race Cape Town – Pro-Am Race</strong><br><br> <br><br><strong>Date:</strong>          Thursday, 7 December<br><br><strong>Time:</strong>         16h45 – 17h25<br><br><strong>Venue:</strong>       Sailors Terrace, Jetty 2, V&A Waterfront<br><br><em> </em><br><br><strong>Volvo Ocean Race Cape Town – In-port Race</strong><br><br> <br><br><strong>Date:</strong>          Friday, 8 December<br><br><strong>Time:</strong>         11h20<br><br><strong>Venue:</strong>       Sailors Terrace, Jetty 2, V&A Waterfront<br><br> <br><br><strong>Volvo Ocean Race Cape Town – Race Restart / Closing Ceremony </strong><br><br> <br><br><strong>Date:</strong>          Sunday, 10 December<br><br><strong>Time:</strong>         11h20<br><br><strong>Venue:</strong>       Sailors Terrace, Jetty 2, V&A Waterfront<br><br><strong>Ocean Life Festival Water Sports Programme  </strong></p><p>During the V&A Waterfront’s Ocean Life Festival, Jetty 1 and 2 will be a hive of activity with a variety of water sports available for visitors to enjoy; whether as a spectator or participant.</p></div><div><br><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.33%;"><strong>Event​</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.33%;"><strong>Dates​</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.33%;"><strong>Times​</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">SUP​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">25-Nov <br>29-Nov <br>30-Nov<br>01-Dec <br>02-Dec ​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">14:00-15:00<br>15:00- 17:00<br>15:00- 17:00<br>14:00- 15:00<br>14:15-15:15​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Flyboarding/ Jetovator ​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">25-Nov <br> 01-Dec <br> 02-Dec ​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><div>15:30-16:15</div><div>15:15- 16:00</div><div>15:30- 16:15​</div></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Dragon Boat Racing​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">25-Nov <br>29-Nov​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><div>10:00- 11:00</div><div>18:00- 19:00​</div></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Extreme Water Polo​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">03-Dec​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">11:15-16:00<br>       ​</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Canoe Polo​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">26-Nov <br>28-Nov<br>30-Nov ​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><div>10:00- 15:00</div><div>17:30- 19:00</div><div>17:30- 19:00​</div></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Royal Cape Yacht Club Academy L26s​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">26-Nov <br>02-Dec <br>03-Dec ​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><div>13:15- 16:15</div><div>16:15- 18:00</div><div>16:00- 18:00​</div></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cape 31 Regatta Confirmed​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">29-Nov <br>02-Dec <br>03-Dec ​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><div>17:00-19:00</div><div>12:00-14:00</div><div>12:00-14:00​</div></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">NSRI Demos​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">25-Nov <br>26-Nov<br>02-Dec <br>03-Dec​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><div>12:00- 14:00</div><div>12:00- 13:00</div><div>12:15-13:15</div><div>11:00- 12:00​</div></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Open Water Swim​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">04-Dec​​</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><div>TBC​</div></td></tr></tbody></table><br><em> </em><br><br><strong>ENDS</strong></div></div><img alt="" src="/sites/waterfrontcontent/News%20Images/website-event-calendar.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />2017-11-08T22:00:00Z2017-12-15T22:00:00Z



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