This year, the V&A Waterfront’s festive decoration installations are built on its core principles of sustainability, supporting local design and making a positive economic impact. Themed: Joy from Africa to the World, over 130 local designers, crafters, makers and artisans have used recycled and upcycled materials to transform the V&A Waterfront into a wonderland that tells an African festive story of peace and kindness.

The display showcases local talent while demonstrating just what’s possible with ‘waste’. Alongside the installations, there’ll be myriad free activities throughout the holidays, bringing #JoyAtVandA to merrymakers, young and old.

Tinyiko Mageza, Executive Manager of Marketing at the V&A, says she hopes people feel a sense of pride and awe, “From installations made of beautiful weaved baskets to recycled metal welded into golden birds of peace and second-hand baubles papier-mâchéd using paper from our Waste Recovery Plant, I hope we have captured and brought to life a festive showcase that is both magical and meaningful. The aim is to put African creativity and craftsmanship in the spotlight and to tell a positive, authentic narrative about the people of this continent while demonstrating the amazing things you can do with recycled material.”

As a vibrant, inclusive neighbourhood in the City of Cape Town, the V&A wants to create and curate a space that looks after the interests of the people who live and visit there, and the environment. Here’s what you can expect in your friendly V&A hood this festive. Immerse yourself in the magic, and make sure these fixtures are firmly diarised. They’re all free!



Sat, 25 Jan list GRID

New Years Celebration at the Arena

Venue: Clock Tower
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Jazzathon 2020

A highly anticipated, landmark annual event that features fabulous jazz artists bringing their best to the V&A Waterfront. Fondly known as the People’s Festival, this landmark event is the longest running South African jazz showcase in South Africa and will once again feature four days of live music performances by some of the youngest and […]

Venue: Amphitheatre
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Silo Concerts: This Thing Called Swing

Jump, jive, jitterbug, swing and hop till you drop at this festive celebration of all things Swing, with Big Band Music to boot. The 20-piece The Swinging All Stars Big Band will bring those 30s and 40s beats no feet will be able to resist. Bring your dancing shoes!

Venue: Silo District
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Meet Mother Earth & The Guardian of Joy at the Summer Palace

Kids can explore a magical Summer Palace where they will be welcomed by Mother Earth and the Guardian of Joy – keeper of peace and kindness. The palace is also home to enchanting beaded creatures. They have come from far and wide to visit for the holidays and they can’t wait to meet you!

Venue: Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre
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V&A Waterfront Kids Christmas Show

Meet Zoemba the rhino and Jellie, his ellie sidekick as they get up to all sorts of mischief that’ll have little ones singing and playing fun festive games! Santa Clause also pays Zoemba and Jelly a visit to spread joy and take pictures with the little ones. Zoemba and Jellie originally comes from Johannesburg and […]

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Aspiring Magicians’ Workshop

For the budding magic fan – get up-close, expert training to learn and make your own magic to amaze your friends and family. This hands-on workshop will take you behind the scenes and let you in on a few of the tricks of the trade!! This is a unique workshop is being offered by the […]

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Imagine! – College of Magic

This must-see magical show is packed full of “wow” moments, colour, energy, juggling, comedy and a whole lot of incredible fun for the whole family! Come and be amazed as a diverse group of young performers from the College of Magic, Cape Town’s only magical arts organisation, show off their talents and exceptional skills to […]

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New Year’s Eve: 2020 Will be Luminous!

As the sun sets on the 31 December, the V&A will come to life as trees and building are lit in a colourful array of light. Our restaurants are filling up fast, so don’t delay and reserve a seat in one of our many restaurants each with their own entertainment to ring in the new […]

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WOOF Project

WOOF Project is a dynamic ‘pop – up’ mobile dog adoption initiative that offers an unrivalled dog adoption experience. WOOF Project invites the public to come an adopt a best friend for life.

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