1 Sep 2023 CELEBRATE SPRING IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD This week we’re taking inspiration from the outdoors and doing a quick round-up of things to do in our neighbourhood to celebrate the month of renewal. Pick a bunch from Mamma’s flowers It wouldn’t be spring without the beauty of flowers, luckily for us, we get to witness this daily. Taking a quick stroll from the basement parking at our Vic Wharf Shopping Centre just below Clicks, you’re welcomed by the most beautiful arrangements from Mammas Flowers, a tenant of the V&A for the last 30 years. The shop is a fourth-generation family business. We caught up with one of the daughters, Amina Naidoo and asked her a few questions to get to know more about the business. What is your favourite part of your job? My great-grandmother has been here since the V&A Waterfront opened but my mom then took over the business about 10 – 12 years ago. My favourite part of the job is when clients come and want me to arrange flowers for them. Each client is unique, they want something different and it’s always a nice experience when I get to bring their vision to life because one person won’t go for the same thing as the next person, one client will mix different scents and the other will want their flowers in different colours so it’s always lovely to bring what they had in mind, to life and seeing the smile on their faces when they get to see what I have arranged brings me so much joy. What flower best represents spring? Freesias or Ranunculus If I need to apologise to a loved one, what flower should I buy them? It really depends on the loved one or which family member you’re buying for, for example, your wife, I’d say roses, everywhere in the world roses represent love and romance and for your mom or aunt I’d say lilies they have a long life span and when they open up they also smell very nice and then for a friend, I would recommend our mixed bunches of flowers because they will find something in that bunch that they like or find interesting. Cape Town Helicopters launches new facilities ahead of new season Cape Town Helicopters, a tenant at our Helistop in East Pier, launched their newly decked-out hanger last night. V&A CEO, David Green, Cape Town Mayor, Geordin-Lewis Hill and other esteemed guests were invited to enjoy the new space as well as the operator’s Airbus fleet of helicopters. The evening included a showcase of a range of new products tailored to the upcoming season, promising unparalleled adventure and exploration, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the venue marked the introduction of a range of new products tailored to the upcoming season, promising unparalleled adventure and exploration. From a Helicopter Wine Safari tour or Gin on the mountain to a quick flight to Robben Island, visitors are spoiled for choice on the types of experiences they can enjoy. Visit Cape Town Helicopter’s website to find out more. Marine Wildlife Walk: Meet our wild neighbours We are so lucky to share our neighbourhood with a wide range of different animals– from otters and sunfish to seals, birds, and jellyfish. Some of these animals are regular visitors while others only visit the Waterfront at certain times of the year. We have created the Marine Wildlife Walk with eight lookout points across the neighbourhood. These points are where you may get to see some of these animals as they go about their lives, feeding, breeding, resting or playing. Look around you – in the air, in the water, and on the ground – our wild neighbours are everywhere. Be sure to visit all seven lookout points around the Waterfront to spot interesting animals. Share your sightings with your family and friends. Click here for the full list of lookout points and to learn more about our wild neighbours. IN OTHER NEWS: Bidding farewell to Zeitz MOCAA’s When We See Us exhibition. Landmark exhibition 𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙒𝙚 𝙎𝙚𝙚 𝙐𝙨: 𝘼 𝘾𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝘽𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙁𝙞𝙜𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙞𝙣 𝙋𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 at Zeitz MOCAA, is coming to a close this Sunday, 3 September 2023. The exhibition features almost 200 works of art from 74 institutional and private lenders located in 26 countries. 𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙒𝙚 𝙎𝙚𝙚 𝙐𝙨 celebrates the resilience, essence, and political charge of Black joy. The exhibition is organised around six themes: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘥𝘢𝘺, 𝘑𝘰𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘙𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘳𝘺, 𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦, 𝘚𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘚𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺, and 𝘛𝘳𝘪𝘶𝘮𝘱𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘌𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. Make sure to pop by this weekend to see it before it begins its international travel. The exhibition, discursive programming and accompanying publication was made possible through the generous support of GUCCI. Don’t miss the Artist Alliance Conversations on Creativity event series Join other cultural practitioners and creatives tomorrow at our Dock Road iStore branch for the Artist Alliance Conversation on Creativity event series in collaboration with Creative Nestlings, where you can meet, connect, and engage with the creative community. On the panel will be Vincent Zondo, a 38-year-old Chief Growth Officer at DNA Brand Architect, Nadia Darries, SAFTA-winning director, animator and co-founder of Goon Valley Animation and Neo Soul vocalist and recording artist, Hunter Rose. Click here to find out more. What’s on in the neighbourhood Isibane Se Afrika Performance Date: Friday, 1 September Time: 17h00 – 19h00 Location: Amphitheatre Stage Get ready to groove at the Sawubona Album Launch! Join Isibane Se Afrika for a music-filled extravaganza, celebrating their new album, with live performances and guest artist Bravo Le Roux. High School DJ Search Date: Saturday, 2 September Time: 09h00 – 16h00 Location: Amphitheatre Stage Calling all high school music enthusiasts! The ultimate DJ search is back – win R15000 in cash and prizes, and become Cape Town’s reigning High School DJ of 2023. Click here for more details on all our events.