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Wavescape - Surfing in South Africa

Thu, 16 November 2017

The Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival will focus on women in an expanded lineup of the usual ocean-conscious and surfing-themed events in the summer of 2017 in Cape Town.


LIGHT WAVES: Saskia Koerner holds her photographic exhibition of South African women loggers.

Wavescape-2017-PosterWavescape will showcase the talents of scientists, artists, photographers and activists who add a female voice to a growing chorus by some South Africa’s most talented creative and scientific minds who use the ocean as their muse to advocate change.

Wavescape premieres the all-women surf film Blue Road, as well as Light Waves, a photographic exhibition of women in surfing by renowned photographer Saskia Koerner.

A strong female presence can be found in the bumper lineup of core favourites: Artboard Project, Clifton Beach Screening, Slide Night, Film Festival and Blue Ocean Master Class, while the iconic poster depicts a twist of the mermaid motif with a woman surfer morphing into a tentacled sea monster below the surface.

Human Race, we're watching you! (They are saying in the deep, except in very sybillantly alien sounds far beyond the scope of our synaptic capability).

Several exciting new events have been added to the programme. Wavescape has partnered with the V&A Waterfront’s Ocean Life Festival to screen some of the best current ocean conservation films. The Ocean Film Festival curated by Wavescape will screen the films Smog of the Sea, Blue, Chasing Coral and A Plastic Ocean at Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau between 29 November and 1 December.


Wavescape also hosts a film night at Rolling Wood Surf & Skate Store, a Beach Coop Beach Cleanup, Jack Black Movie night, Mami Wata’s Night of African Adventure, and the Beach Reach educational day for children hosted by the Save our Seas Foundation.

Taking place in Cape Town from 20 November to 10 December 2017, Wavescape was born of a love for surfing. Now in its 14th year, the festival began as a way to capture the stoke and exhilaration of surfing through stories of exotic destinations and secret waves but has morphed beyond surf culture to the fight for a greener earth and bluer oceans.


FESTIVAL FLAGSHIP: The evening on Clifton 4th Beach is always a winner. Photo Supplied

Festival Director Shani Judes said: “Each year our festival showcases amazing people, their acts of kindness, talents and genuine love for the ocean. This year we are particularly chuffed to have so many more women taking centre stage and dominating our line-up. Pollution and global warming affects us all and we are all able to help effect that change."

Supporting partners are Marine Stewardship Council, Jack Black Beer, Wesgro Film and Media Promotion, Save Our Seas Foundation, Petco, Long Beach Capital, Mami Wata, Deus ex Machina, Channel 24 and Wavescape.co.za

EXHIBITION: Some of the photos on display at Light Waves. Photos Saskia Koerner


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20-28 Nov: Art Board Exhibition, Jack Black Beer Brewery
28 Nov: Auction with Rob Van Vuuren, Jack Black Beer Brewery, 7.30pm
22 Nov: Film Night, Rolling Wood Surf & Skate Store, Muizenberg, 6pm
30 Nov: Light Waves Exhibition, Red Bull Studio, Bree Street, 6pm
29 Nov-1 Dec: Ocean Film Festival, Cinema Nouveau, V&A Waterfront, 8pm
2 Dec: Beach Co-Op Milnerton Beach Cleanup, art & surf demo, 8am
2 Dec: Clifton Screening, Clifton 4th Beach, 8pm
4 Dec: Slide Night, Centre for the Book, 7:30pm
5 Dec: Jack Black Movie Night, 10 Brigid Road, Diepriver, 8pm
5 Dec: Mami Wata Night of African Adventure, Keep it Simple Surf shop, CT, 6.30pm
6 Dec: Wesgro Blue Ocean Master Class, InvestSA One Stop Shop W Cape, CT, 6pm
7-10 Dec: Film Festival, Labia Cinema, 6pm and 8pm shows
TBC: Beach Reach Youth Education Session by Save Our Seas Foundation


Bernie Shelley - Live Narration, Ghost Ship
Faine Pearl Loubser - Sea Change Project
John McCarthy - Untold Surf Yarns
Dougal Paterson - The Surfing Filmmaker
Andrea Angel - Saving Seabirds from bycatch
Ceinwen Smith - Beach COOP project
Saskia Koerner - Light Waves Photographer
Ian Thurtell - Water Camera Technology
Robin de Kock - SA Surfing & the Future
Mike Schlebach - Dungeon Keepers


Kirsten Sims
Liza Grobler
Brett Murray
Jenna Barbe
Marti Lund & Chris Auret
Beezy Bailey
Alexis Aronson
Jake Aikman
Lionel Smit
Andrzej Urbanski

Get Tickets

Book tickets here: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/37050-wavescape-festival-2017/#/

Facebook events here

Auction: https://www.facebook.com/events/155467161856483/
Clifton: https://www.facebook.com/events/259111064615736/
Slide Night: https://www.facebook.com/events/179162815972005/

pdfDownload a printable flyer here to stick on your fridge!

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