The second Muizenberg Festival kicks off this week in the quirky and slightly alternative seaside neighbourhood best known as one of Cape Town’s favourite surfing spots.
This community-created celebration runs from Tuesday the 6th of October until Sunday 11 October – culminating in a festive and colourful parade through the streets of Muizenberg village, and ending with a music concert in the park. Festival co-ordinator, Fergus Turner, says that this year over 50 events will be unfolding at the collaborative celebration, inviting people to come and enjoy the space.
Vibrant musical, theatrical and dance performances will be bursting to life this week, along with interactive workshops for children and adults. The Jungle Theatre Company has been one of the driving forces behind making the festival happen, with their co-designed projects resulting in many of the productions on show this week.
Every day the streets will come alive with public dance, drama and music performances as part of Project Ripple. Daily township tours will visit the Vrygrond Community with Joyous Khanya. There will be plenty for kids to do: ranging from land and water-based activities and environmental games, to creative and expressive workshops. For example there is a carnival parade workshop, where children can make headdresses and then join the big parade on Sunday afternoon.
Other highlights include historical walks around Muizenberg, a Snakes of The Cape demonstration, Malay curry nights, and boat trips and guided walks in the Zandvlei Nature Reserve. Music lovers can join a live street jam session and listen to the Nomadic Orchestra among others. On Saturday there is the dog show (literally) and a swing dancing session and on Sunday a pug race adds to the list of fun events.
On Friday the weekly food market will be in full swing at the Blue Bird Garage, and over the weekend, as well as the usual tasty food, the venue will host an art exhibition, with market and design stalls. Throughout the festival an array of locally produced arts and crafts will be on show. On Saturday and Sunday you can join the open-house artists walk which meanders between local studios, artists’ homes and businesses. Then for the grand finale on Sunday: the lively parade with a magical snoek dragon at the helm, all themed on the Four Elements – fire, water, earth and air.
The spirit of this community celebration
The festival aims to nurture an inclusive Muizenberg, inviting the full spectrum of local residents to come together and participate in celebrating this unique little place along the coast of False Bay. This place-based extravaganza provides an open-source platform, an experimental space, for showcasing the shared and individual achievements, passions and aspirations of the Muizenberg community.
The invitation to join these festivities on the scenic Southern Peninsula is an open one, and many of the events are either free or donation-based. The festival program is available online and booking is advised, so visit the website to see the collective vision of Muizenberg in action.
For more activities on the False Bay side of Cape Town, read: Hermanus & the not so False Bay