It’s Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival time again and this year they’re back with an even bigger lineup of events that aim to promote a a higher level of ocean-consciousness.
The highlight of the festival for me is normally the free outdoor movie screening on Clifton Beach (which this year will be held on 1 December), but there are lots of other options to suit a wide variety of ocean related interests.
Other standout events include “Slide night” which features 8 talks by experts connected to the ocean (think people like marine biologists, conservation influencers, artists, surfers, divers, fishers, authors, filmmakers and the like), the Wesgro Blue film making master class (great for budding filmmakers) and the Art Board auction hosted by Nik Rabinowitz and featuring surfboards created by top SA artists, including Lionel Smit & Brett Murray.
Here’s a look at the full 2018 lineup:
- 19-28 November: Wavescape Art Board Exhibition at Jack Black Brewery
- 24 November: Satori Film Premiere at the Jack Black Brewery
- 28 November: ArtBoard Auction with Nik Rabinowitz at Jack Black Brewery
- 30 November: The Sexy Ugly Beautifuls book launch at Rolling Wood, with John McCarthy
- 1 December: Clifton 4th Beach Outdoor Screening
- 3 December: Slide Night at Centre for the Book
- 5 December: Wesgro Blue Ocean Master Class
- 6-9 December: Wavescape Film Festival at the Labia Theatre
- 1 or 2 December: Beach Clean Up hosted by BEACH Co-op
- 1-2 Dec and 8-9 December: Swim Free Confidence courses by John McCarthy
For more information on each of these events, visit www.wavescapefestival.com. While some of the events are free, others do have a cost & require you to pre-book. All proceeds from the festival are donated to very worthy beneficiaries which include the NSRI, Waves for Change, Shark Spotters, the 9 Miles Project, Ocean Pledge, Beach Co-op and South African Adaptive Surfing.
Last year’s art auction alone raised R772 000, where the highest priced board (created by Kirsten Sims) sold for a whopping R130 000. But of course, protecting and preserving our beautiful ocean is a full-time job that requires a lot of ongoing funds, so with that in mind, this is me asking you to support as many of this year’s events as you can.