The Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival presented by Vans will be held from 1-11 March 2022, and will comprise a diverse lineup of ocean-minded events, including film screenings, talks, art exhibitions, a charity auction, a lecture, community upliftment days, ocean expo, live music, a photographic competition and a public mural.
“We are excited to announce that we have moved from December 2021 to March 2022. Our reasons are to mitigate against the continued threat posed by Covid-19, to grow festival attendance during a less busy time of the year, and of course the weather in Cape Town is generally kinder to us late in the summer!”
– Festival Director Shani Judes
The Film Festival component includes five days of film screenings at four venues – the Shred in Paarden Eiland, the Labia Theatre in town, the Galileo at Kirstenbosch and one in Kommetjie.
The Board Meeting takes place at Jack Black’s Taproom, and will feature an exhibition by leading sustainable ocean eco-brands and conservation organisations, a surfboard swop and children’s activities, topped off by a DJ and band.
Wavescape has teamed up with Orms, Canon and SJ Artists to curate the Ocean Photographic Exhibition, which features the best ocean photographs in South Africa. The competition opens for submissions in early December and runs until 15 January 2022. Judges will choose 20 images for an exhibition along the Sea Point Promenade from 1 March. There will be a NSRI panel with information and donation information for people to easily donate to the NSRI.
Wavescape again hosts Oceans Alive at the Two Oceans Aquarium, an evening of surfing, activism and conservation. This year, we join Cape Town-based NPO Protect the West Coast to shed light on the effects of illegal heavy mineral sand mining along this pristine wilderness to the North.
With the support of the Wesgro Film and Promotion Unit, the Blue Ocean Masterclass focuses on film techniques in and on the ocean, and includes top cinematographers and underwater camera experts sharing thoughts and expertise on the technology and skill of this burgeoning area.
Vans takes the title, with the following partners: the Save Our Seas Foundation, The PET Recycling Company NPC (PETCO), Jack Black Beer, Wesgro, Cefas (UK Government), WILDOCEANS & Gone. Born from a love for the ocean, Wavescape is proud of the work done by its amazing partners who work so tirelessly to protect the world’s oceans and their creatures.