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Entertainment line-up at the V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is offering sport, music, arts and culture fans a menu of performances and shows, with its entertainment programme listing something for all ages and interests.
Entertainment line-up at the V&A Waterfront

Highlights include world-class acts from the Parlotones and Ladysmith Black Mambazo who'll dazzle the audience at AquaFestival (15 December - 6 January), the official World Cup Soccer Ball display (1 December - 31 January), the 14th annual Jazzathon (7 - 10 January) and storytelling with Mother Goose (12 - 24 December).

Free performances by some of SA's top musicians - Prime Circle, Flat Stanley and the Rudimentals among others - can also be enjoyed daily at 17:00 concerts in the Amphitheatre.

“The programme appeals to moms and tots, music lovers and sport fanatics,” says Annemie Liebenberg, V&A Waterfront tourism and communications manager, “So, whatever you're looking for this summer, you'll find it at the Mother City's entertainment hub, the V&A Waterfront.”

Programme of activity from 1 December - 31 January:

Sports celebrations

Adidas World Cup Soccer Ball display
Date: 1 December - 31 January
Time: All day
Location: V&A Waterfront entrance (off Coen Steytler Road)
Description: A larger than life showcase of all the official World Cup Soccer Balls from the past nine years are on display at the entrance of the V&A Waterfront.

Stand UP Paddle Challenge (SUP)

Date: 19 December
Time: 7:30 Registration starts
8:30 First race starts
19:00 - 21:00 Award ceremony and short film
Location: Amphitheatre Canal Site, North Wharf and Amphitheatre
Description: SA's leading paddle board manufacturers, Coreban, will celebrate the end of their summer series at the V&A Waterfront by hosting SUP races throughout the V&A Waterfront canals. An award ceremony at the Amphitheatre and short film showing of “Wipe Out” will wrap-up activity of the day.

Sundowner 10km Race

Date: 23 December
Time: 18:30 - 20:15
Location: Outside Mitchell's Scottish Ale House
Description: Come and enjoy a day of family fun as you cheer on the 1,200 10km race participants. Enjoy a cold beer at Mitchells Brewery, the races sponsors, and watch the runners cruise over the finish line or enter yourself and be part of the racing experience.

Fun, Fair and Comedy

V&A Waterfront street entertainers
1 December - 31 January
Time: 10:00 - 21:00
Location: Throughout the V&A Waterfront
Description: Whenever you stroll through the V&A Waterfront you are bound to come across talented musicians, witty mimes, bands and a variety of performers.

Waterfront Fun Fair
12 December - 31 January
Time: 10:00 - 20:00
Location: Market Square
Description: Entertainment for all ages! Enjoy a ride on the carousel, Apple Coaster, Honeypot Bears, Rodeo Trail or Ladybugs. Rides cost R5 each.

FNB Connect
14 - 20 December
Time: 09:00 - 10:00
Location: Market Plaza and Amphitheatre
Description: Come and watch up-and-coming comedian, Thomas Gumede, entertain passersby from inside the “Connect Box.” A nationwide initiative sponsored by FNB, Gumede will spend ten weeks inside a glass box completing a series of tasks, proving that you could live your life cheaper and faster through the internet. For more information or to follow his story visit

HP Touch the Future Campaign
19 December
Time: 11:00 - 17:00
Location: Clock Tower Square
Description: Come and meet 5fm's Grant and Anele as they host the HP Touch the Future campaign: a showcase of the new range of HP laptops. Lots of prizes up for grabs and you can have your picture taken with the two well-known DJ's.

Kids Activities

“Happy ever after” and “Once upon a time” plays
12 - 24 December
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Amphitheatre
Description: Come and see your favourite fairytale characters brought to life as Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and the Seven Dwarfs take to the stage in an entertaining twist on these much loved stories.

Children's story-telling with Mother Goose
12 - 24 December
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Barrow Court (Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre)
Description: While moms and dads do their last-minute Christmas shopping, children are invited to come and enjoy a fun-filled story-telling session with Mother Goose every day at the Barrow Court.

AquaCircus - Zip Zap Circus
16 - 31 December (except 19 and 25 December)
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: North Wharf
Description: Come and be amazed by the best of the Zip Zap Circus at the V&A Waterfront's signature event: AquaFestival. Performing their circus spectaculars at the AquaCircus shows, audiences will be amazed by juggling penguins, highflying dolphins and the odd clown fish

Christmas for Kids

Photos with Santa
17 - 24 December
Time: 11:00 - 18:00
Location: Barrow Court (Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre)
Description: Come and have your photo taken with Santa or pose for festive photos with friends and family. Cost R40.

Open-air Concerts

FNB Connect 17:00 concerts
Come and watch your favourite SA musicians perform at the Amphitheatre daily from 9 December - 31 January. With a line-up for all musical tastes, you're sure to be entertained. The programme includes:

  • Louise Day Band (14 December)
  • Southern Gypsey Queen (15 December)
  • Natalie Chapman (17 December)
  • Peter Hoven (18 December)
  • Flat Stanley (19 December)
  • 7th Son (20 December)
  • Mario Ogle (16 December)
  • Willem Botha (21 December)
  • The Riebeek Kasteel Steel Band (22 December)
  • Virtual Jazz Reality with Ian Smith ( 23 December)
  • Blaqpearl ( 26 December)
  • SouthPaw (27 December)
  • Stealing Love Jones (28 December)
  • Rudimentals (29 December)
  • Yolanda Yawa (30 December)
  • Munro du Toit - Idols Star (1 January)
  • Hot Water (2 January)
  • Shaun Tait winner of Supersterre (3 January)
  • Cherry Vinyl (4 January)
  • Ashton Garner (5 January)
  • James Stewart Band (6 January)
  • Melanie Lowe (7 January)
  • Ike Moriz (8 January)
  • Farryl Purkiss (9 January)
  • Pixie Bennet (10 January)
  • Emile Minnie (16 January)
  • Cole Street (17 January)
  • Caitlin (23 January)
  • StereoCharm (24 January)
  • Captain Stu (30 January)
  • Harry Curtis (31 January)

15 December - 6 January (except 25 December)
Time: 20:00
Location: North Wharf
Description: AquaFestival is a multi-disciplined Arts Festival staging world-class performances by local and international artists on a floating stage in the Victoria and Alfred harbor. Each performance showcases the finest talent available in its genre.

Reconciliation Day with The Gugulethu Tenors
16 December
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Amphitheatre
Description: The Gugulethu Tenors consist of Mpendulo Yawa, Siyabulela Gqola, Xolani November and Loyiso Dlova. These ambitious performers are role models for South Africa's youth and, through their singing, successfully showcase the richness and diversity of South Africa's cultural heritage. The quartet's demo CD ‘O Afrika!' will be on sale at the performance and the three tenors will be available for a signing session afterwards.

Nobel Square fourth anniversary
16 December
Time: 17:00 - 18:00
Location: Nobel Square
Description: Join us in commemorating the fourth anniversary of Noble Square, home to the sculptures of our four Nobel Peace prize winners - Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu, F.W. De Klerk and Albert Luthuli. Come and enjoy an evening of music as we pay tribute to the men who helped shape our country.

7 - 10 January
Time: 12:00 - 21:00
Location: Canal Site at V & A Waterfront entrance
Description: The 14th annual Jazzathon welcomes all its fans to the V&A Waterfront to come and support the annual Jazzathon and enjoy a line-up of some of Cape Town's best jazz artists and emerging jazz talent.

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve Entertainment with SABER and Fireworks
31 December
Time: 20:00 - 02:00
Location: Amphitheatre
Description: There's no doubt that the V&A Waterfront is the place to be for New Year's Eve 2009. Top-notch entertainment will include performances by SABER and Harry Curtis, and a spectacular fireworks display will signal the start of 2010.

Gareth Cliff New Year's Eve Party
31 December
Time: 16:00 - 04:00
Location: Breakwater roof top
Description: Popular 5fm DJ Gareth Cliff gets the party started at the Breakwater roof top. Come and celebrate New Year's Eve in style with trendy guests, a knock-out location and pumping tunes that will welcome 2010! Tickets cost between R360 and R530 and are available from Computicket.

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