Calling all conservationists, surfers, filmmakers and everyone else who loves the sea - Wavescape and Ocean Festival is back and you get the front row seat to all the fun.
The Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival is an initiative that aims to advocate change within South African communities. The festival is hosting an extended lineup of 15 events – this will include 10 days of film screenings and the exhibition of 11 surfboards for the Artboard Project in venues across Cape Town. Following the success of the event, 2019 has been dedicated to placing extra emphasis on conservation awareness and ocean activism.
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As part of their awareness raising campaign, they released some quick, easy ways you can help save our oceans from the dire impact human industry has had on these blue havens.
“Instead of just releasing info about the festival this year, we wanted to add value to people’s lives with some practical tips on how we can help save our oceans,” said Shani Judes, festival director.
“We really want to make 2019 a year of conscientising and raising awareness as the stakes get higher. Being able to create the platform for ocean conservation education is a great privilege for us. We value the incredible work being done by the dedicated people we work with, namely Beach Co-op, Ocean Pledge, Sea-Change, Stomp Awards, CLiP, Cefas, Petco and others.”
Watch the video above to see how you can make a difference.
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• Sat 9 Nov – Vans Opening Night (live bands, “The Tony Alva Story” premiere), Jack Black's Tap Room
• Thu 14 Nov – Ocean Pledge Film Night, The Electric, District Six
• Sat 16 Nov – The Beach Co-op Seaside Scavenge, Strandfontein Beach
• Mon 18-27 Nov – Artboard Exhibition, Jack Black's Tap Room
• Wed 20 Nov – Oceans Alive: Evening of surf, ocean and activism, Two Oceans Aquarium
• Thu 21-22 Nov – Deep South Surf Films, Camel Rock, Scarborough
• Sat 23 Nov – Beneath the Surface with The Beach Co-op, Harvest Cafe, Muizenberg
• Wed 27 Nov – Artboard Charity Auction, Jack Black's Tap Room, Diep River
• Sat 30 Nov – Clifton 4th Beach Screening
• Mon 2 Dec – Slide Night, Centre for the Book
• Wed 4 Dec – Changing Oceans Master Class, InvestSA One Stop Shop
• Thu 5-8 Dec – Film Festival, Labia Theatre
• Thu 5 Dec – Vans Night
• Fri 6 Dec – “Plastic China” screening with The Beach Co-op
• Fri 6 Dec – York Night
• Sat 7 Dec – All Africa Night
• Sun 8 Dec – Gone Night
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(Photo: Supplied/Wavescape Festival)
Beach co-op SeaSide Scavenge
We all enjoy a day at the beach during summer, but our oceans and the animals that live in it are facing a crisis. In their plight to create awareness, Wavescape is teaming up with partners to host the beach co-op, taking place on 16 November 2019.
Help clean up the beach and trade the trash for some valuables like books and pre-loved clothing. Learn a bit more about marine pollution at the ocean filmmaker's master class, oceanic panel discussions and themed conservation evenings. Several South African films will be screened, all part of the effort to create community upliftment.
Films to look out for
What is an ocean festival without huge waves?
Wavescape will treat visitors to a screening of the surf movie, White Rhino, featuring gigantic waves in Hawaii, Tahiti, and Fiji. On a more personal note, the tragic story of Andy Irons Kissed by God will hit Cape Town shores. The film talks about the world champion's life, struggle with mental illness and addiction and his death.
If the festival ignited a surfing spark in you, you are in luck. South Africa has some of the best beaches in the world, perfect for an avid surfer and those taking on a new hobby. From Muizenburg Beach here in Cape Town to Dolphin's Beach in Jeffereys Bay.
All proceeds from the event are donated to beneficiaries such as the NSRI, Shark Spotters, the 9 Miles Project, Ocean Pledge, Beach Co-op, South African Adaptive Surfing and Sentinel Ocean Alliance. Last year’s art auction raised over R700 000 - this year Wavescape hopes to raise more money with your help. There is nothing better than having fun for a good cause.
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*Compiled by Thutolore Tsatsane
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