The V&A Waterfront has launched its annual Ocean Life
Festival, a new endeavour which focuses on fostering an
appreciation and understanding of South Africa's ocean
In association with the Consulate General
of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the festival will see
a curated programme of events and activations spread
across the property between Monday, 27 November, and
Friday, 8 December.
According to the festival organisers, the intention
behind each of the festival¡¦s events will be to engage
and delight visitors¡¦ interest in ocean life, ocean
sustainability and the potential of maritime assets such
as South Africa¡¦s vast oceans.
¡§The V&A Waterfront¡¦s Ocean Life Festival will be held
on the property every year as one of the ways in which
we are looking to celebrate all that is related to the
ocean,¡¨ says David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront.
¡§Volvo Ocean Race itself has been a catalyst for the
evolution of the thinking around the potential of what
the oceans economy can look like for the Western Cape,
and South Africa. Supporting and developing South
Africa¡¦s oceans economy is a significant focus area for
the V&A Waterfront, and the annual Oceans Life Festival
will be but one of the ways we look to do this.¡¨
With intentions of delivering a strong sustainability
message, this year, the festival mainly focuses on the
harm that plastics and other foreign materials do to the
world¡¦s maritime assets.
The educational programmes that form part of the
festival also highlight the deteriorating state of the
world¡¦s oceans and explore innovative solutions to
protect the future of our waters.
Partnered with the V&A Waterfront to create the festival
is the Dutch Consulate, which has taken a keen interest
in working with South African entities to create
sustainable solutions to ocean pollution.
¡§We are honoured to have partnered with the V&A
Waterfront¡¦s Ocean Life Festival. Through #cocreateSA,
the Dutch Consulate General aims to co-create
sustainable solutions. The #cocreateDESIGN activation
promotes collaboration between designers from the
Netherlands and South Africa.
"Together, they will creatively engage on solutions to
the rapidly growing and critical problem of plastic
polluting the ocean. I believe that by working together,
we will create awareness, change behaviour and leave
behind a lasting legacy,¡¨ says Bonnie Horbach,
Netherlands Consul General.
¡§As custodians of one of the most recognised waterfronts
in the world, the V&A Waterfront, we are keenly aware of
our responsibility to protect this natural resource, and
we¡¦d like to encourage Capetonians to come to the
Festival and to enjoy themselves,¡¨ concludes Green.