Monday, 11 to Thursday, 14 December 2017 | 20h15 to 21h00 | Cost: Free
Add a dash of Christmas magic to your holiday season, with a family-friendly Christmas Vignette at the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre at the V&A Waterfront! Held daily from Monday, 11 to Thursday, 14 December, the 20-minute show will give visitors a wonderful, nostalgic, ‘feel good’ Christmas performance to entertain the whole family!
Join the Elves and other festive characters like Merry Clause, the Candy Cane Dancers, traditional Carollers, and the beautiful Snow Fairy in Victoria Wharf, as they whisk everyone away on a wonderful Christmas journey filled with festive joy and celebration.
Thursday, 14 to Tuesday, 19 December 2017 | 16h00 to 17h00 | Cost: Free
The Zip Zap Circus returns to the V&A Waterfront from Thursday, 14 to Tuesday, 19 December, with a thrilling and whimsical show – the acrobatic artists are sure to keep you spellbound! Performing in the V&A Amphitheatre from 4 to 5pm each day, Zip Zap’s jugglers, trapeze artists and contortionists will leave both young and old enthralled.
Friday, 15 to Wednesday, 20 December | 16h00 to 19h30 | Cost: Free
The Watershed, home of African craft and design, will also be home to elegant festive décor and cheer this season. The market will host a range of musical performances, including theatre schools, trio bands and choirs, which will provide wonderful ambient music during the evenings, from Friday, 15 to Wednesday, 20 December starting at 4pm. An array of food vendors will keep shoppers well-fed during their Christmas shopping.
Thursday, 21 December 2017 | 19h00 to 20h00 | Cost: Free
The first in a series of festive season–themed Take the Stage performances, the Salvation Army Brass Band will perform at the V&A Amphitheatre on Thursday, 21 December. With a vibrant musical tradition, the Salvation Army use their musicians to reach out to fellow young South Africans to address community issues such as drug addiction and poverty. A little-known fact is that many well-known musicians have started their careers as members of the Salvation Army Band, including Hugh Masekela, Professor Mzilikazi Khumalo and the director of the South African Naval Band, Commander Kenny Liebbrandt!
Friday, 22 December 2017 | 19h00 to 20h00 | Cost: Free
Taking the stage on Friday, 22 December is Donveno Prins, who will perform as part of his Donveno Band for Waterfront visitors. A born-and-bred Elsies River performer, Donveno started his musical journey at the tender age of 15, performing with local jazz and gospel bands in and around Cape Town. He has since gone on to perform with renowned local artists such as Lloyd Cele, Loyiso Bala, Jimmy Dludlu, Victor Masondo, Tony Schilder, Judith Sephuma, Ernie Smith, Wanda Baloy, Alistair Izobel and PJ Powers at the World AIDS Day Concert, Emo Adams, Loukmaan Adams, Hemelbesem. He is currently the resident saxophonist in Jonathan Butler’s South African Band.
Saturday, 23 December 2017 | 16h45 to 17h45 | Cost: Free
Popular jazz musician Cameron Ward will perform at the Amphitheatre on Saturday, 23 December, from 4.45 to 5.45pm, for festive season shoppers making a last-minute Christmas present dash!
Tuesday, 26 December 2017 | 19h00 to 20h00 | Cost: Free
The V&A Waterfront Summer Sessions, presented by the new smart car, are back to liven up the summer! Taking place at the V&A Amphitheatre between 7 and 8pm on select evenings, this much-loved musical event offers acoustic performances by well-known names against views of Table Mountain and the city – making this the perfect way to spend a summer’s evening.
Performing on Tuesday, 26 December is the legendary Prime Circle, often regarded as South African rock royalty. The band has won countless awards, having released six studio albums that have gone multi-platinum, and can boast many chart-topping singles and sold-out tours over the years.
In 2016, Prime Circle released a deluxe edition of their acclaimed 2014 album Let the Night In, to coincide with a European tour that included festival appearances alongside Iron Maiden, Garbage, Slayer and Iggy Pop. The band has received numerous accolades including a Johannesburg Choice Award, FHM Award, MK Award for International Break Through Act, two South African Music Awards, and the Short & Sweet Music Video Award for Best Rock Video for Doors, as well as many nominations for SAMAs, MTV Africa Music Awards and African Music Awards.