The V&A Waterfront Easter holiday programme is filled with creative, educational activities to keep young ones busy over the next few weeks.
The Waterfront Easter offerings include Incredible Illusions! Created by master artist Kurt Wenner, Incredible Illusions is the largest collection of 3D illusions. It arrived at the V&A Waterfront on Tuesday, 4 April and will be there until Sunday, 23 July. It’s guaranteed to enthral both young and old. The exhibition has a jaw-dropping Grand Gallery of 360° 3D illustrations, with a collection of humorous and adventurous images. This is the exhibition’s first stopover on the African continent.
Incredible Illusions is the antithesis of the traditional exhibition experience… No hallowed halls, soft chamber music, and certainly no photography bans! The travelling exhibition encourages interactivity and even the use of cellphones, to make each visit a customised experience. Visitors can share their visit with the world on social media and let their illusionary experience live a little longer.
Fun from beginning to end, the Incredible Illusions exhibition includes an “art jamming” zone. Children and adults alike can learn the basics of 3D artwork to express themselves creatively. An educational zone tells the brief story of ‘Pavement Art’ and how the mathematical field of geometry plays a pivotal role in compiling a 3D design.
Tickets are available for pre-purchasing at www.incredibleillusions.co.za.
Cradle of Creativity: Jungle Theatre, Butterfly Dreams
The Cradle of Creativity’s Jungle Theatre, Butterfly Dreams, is at the V&A Amphitheatre. A highlight of the Waterfront Easter activities, there will be a series of preview performances. They are live on Saturday, 22 April.
The 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People is set to be held at the V&A Waterfront in May. Jungle Theatre, Butterfly Dreams will give young spectators a taste of the some of the most exciting international and local theatre for young audiences that will be on show at the ASSITEJ World Congress. Performances will be held between 11am and 5pm and are free to attend.
Little ones have the chance to become a LEGO Master Builder at the V&A Waterfront these holidays. The LEGO Play Experience is in the Centre Court of the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre from Tuesday, 11 to Sunday, 16 April.
There are exciting prizes up for grabs to the most creative, determined and innovative LEGO Builders. Children can let their imaginations run wild with one of the largest LEGO collections they’ve likely ever seen! Free to attend, the LEGO Play Experience will be open at the Centre Court from 9am to 7pm daily.
Musical showcase over Easter Weekend
Easter festivities abound at the V&A Waterfront this year, with a line-up of impressive musical performances at the V&A Amphitheatre, to keep visitors’ feet tapping and spirits soaring during the long weekend.
Held every day from 6 to 7pm during the long weekend, V&A Waterfront visitors can look forward to free performances by some of South Africa’s most revered local talent, including Manouche, Southern Wild, The Nomadic Orchestra, and Hot Water.
A group of four talented Capetonian musicians, Manouche is known for their modern take on traditional Gypsy jazz, blending this sound together with a little tango, waltz, folk, R&B, hip hop and electro swing, which they have performed at well-known local music festivals such as Rocking the Daisies and Up the Creek. They will perform on Friday, 14 April.
Following Manouche the next day, Saturday 15 April, is local rock band Southern Wild, who are taking time out from recording their debut EP to share a little Easter cheer.
Hot Water takes the stage at the V&A Amphitheatre on Easter Sunday, 16 April, will bring their ‘South African folk rock’ to the V&A Amphitheatre. Known for their lively stage presence, Hot Water’s utterly danceable rhythms will help you shake off the feast from earlier in the day.
The Easter weekend performances close with a show from The Nomadic Orchestra on Monday, 17 April. They will end the weekend on an energetic note with their unique take on South Eastern European music. They cite influences from Macedonian, Romanian, Serbian, gypsy and circus music. Known for its fantastical sound, Nomadic Orchestra only performs original songs, written by the band itself.