01 Dec The Lowdown on Cape Town’s Wavescape Festival
The Wavescape Festival in Cape Town, which kicked off on 23 November and will continue until 13 December, is about raising awareness around ocean sustainability. The 20 day celebration of surfing and ocean culture consists of film screenings, a competition and an art board auction. Here’s the lowdown.
The Art Board Project and Auction:
Since 2005 Wavescape have been presenting the Art Board Project which, year after year, sees local artists turn surfboards into incredible works of art. To raise funds for charities like NSRI and Waves For Change, the Art Board Auction is being held from 7pm tonight (Tuesday 1 December) at Tiger’s Milk in Muizenberg and will be hosted by comedian Rob van Vuuren. The 2015 participating artists are: Andrew Whitehouse, Asha Zero, Beezy Bailey, Brett Murray, Chris Brehem, Conn Bertish, Jake Aikman, One Love Studio and Sanell Aggenbach.
Steve Pike, the Wavescape festival co-founder, says that “Surfers are literally at the frontline of global warming and over-fishing and the effect this has on the ocean environment. Art is an effective way to create awareness of such issues and to inspire change. Our artists, however, also use the boards for social commentary and satire.”
Surf Film Screenings:
A bumper program of 39 feature length and short surfing and adventure films will take place in venues around the Mother City until 13 December. This year’s theme explores the relationships between humans and nature in a curated selection of moving ocean-centric stories. Highlights to look out for include the all-Africa night with films by 10 South African filmmakers and the exclusive premieres of Ocean Driven starring local big wave surfer Chris Bertish, and No Regrets, which tells the story of Ricky Basnett.
There will also be a special screening of the three winners of the Shortcuts Film Competition, which aims at propelling the careers of enthusiastic young filmmakers passionate about extreme sports. The competition winners will be announced at the Labia Cinema on 11 December and the first prize filmmaker will receive a film deal backed by Red Bull Media House that provides them with the opportunity to with work top industry experts.
Watch the trailers for a few of the films that will be screened in the upcoming days.
Denali by Ben Knight:
Waveform by Stefan Nadelman:
Psychic Migrations by Ryan Thomas:
The Wild by Aaron Lieber:
Into the Sea by Marion Poizeau:
Ocean Gravity by Guillaume Nery and Julie Gautier: