1 – 11 November 2018
ABOUT tHE BUSKERS FESTIVAL
Nearly 300 performances – street performers, circus acts, musicians, artists, clowns, mimes and entertainers – on six stages at the V&A Waterfront, Africa’s most visited cultural and historical hub. All performances are free – audiences pay for what they like by putting money into the performers’ hats, a tradition called ‘hatting’.
Amazing shows for the whole family
Al Petersen ★ Alanna Joy ★ Bellydancing ★ Bill Ferguson (UK) ★ Cape Town Freestyle ★ Dan Kelly ★ Devin Harmer ★Didi And Jules ★ Elusive Muse ★ Flamenco Guitars ★ Franco & Bob Marly Experience ★ Golden Spears Dancers ★ Heavenly Quartez ★ Hlanganani Marimba ★ Hyperpotamus (Spain) ★ Ilitha Lelanga Marimba ★ Imbhewu Marimba ★ Imré Bernath (Hungary) ★ Isiko Lam Sensation ★ Ithemba Marimba ★ Jacques Le Sueur Magic ★ Katay Santos (Spain) ★ Kathryn Swain ★ Khayelitsha Mambazo ★ Khofhi The King ★ Liam Culbert ★ Lonesome Dave ★ Magic Man ★ Marimba Vibrations ★ Michaela Kleinsmith ★ Mmino Melodies ★ Native Gospel – Isibane se Afrika ★ One Crazy China ★ Owen Bravo ★ Queen And Sheyi ★ Siyabuya Marimba ★ Siyazama Cultural ★ Soccer Freestyle ★ Street Kings ★ Zenn
Six stages! No entry fee! Pay the hat!
★ PROGRAMME ★
Shows every hour on the hourSaturday 10 November – 12 noon to 7pm
Sunday 11 November – 12 noon to 6pm
Find us at the V&A Watefront
On daily at the Amphitheatre, the Golden Mile, the NSRI Slipway, the Pierhead and Nobel Square
BIGGEST BUSKERS FESTIVAL YET!
Street performers fresh from the international festival circuit and some of South Africa’s hottestbuskers will be converging on the V&A Waterfront for the third Cape Town Buskers Festival, which begins on 1 November 2018.
The city's third Buskers Festival will run from 1 and 11 November – with the performers taking a break on 5 and 6 November. The festival is partnered and sponsored by the V&A Waterfront as an extension of the platform it provides to performers to showcase their talent across the property.
Hailing from the UK, veteran busker BILL FERGUSON is a master of crowd control and hand-eye co-ordination: he’s one of the best non-juggling jugglers in the world. If he can’t meet the crowd’s challenge of juggling any three things they give him, he gets a pie in his face.
South African ANDREW 'MAGIC MAN' ELAND will be wowing the crowds with his very special brand of magic that has seen him travel the world. He is joined on the programme by a number of other magicians performing various acts.
Soccer skills champs CAPE TOWN FREESTYLERS [audition video] will be back to inspire children of all ages to work on their ball talents, while OWEN BRAVO will be balancing, juggling with his mouth in a remarkable one-man show. Expect some belly dancing and physical theatre too!
Two other international performers will be headlining: IMRÉ – from Hungary – will take audiences on a playful journey of acrobatic stunts and hilarious interactive comedy. Watch him wrap his spell around the crowd as they become the heroes of the show, while Spanish performer KATAY has perfected the use of the body as a form of expression. He masterfully uses it as tool to amaze and mesmerise his audiences.
The fourth international performer is multi-vocal solo artist HYPERPOTAMUS who jets in from Spain for the final two days of the Festival (10 & 11 November). Don’t miss the chance to catch his infectious performance.
There’ll be surprise blends of music and performance arts from ISIKO LAM SENSATION, the IMBHEWU MARIMBA BAND, and music ranging from brass sounds of the STREET KINGS to the classical HEAVENLY QUARTEZ, loops from LONESOME DAVE FERGUSON and ZENN as well as guitar and vocal from other great talent – some well known; others just discovered.
Coming in at 40 acts with 273 performances, it’s the biggest Cape Town Buskers Festival yet, turning the V&A Waterfront into a lively stage for the talent with a hat.Please remember that all busker performances are free of charge but the performers rely on donations from the crowd. This age-old tradition sustains busking the world over and audiences are advised to bring their notes and nickel.
The third Cape Town Buskers Festival is produced by the Cape Town Fringe, a project of the National Arts Festival. During the Cape Town Buskers Festival performers also network and share their skills and experience, building the street performers community towards a stronger busking tradition for South Africa. Additional support for the Festival this year has come from Sunglass Hut and the Embassy of Spain.
THE CAPE TOWN FRINGE
The Cape Town Buskers Festival is part of the Cape Town Fringe. Established in 2014, the Cape Town Fringe provides a platform for all genres of performance – theatre, dance, music, comedy – and the Buskers Festival adds street theatre to the mix, giving Capetonians a rich, exciting programme for the whole family.
There is no Cape Town Fringe in 2018 but be sure to look out for our exciting 2019 plans, due to be announced soon!
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