Beach festival has important message

Riaan Manser.

The Wavescape Festival, from Monday November 21 to Sunday December 11, is a beach culture and surfing celebration which carries the torch for ocean conservation and sustainable seafood awareness.

This year the festival has some big names in art (Lionel Smit), inspirational speakers (Riaan Manser and Wesgro’s Tim Harris), award-winning films (Let’s be Frank), MCs (Nik Rabinowitz) and celebrity braai teams (Josie Borain) – to mention a few.

In the film festival part of the programme, 26 ocean and surfing films will be screened at two other venues alongside Clifton. Also in the festival programme are other events and fixtures that bring a unique mix of beach culture, scientific endeavour, and conservation activism. Locally there is the ever popular artboard exhibition at Tiger’s Milk, Muizenberg, which runs from Monday November 21 until Tuesday November 29, from 9am. Entry is free.

The Wavescape Art Board Project raises awareness and funds for ocean charities such as the NSRI and Waves for Change. Ten artists are invited to turn surfboards into art for an exhibition that ends with a charity auction.

Then there is a fun, interactive day at Surfers’ Corner, Muizenberg, on Saturday December 10, from 10am, organised by the Save Our Seas Foundation for children to learn about beach safety and ocean conservation. Children will be invited to come “play and learn” about the rich diversity of our sea life through games, displays and interactive demonstrations.

Book through Webtickets, and for a detailed festival programme. Visit www.wavescapefestival.com