Museum Night V&A Waterfront
Wednesday 25 October 2017

Explore the museums of the V&A Waterfront in a new light - after dark.

Museums will be open from 5pm until 10pm, offering free admission to the public, with a number of other attractions offering half price admission. The museum exhibitions are supported by an exciting programme of performances and walkabouts. Attendees do not require tickets for Museum Night. Just arrive at the Waterfront, decide on where you would like to start, and use the printed programmes available to find your way around from there. Find more information about the programme below. 


Participating Museums & Institutions

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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits twenty-first century art from Africa and its Diaspora; hosts international exhibitions; develops supporting educational and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and guarantees access for all. Over one hundred galleries are dedicated to a permanent collection; temporary exhibitions; and Centres for Art Education, Curatorial Excellence, Performative Practice, Photography, the Moving Image, and the Costume Institute. 

Performance Schedule

6:00PM - Ludwe Danxa Trio
7:00PM - Nicholas Williams Trio
8:00PM - Lhola Amira - 29°06′S 26°13′E

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Nelson Mandela Gateway

A World Heritage Site and museum, the gateway is a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom. This triple-story glass museum links the V&A Waterfront with the Robben Island Museum and incorporates the passenger ferry terminal.

Performance Schedule

7:00 pm - Mendi Processional Walk ll – Ritual Performance



Situated in a central position surrounded by all the shops, restaurants and pubs, the Amphitheatre is arguably one of the best entertainment spots in the V&A Waterfront. Enjoy a diverse programme of performance, dance and music at the Amphitheatre on Museum Night.

Performance Schedule

5:30 pm - Izililo azilali elwandle...(cries don't find comfort in sea waters)

6:30 pm - Indoni Dance Arts & Leadership Academy: Inkululeko (Freedom)

7:30 pm - Cape Town Concert Brass


Robben Island Jetty 1

The museum at Robben Island Jetty 1 is housed in the embarkation building for prisoners sent to Robben Island. This transit building was used by the Robben Island Maximum Security Prison from 1962. Political and commonlaw prisoners, warders, their families and other visitors passed through this site. In the 1970s the zinc and iron building was demolished and the current brick building was erected. The museum tells the story of the prisoners and warders who passed through this site.

Performance Schedule

5:00 pm - You can never touch the same water twice by Alberta Whittle

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Iziko Maritime Centre

The Iziko Maritime Centre features an overview of shipping in Cape Town, and the earliest existing model of Table Bay harbour, completed in 1885 by prisoners and warders of Breakwater Prison. There is a collection of ship models, images, and objects associated with shipping in Cape Town, with the emphasis on the Union-Castle Line.

Join Maritime expert and social history curator Thys van der Merwe at the Iziko Maritime Centre, located in Union-Castle House, Dock Road, and set sail on an epic adventure. Three walkabouts at 19h00, 20h00 & 21h00, will take visitors through the fascinating world of shipping, providing insight to the history of this port city.


Springbok Experience Rugby Museum

The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum takes visitors on an interactive journey through the fascinating story of South African rugby. The museum features more than 60 audio visual displays where visitors can watch the history of South African rugby unfold, set among cases displaying historic objects such as famous trophies, jerseys, boots and other memorabilia. And there are games for children and adults alike where they can test their kicking, passing, fitness and reaction skills in the interactive ‘Springbok Trials’ games zone.

Performance Schedule

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Buskers on the lawn


Cape Medical Museum

The Cape Medical Museum is situated in the Old City Hospital Complex on Portswood Road. Its exhibitions center around the medical history of the Cape and include the Doctor's Consulting Room, Dentist Room, Hospital Ward and Operating Theater.

Performance Schedule

6:00 pm - The Comet Caesar
7:30 pm - The Comet Caesar

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Arup Open Office – 1st floor of the Clock Tower Centre

Following Arup's involvement in the Grain Silo project, a series of insightful presentation bursts will be held throughout the evening.
Grab a drink, meet some designers, and discuss the future of museums in the digital age.

Talks Schedule

5:30 pm – Francis Archer (live from London)
Unlocking museums through structural engineering

6:00 pm – Andrew Wade
Acoustic engineering for museums

6:30 pm – Tessa Brunette
Leveraging parametric geometry to design and fabricate a pillow façade (featuring the Grain Silo museum)

7:00 – Carin de Beer (live from San Francisco)
Lighting and daylight – bringing together art, science, and technology (featuring the SF MOMA, LA Broad, and NYC Lowline)

 7:30 – Jolyon Smith
Environmental conditions – seamlessly integrating international best practice (featuring the Nasher sculpture gallery, St Louis Art Museum, Turner Contemporary, and the Grain Silo museum)

 8:00 – Jaco Kemp
Data driven innovation

 8:30 – Franz Fertig
Vernacular innovation (featuring the Winter Palace (St Petersburg), and archaeological Iranian/Persion architecture)


Two Oceans Aquarium*

The southern tip of the African continent is the meeting place of two mighty and bountiful oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic. The Two Oceans Aquarium showcases the incredible diversity of marine life found in these two oceans. Over 3000 living sea animals, including sharks, fish, turtles and penguins can be seen in this spectacular underwater nature reserve. *Half-price on all ticket tiers on Museum Night. R40 (children). R85 (adults).

Performance Schedule

7:00 pm - Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra - String Quartet
8:00 pm - Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra - String Quartet    


Everard Read Gallery / CIRCA Gallery

Originally founded in Johannesburg in 1913, Everard Read is South Africa's oldest commercial gallery. Everard Read in Cape Town opened its doors in the V&A Waterfront in September 1996, with their London Everard Read Gallery launching at the start of 2016. CIRCA Cape Town was unveiled in November 2016. Both Everard Read Gallery and CIRCA Gallery will be open until 9:00 pm.


Performance Programme

Various performances and activities will be taking place across the V&A Waterfront on the night. Performances are listed under each site above, with information about the ICA performance programme below. All performance information will be available on the print maps which will be freely available at all participating institutions on the night. Please take note of the alternative venues in case of bad weather, and be aware that times may change.


Ndabamnye no SS Mendi

Museum Night V&A Waterfront in collaboration with ICA, is proud to present Ndabamnye no SS Mendi (I became one with the SS Mendi) - a powerful tribute to the historic SS Mendi, directed by Mandla Mbothwe.

He became one with SS Mendi, he is the one that the ship could not let go when she was sinking and he held on to her. He swallowed the war cries of those men that sank with the ship, their clan names are stuck in his throat. The young ones are moaning, they are thirsty souls yearning for healing stories.

Performance Schedule

5:45 pm - SS Mendi Processional Walk by Mandla Mbothwe – Part l: Beginning at Musica, through the mall veering right to H&M and through the food court ending at the Amphitheatre.

7:00pm - SS Mendi Processional Walk by Mandla Mbothwe – Part ll: Walk from the Masthead on the one side of the bridge, across the bridge, into the vast areas outside the Clock Tower ending with ritual performance on the ground floor space at the Nelson Mandela Gateway.

7:45pm - SS Mendi Processional Walk by Mandla Mbothwe– Part lll: Walk from the Nedbank sculpture towards Zeitz MOCAA, featuring a projection on the wall of Allan Gray and a projection outside of the museum.


Other Attractions

Watershed - The Watershed hosts over 150 local design traders, and a great programme of performances on Museum Night. Grab a drink and bite to eat while enjoying performances by Luna Paige, The Grey Duo, Christian Tiger School and Swing Cats.  

Cape Wheel - An iconic feature of the V&A Waterfront that can be seen from the distance. Visitors can enjoy spectacular 360° views of Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, the city and beyond the city limits – as far as the eye can see. All for half price on Museum Night. R30 (children) - R65 (adults). 7pm - 10.30pm.

Alfred Mall - The Alfred Mall is home to galleries, stores and a number of great restaurants, located right in the centre of the Museum Night programme. Live entertainment starts from 6pm and includes 1925Band, Didi & Julez and Dylan Farred. 

Boat Operators - Ameera Catamaran sunset cruise leaving at 6pm on 25 October 2017, as part of the Museum Night offering at a 50% discounted rate. Space is limited to 35 pax and bookings must be made telephonically at 021 4210909. Jolly Roger is currently out of season. 

Waterfront Charters - Sunset Cruise on board the Serenity One. Bookings must be made telephonically at 082 900 8234 General Enquiries:
+27(0)21 418 3168

Ripleys Believe It or Not! -  More than 170 artifacts and interactive exhibits – cover themes including space, the ocean, human oddities, giants and little people, sport, Asia, Africa, vampires and lizards, all collected by Mr Robert Ripley himself and by the team of Ripley Entertainment Inc in the US. 50% Discount - R75 for adults. R60 for children 16 and under, seniors and students (proof of ID). Free for 5 year olds and under.   

Future Park- Watch your drawings come to life! This perfect family exhibition has recently come to South Africa for the first time this year. The exhibition has seen more than four million children across the world play in an ever-changing digital environment while they develop their fine motor skills. Buy one get one free. R130 per person (all ages – children under one year free).

Restaurants - The V&A Waterfront has food offerings ranging from fast food to fine dining. Browse the full range of restaurants click here