Better Nature events at the V&A Waterfront

Two Oceans Aquarium
Two Oceans Aquarium

Our Better Nature events

Ocean and nature-inspired experiences and entertainment across the V&A Waterfront

Join us from the end of June to September for Our Better Nature, a dynamic sustainability campaign designed to immerse visitors in ocean and nature-inspired experiences. Engage with our interactive activities and join us on our journey towards a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient future. Let's act from our better nature to create a better world for ourselves and future generations.

Below is a line-up of events and new art installations to keep an eye out for:




Join us for the Ocean Light Festival, a magical evening aglow with mesmerising lights and entertainment for the whole family. Check out the Cape Town Carnival Parade, performances by Pilani Bubu, Mmino Melodies, and more, and the activation of the inaugural Ocean Light Ball. We can’t wait to see you there!

Date: Saturday, 29 June 2024

Time: 17h00 – 19h00

Venue: Alfred Square

Cost: Free entry



Following its third straight sold-out run, After Dark returns to the Two Oceans Aquarium and brings with it some of the finest talent around. Coasters and Blue Voware, Metro Villa and Yellow House, Steve McKellar and Tessi, and Mila Smith and Micaela Kleinsmith are the artists lined up to perform this year.

Date: 26 June, 31 July, 27 August and 25 September 2024

Time: 18h30

Venue: Two Oceans Aquarium

Tickets: R395 and can be purchased via


Make beach clean-ups a regular part of your schedule! Join the Two Oceans Aquarium at one of their monthly Trash Bash cleanups (the third Saturday of the month) or at one of their ad hoc cleanups that are added to our calendar throughout the year.

Dates: 20 July, 17 August, 21 September 2024
Time: 09h00 – 11h00
Location: Various
Cost: Free



Vintage with Love is a non-profit organisation incorporating fashion and charity into one stylish venture – reselling gently worn clothes. Join the coolest fashion treasure hunt for the best pre-loved designer clothing and accessories.

Date: 1 - 4 August 2024

Time: Thursday, 16h00 – 20h00
Friday, 10h00 – 18h00

Saturday, 10h00 – 17h00

Sunday, 10h00 – 14h00

Venue: Cape Town Cruise Terminal

Cost: Free entry




Imagine a full day of connecting and learning about textiles, slow fashion, and design. The programme celebrates and supports the growing African textile ecosystem that cares for people and the planet. This year, the focus is on inspiring new practices rooted in the past, informed by the present, and looking to the future. There will be insightful talks, presentations, exhibits and demonstrations.


Date: 15 August 2024

Venue: Watershed, Workshop 17

Tickets: Book here:



We will be hosting the first Watershed Slow Fashion Festival, dedicated to showcasing sustainable and ethical fashion practices. The festival will feature the TWYG swap and mend pop, where participants can exchange and repair clothing items, enjoy panel discussions, take part in the MADE Creative workshops where participants can learn to create items with the guidance of Watershed creators, and much more.

Date: 17 August 2024

Venue: Watershed, Workshop 17

Cost: Free entry



The V&A Makers Landing Seafood Festival is not just an opportunity to celebrate seafood. Along with a fresh fish market, demo classes, various food vendors, and live music throughout the day, it aims to keep the conversation going about sustainable fishing and our consumption habits' impact on the ocean.

Date: August 23 – August 25

Time:  10h00 – 18h00

Venue: Makers Landing

Cost: Free entry




Immerse yourself in inspiring art that explores litter and waste. We’ve put together an interactive map where you can learn more about each art installation, click here ( to view it.


In collaboration with the Two Oceans Aquarium, Dylan Mcarry, and the Woodstock Art Reef Project (WARP), this ocean-themed immersive display brings together sculpture, printed art, a magnificent crocheted coral reef, and talks by the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation.

Date: 25 June – 25 September 2024

Venue: Throughout the neighbourhood

Cost: Free entry



Look up and marvel at an installation of fish crafted from post-industrial acrylic waste at Alfred Plaza. These handcrafted creatures create an animation that showcases the wonder of the ocean day and night.

Date: June – 30 September

Venue: UCB Plaza, Alfred Plaza and Golden Mile

Cost: Free entry



These static 2D-printed artworks are activated using the Artivive app, which brings them to life in 3D animation and audio on your mobile device. Think nature-themed art, dipping into dystopian and wonder-filled worlds to remind us that there is only one world for us all.

Date: June – 30 September

Venue: Wall adjacent to Mozambik and steps at Vic Wharf Entrance 5

Cost: Free entry



This thought-provoking sculpture of a hermit crab bearing the world on its shoulders symbolises the response to environmental pressures. This permanent exhibit challenges viewers to reflect on their own reactions to environmental change.

Venue: Clock Tower Centre and Nedbank



Artist William Sweetlove’s sculpture is set on a bed of plastic bags, highlighting the growing awareness and action against plastic pollution in our oceans. The permanent exhibit ultimately inspires viewers to embrace positive change and contribute to preserving marine life.

Venue: Swing Bridge and African Trading Port side

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