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Ring out the old year and ring in the new at Cape Town’s biggest party

Date:              Saturday, 31 December 2015

Time:              18h30 to 02h00

Cost:               Free

Contact:        V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600 or

Escape into 2017 with fantastical delight at the V&A Waterfront’s 2016/17 New Year’s Eve celebration, Cape Town’s biggest and most exciting New Year event.

New Year’s Eve 2016/17 at the V&A Waterfront builds on the success and delight of last year’s spectacular event, and will bring Earth, Wind, Fire and Water alive across the property, in enchanting entertainment zones that give revellers a different experience around each corner.

Each of the four activation zones spread across the property will be individually themed to give visitors uniquely colourful and entertaining experiences, as they meander through the property this New Year’s Eve.

The various zones will spring to life from 6.30pm onwards, with activities and entertainment from buskers, cirque performances, roaming musicians, singers and live bands, to dance performances, floats, entertainers, and much more. More than 80 restaurants and eateries will be open on the evening, and additional food trucks will be nestled across the property to cater for all manner of hunger pangs on the night.Entertainment zones

The V&A Amphitheatre will be decorated in white to reflect the air and wind theme at this ‘zone’, with fairy lights completing the ethereal look. Entertainment in this area will be provided by live bands, dancers and acrobats performing aerial feats of amazement.

The red-hot passion of fire will greet visitors at the Alfred Mall, as trees and surrounds sizzle with warm, spicy colours, live bands, circus performances and colourful characters.

The intense greens and rustic tones of earth will greet revellers at Nobel Square. African roots and magical tree nymphs will entertain the crowds along with live bands, circus performers and carnival installations.

Mystical blues of sea depths and bright bursts of colour from coral reefs are reflected in the water theme at the Clock Tower. Here the pirate ship will be lit up in shades of blue as the captain entertains audiences right through to 2017.

Countdown to New Year

As always, partygoers can look forward to the midnight countdown to New Year, which will be marked by a spectacular fireworks display as is tradition each year.

Traffic and parking

Given the popularity of the V&A Waterfront’s annual New Year party, parking fills up quickly, and traffic congestion in the city can make getting into the Waterfront difficult. Visitors are encouraged to use the MyCiTi bus service as an alternative. The last bus departs from Breakwater Boulevard at the V&A Waterfront at 1am.

Visitors who prefer to arrive by car are encouraged to park at the Silo District, which is just a five minute stroll from the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre and other activities on offer. For anyone travelling from the Atlantic Seaboard, the quickest route is via Granger Bay Boulevard. A hint for visitors who wish to park at Breakwater Parking Garage – take the Beach Road entrance into the Breakwater Parking Garage for a quicker route. This is a quick stroll across the road to Entrance 2 of the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre.

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