The Princess Vlei Forum, in collaboration with city community arts colleges, will be holding a Flight of Dreams parade and art display at Princess Vlei, on Monday September 23 from 6 to 10 pm.
The event is a collaboration between the Princess Vlei Forum, the Frank Joubert Art Centre, the Children’s Art Centre and Battswood Arts Centre. Its intention is to celebrate and conserve the beautiful space around Princess Vlei; the birds and other natural fauna and flora from the vlei; and the imaginative creativity of our talented local school children.
The event will incorporates a parade past the vlei with lights, bird masks and bird puppets; a display of art, writing and photographs inspired by Princess Vlei; and cultural performances, both to be held at The Jolly Carp. Refreshments will be on sale, or people can bring a picnic.
School learners have been preparing for the even through the year. On 23 August, over 100 learners form various schools came to the vlei to do observational drawings, and learn about the birds at the vlei. Shaun Overmeyer from the Cape Town Bird Club gave a powerpoint presentation stressing the importance of maintaining a healthy habitat for brids, and introducing the rich birdlife of the vlei. “If a place is not healthy for birds, it will not be healthy for humans either,” he explained.
The learners were also entertained by cultural performances from the Wynberg Senior Secondary Drama Group, the South Peninsula High Jazz Band, and Emile Jansen and Mixed Mense hip hop group.
Jennifer Motlanke, Grade 12 learner at Wynberg Senior Secondary said this about her group’s performance the of the Princess Vlei story: “We are performing this drama to save the vlei, to restore it to the time when people would come and picnic here and be peaceful. We want to teach other learners about the vlei, to be ambassadors for the vlei.”
The parade will start and end at the Jolly Carp, Sassmere Rd, We invite all to come and enjoy this fabulous spectacle.