In less than three years, Bazique Festival has firmly established itself as South Africa’s most original and exciting, large-scale festival of performing art and was even voted ‘World’s Best Boutique Festival ‘ at the Tuvalu International Festival Awards. This weekend the festival will be hosted at their stunning new venue, Ruitersvlei Estate near Paarl, just a short road trip from Cape Town.
The breathtaking new space and its centrepiece swimming lake will play host to a weekend of art and music featuring spectacular installations to muse over, art-cars, art-boats and pop-up exhibitions plus an astronomical lineup of all kinds of electronic and live music from both local and international artists.
Amongst a smorgasbord of festival activities including the return of the Department of Arising About, A Silent Disco and The Starlit Spa, Bazique Festival will also offer adventure seekers a variety of outdoor accommodation, from DIY camping options to more luxury glamping, set like a mini village on a beautiful grassed area overlooking the festival.
If you’re attending the festival this weekend, make sure you get the most out your Bazique experience by ticking off our mini Bazique bucket list below. For more information, join the event online and follow our Bazique Festival quick links below. Still don’t have a ticket, what are you waiting for? Book your pass and camping, right here.
1 Dress Up
As always, costumes are optional but are enthusiastically encouraged at Bazique Festival. Every year, the are a variety of themed spaces and environments that you can draw inspiration from. Bazique is partly an open-source creative – in other words, some of the content, artwork and ideas are generated by the public – in just the same way, your outlandish ‘expression of self’ ultimately forms part of the entire festival’s landscape of “art and absurdism.”
2 Explore Every Stage
As mentioned above, Bazique is a playground of art and this year, five immersive stages will form the centrepieces for the weekend. For the third annual Bazique celebration, festival-goers can look forward to the return of ‘The Kraal’, ‘Ukudlala Beach Stage’, and the ‘La Fee Verte Ballroom.’ Plus the newly designed Boombox art-car and the elusive new stage, built in the middle of the lake called ‘Journey’s End Island’ – so pack that lilo baby!
In addition to all this magic, Bazique Festival will also host a secret ‘Tropical Roast’ stage as well as the iconic ‘Rabbit Heart’ seen at AfrikaBurn.
3 Take a Journey Amongst The Art
Step off the dancefloor and wonder the landscape of the festival! Bazique’s huge, scenic lakeside beaches are the perfect backdrop for large scale outdoor exhibitions and the event will be decked out with especially creative pieces that can be danced in, on and around. Get ready to feast your eyes on installations, art cars, art boats, immersive spaces, enthralling lighting fixtures, performance artists, dancers and so much more!
4 Catch a ‘Silent Disco’ Pop Up
While it may sound simple, The Silent Disco at Baziqe Festival is truly an experience of its own. In partnership with Silent Events, Bazique Festival will once again offer of an exciting, 3 channel multi-genre headphone with pop up parties happening across the festival so be sure to keep a lookout for them!
5 ‘Arse About’ with the Department of Arsing About
Brought to you by Cape Town’s beloved local production house, The Sunroom. Expect cirque, silliness, situation comedy, performance art and irreverent unbridled fun! Don’t mind if they draw you in to become part of the canvas of the festival. Think mermaid workshops, human tin pin bowling, a ‘hug deli’, dance comps and more!