International Oriental Dance Festival 2012

The International Oriental Dance Festival V&A Waterfront October 2012Oriental Dance hails from in the Middle East… a beautiful form of dance associated with signature sinuous hip and abdominal movements performed mostly by woman… Now day’s Oriental dance is performed throughout the world attracting large audiences and participants for the age-old traditional form of dance is as appealing as ever. The International Oriental Dance Festival is hitting Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront from Thursday the 25th of October running till Sunday the 28th of October 2012.

Approximately 500 international dancers from as far as Germany, Israel, Iraq, Spain, Indonesia, Argentina and Belgium as well as local Oriental dancers will contribute to this year’s festival. Performances include; Oriental, Belly, Tribal fusion, Gypsy, Flamenco and fantasy dances. Many international and local belly dancing schools and studios have also got involved in the gees to encourage cultural diversity and tolerance and to introduce and educate South African communities on diverse cultures. The IOD is a proud supporter of the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children – a percentage of the profits raised from the festival will be donated to this amazing organisation.

Do not miss the opportunity to watch performances and to perhaps do a little Oriental Dancing yourself, see the full programme below.

•Thursday, 25 October 2012

This evening marks the start of the International Oriental Dance Festival 2012, and eager audiences are invited to kick-off the weekend-long event at the grand Opening Gala Evening held at the Nedbank BOE Auditorium, where guests will enjoy performances by professional International and South African Oriental Dancers. Tickets are available through Computicket for R150p/p.

•Friday, 26 October 2012

Friday is devoted to two-hour long workshops throughout the day from 9.30am until 9.30pm. Participants will get the opportunity to learn from the world’s best professional Oriental Dance teachers and performers. This interactive event takes place at The V&A Waterfront, Clock Tower. Booking is essential.

•Saturday, 27 October 2012

Saturday marks the start of the two-day ‘Fringe Program’ at The V&A Waterfront, Moroccan Tent next to the Craft Market, Blue Shed Amphitheatre. The ‘Fringe Program’ will be made up of performances by hundreds of belly dancers of all dance levels, from novice beginners to master dancers from all over the world, performing from 10am until 6pm. The performances are open to the public and are free of charge! There will also be a bazaar presented by the small businesses of South Africa where visitors can buy dancing accessories, jewellery, costumes as well as sample food and much more

Please note, from 9:30am until 1pm workshops are also happening; again, booking is essential.

•Sunday, 28 October 2012

Sunday is the second day of the two-day ‘Fringe Program’, and visitors to the V&A Waterfront, Moroccan Tent, can experience live belly dancing performances as well as a meander through the bazaar, which will be selling dancing accessories and showcasing food and more by local South African small businesses.

Book your Tickets now through Computicket





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