At a place like the V&A Waterfront, there is always so much on the go and so much in the pipeline that there is technically no start and no end to what we do but as a year draws to a close, we too take the time to look back on what we have achieved, we take the time to celebrate how far we’ve come, and then we get set and on our marks for all that is to come in 2016 and beyond.
The first major achievement that deserves mentioning was the greatly anticipated opening of H&M. To create one of the ten largest H&M stores in the world for a shopping centre on the Southern tip of Africa requires far more than you could possibly imagine. For starters, how many of you knew that we had to move our entire head office of 200 staff members to make room for the 4700m2 that H&M required? You. Are. Welcome.
Then there is our award-winning Watershed, that has now been trading for over a year. The transformation of a rusty old blue shed filled with crafty curios for tourists into a thriving hub of activity for artists and entrepreneurs has been a sight to behold. Not only is the space a pleasure to shop local in but the introduction of Workshop17 has pumped a whole new kind of life into this truly unique space. We’ve also loved every #GoodNightMarket experience.
Over Winter we decided to experiment with introducing a bedouin tent to the amphitheatre. Not only did it help cure a whole lot of cabin fever at our Friday night Jazz sessions (we hope some of you were fortunate enough to experience that electric Judith Sephuma show) but it helped to create a really cosy and spirited vibe for the Rugby World Cup. You miss out on all the camaraderie when you sit at home and watch sport on a small screen!
Speaking of Winter, let’s breach the dreaded topic that is load shedding for a moment. It is certainly not something to celebrate but it did pave the way for us to finally kick off our solar panel project, meaning we can alleviate some of our reliance on the national grid. We were also awarded Heritage Platinum status this year, in recognition of our efforts to preserve our unique history. We do not take anything for granted so it is of the utmost importance to us that we are sustain this space for decades to come.
Last but certainly not least because all of this is only the tip of the iceberg, we’ve hosted some incredible events over the year. From the SA Ocean Festival to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, not to mention an incredible selection of Art events, the likes of Guild Design Fair and Open Design, which all serve as a nice build up to the anticipated opening of Zeitz MOCAA in 2017.
We’d like to thank you all for sharing your time with us over the year in all of the different ways that you do and we hope to see even more of you over the festive season!