New Year’s Eve at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town sees the Beam of Hope switched on at midnight on 31 December, 2021.

The beam will be visible to most people across the Cape Peninsula, but anyone can watch the music performance and New Year countdown by visiting the V&A Waterfront’s website – click on the link, or sign up to the V&A Waterfront’s You Tube or Facebook platforms.

Traditionally the V&A Waterfront New Year was ushered in with a fireworks celebration at midnight, but in 2020 the site looked for a new way to celebrate the milestone and chose a beam of light as their new symbol to welcome in the New Year.

This year (2021), violin and DJ duo DeVille, will lead the celebration with house remixes infused with electric violin. Halfway through their 20-minute performance they will pause for the traditional New Year countdown. The performance and switching on of the lights will be streamed live via social media for all to see.

For the next six nights the beam will be lit from 9pm, giving people multiple chances to see it.

New Years Eve V&A Waterfront
Enjoy New Year’s Eve at the V&A Waterfont

36 Vertical searchlights

The beam, which consists of 36 vertical searchlights, is symbolic of lives lost during the pandemic, the jobs that were affected and the coming together of a nation in solidarity and hope for 2022.

“Our beam of light is a moment for celebration as well as for reflection. Just as its light cuts through the darkness it is our hope is that everyone who sees will takes the time to contemplate the compassion, solidarity, connection, inspiration, and collaborations that humanity has had to embrace over the past two years,” says David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront.

What: V&A Waterfront New Year’s Eve
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