On Thursday I’m going to the Two Oceans Aquarium… at night.  It’s been years since I’ve been there, and the novelty of going by night is just too much to resist.  But I’m not going just to gawp at pretty fish (well, maybe a little) – I’m going to a special event being held there that evening:

On Thursday 30 July 2009 the Two Oceans Aquarium, in collaboration with the UCT Writers’ Series, will present DEEP: A Night of Creative Currents featuring Sharks, Poets and other Endangered Species. The event is in support of the Aquarium’s Adopt-a-School Programme.

In today’s rushed world there are fewer and fewer places available for contemplation and creativity, especially in cities. Just as our creative spaces and practitioners are under threat, so too are our oceans and their creatures. DEEP is an opportunity to celebrate the oceans and some of South Africa’s most creative artists.

Central to DEEP is the launch of Hyphen, a debut collection of poems by Tania van Schalkwyk, which is published by the UCT Writers’ Series. Included in this collection are a number of poems inspired by the sea including Siren SongAbyss,Lionfish and Water.

deep_Hyphen_cover_lowresBut it’s not just about poetry – the evening will also feature seven short films including three from the City Breath ProjectWaitless, The Electrician and Omdat ek die stadsrumoer (Because I chose the city noise) as well as intriguing-sounding art installations and the music of local band ‘Benguela’ (yep, named after the sea current – how apt).

Tickets cost R40.00 (available at the door on the night) and include entrance to the Two Oceans Aquarium and a free glass of wine on arrival. Fairview will present cheese and wine and a cash bar will be available.  Art, and books from the Book Lounge, will be on sale.

Doors open at 18h30 with performances starting at 19h00.  For more information, contact Helen Lockhart on 021-418-3823 or helen.lockhart@aquarium.co.za

See you there!

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