Net vir Pret in partnership with the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape, present the 9th annual Barrydale Giant Puppet Parade and Performance. A highlight on the South African creative calendar for young and old alike, the parade and performance will take place on Sunday 15th December at 6:30 pm, in the highly creative farming village of Barrydale on the famous Route 62 in the Klein Karoo. This inspiring event brings community performers together with leading artists from South Africa and around the world, offering a truly unique South African performance experience every year. The parade and performance combines inspirational large-scale puppetry, local dance and music, hundreds of young performers, masks and puppets all showcased under the majestic mountains of the Tradouw valley. This landmark public performance event is part of the Barrydale Arts Meander (BAM) which is organised by the award winning Magpie Arts Collective, a feast of creativity in which many galleries and artists in the town, open their doors to the public for the whole weekend.
This year’s parade, entitled The Last Season will be using giant puppetry, original electro-acoustic musical compositions and fantastical masked creatures, in a large- scale creative production exploring the concerns of our global climate crisis and the immanent threats of ecological disaster to our planet. The Last Season weaves an electrifying story of survival and hope in an Afro- futuristic world after a planetary ecological catastrophe, which wipes out all of humanity. Leaving only the most resilient and quirky of insects to survive in the post apocalyptic landscapes of the Klein Karoo, the last bees and plants become the greatest treasures of our dying planet.