This year, a beautiful, glittering thing was born and it is called Bazique. It’s a festival for the weird and wonderful. But since we all have a little bit of crazy in us, Bazique is basically for anyone looking for some amusement – and you will find that in abundance! I mean, just to prove this: I played ping pong, walked into a salsa dance class and was greeted by a poodle on stilts all within the first hour of arriving! That’s Bazique for you.
At Bazique you can leave your inhibitions at the entrance gate and join the wacky characters (real and not!), jump on a magic tour bus and enter an electric ballroom. Intrigued yet? Read on!
This was the festival’s first year, but it operated and looked like an event that has been running for years, with a lot of effort put into the setup. Six unique stages and a couple of large art sculptures were pitched around the venue, Elgin Grabouw Country Club, which normally has a large lake, but now looks more like a mini desert. Even with the extraordinary setup, it was the little touches that brought the magic: Beautiful decor, large, comfy chill areas and lots of friendly faces behind stalls and bar counters.
Six South African event organisers were invited to collaborate to create Bazique, each with its own space inside the venue. These included a beautiful Protea stage, The Frisky Disco and the Ukudladla beach set up across the vast, open space. A huge variety of music styles were offered across these colourful pop-up stages, and with a line up that included some of our top local artists such as Ard Matthews, PHFAT, Dean Fuel and DJ Ready D, and internationals such as Foreign Beggars, it’s clear that Bazique came with a bang and is here to stay.
Bazique makes it easy to let loose and have fun. No mass crowds, lots to do and see, and plenty of mischief added to the mix! Festival-goers were also encouraged to dress up, and every day the event became alive with feather boas, leather tights and weird hats, creating an even crazier atmosphere.
When the dancing shoes came off, and tired bodies left the stages, the local food trucks and chill areas became much-needed oases. In keeping with the event’s commitment to making Bazique as environmentally-friendly as possible, everything was also kept neat and clean within the borders of the festival, throughout the weekend.
The inaugural festival was full of crazy little moments that made it memorable. A dazzling bash like no other, for sure!