Summer may be over, but festive celebrations continue throughout the seasons. Imagine Hillcrest Quarry coming to life with colourful characters, burlesque entertainers, acrobats, jugglers, aerial artists, fire dancers, a full brass band and more. There’s nothing better to heat things up than a circus extravaganza of epic proportions.

Trash Cabaret is an underground gypsy contingent comprised of multiple creatives and performance groups from around the globe. This year, they are hosting The Carnival of Dreams, a night packed with glorious festival chaos. If you missed AfrikaBurn or long to return, this party will send you there. It’s an opportunity to release your inner unicorn or oompaloompah, jump on your flying carpet and let yourself shine without fear of judgement.


I love the rhyming tale of how Trash Cabaret transpired, so I won’t attempt to retell it myself: ‘Trash Cabaret began when a French Canadian nun, spun out of her robe while guiding an egg from her head to her toe, once she held it there she kicked the egg into the air, caught in her mouth, and swallowed it down whole! This was her act, and in fact, what an act it was! Everywhere she did the act, it was met with great applause! She had many talented friends, who also loved to play. She invited them all to attend, with shows of their own to portray!’

Doesn’t this just inspire you to gallop away to the circus? Or at least, dress up, don a mask, follow the marching band and hop into an evening filled with whimsy and eccentricities.


Trash Cabaret will be joined by artists including Psychedelic Theatre, Sky Dance Studio, Leo Letsape aka Mr.Letsparty, ActionArte, Cami Scoundrel and Black Orchid Burlesque.

The high-energy tunes of The Nomadic Orchestra pair perfectly with the event, and they will catapult you onto the dance floor with their Balkan beats. Musical concerts by members of the eclectic Ann Jangle and the flamboyant Crimson House will energise the atmosphere further.


Trash Cabaret brings performance and people together. Be part of the unique experience as the quarry transforms into a magical playground abounding with warmth and prolific energy.

Check out the video teaser, below, for a taste of what to expect:







When Saturday 14 May 2016 at 4 pm, activities start 6 pm
 main show starts at 8 pm
Where Hillcrest Quarry, Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville
Cost R120 at Quicket or R150 at the gate
Contact [email protected]

Photography courtesy Jean-Olivier Curdy

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