“Even though we’re professionals, we still get nervous,” laughs Kat. “But, the appreciation we’ve received from the crowds at Bay Harbour Market has been so worth it. Now, we even have our regular patrons.”
Manila adds, “We know drag has been around for many years as a form of activism, but seeing people just accept and love us for who we are, with no judgment, is a dream for many of us.”
Kat and Manila have undoubtedly left their mark on Hout Bay, and now they have an assortment of new fans – young and old. “Watching families dance together, parents bringing their children to enjoy us and dancing along, it is amazing,” says Manila. “We had a couple who saw us for the first time at Bay Harbour Market, and now they attend every single show of ours – at the market and other venues.”
The entire experience has been an eye-opening one for Bay Harbour Market. “It shows how important it is to change up our offerings in unexpected ways, and how that may appeal to a slightly different customer base as well as our current one,” says Lyn. “It gave the market an opportunity to showcase what it offers to a new audience while pleasantly surprising its existing one.”
If you haven’t been to a show yet, you are missing out. It’s here, not in the US, where you’ll find the most talented drag entertainers. “You can expect lots of fun, energy and nostalgia,” adds Kat. “So, come out and have the biggest sing-along of your life.” What are you waiting for? Bring the entire family for a fun night with Kat and Manila at the Bay!
Catch Kat Gilardi and Manila von Teez on the stage at Bay Harbour Market again this August. Bay Harbour Market is open every Friday between 17:00 – 21:00, and every Saturday to Sunday from 09:30 to 16:00.
For more information about the traders and what they have to offer, please do visit Bay Harbour Market at https://bayharbour.co.za/ and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bayharbour, Twitter at https://twitter.com/bayharbourmktt and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bayharbourmarket/