The frenzied whirr of sewing machines and slip-slap of paint brushes herald the start of the countdown to the 5th annual Cape Town Carnival. With only 4 days to go until 15 March seamstresses, welders, fabricators and artisans are applying the finishing touches to over 2000 performer costumes and an eye-popping array of giant floats and never-seen-before contraptions.
A spectacular feast of music, dance, design and creativity will erupt onto the Fan Walk, Green Point at 19:30 this Saturday. The theme of this year’s Carnival is IMAGINE and it’s an invitation to let your mind run riot with creative possibilities.
Designers and artists have spent months exploring & expanding the creative opportunities of design for this year’s Carnival: a recognized World Design Capital project (#WDC266). Imagine a 6m high iconic South African flower filled with human petals… Imagine a mythical serpent in an illuminated garden… Imagine a towering African Dream Doll leading tribal queens… Imagine Cape Town streets filled with a joy toyi-toyi!
The Fan Walk with be closed to vehicle traffic from 15:00 when locals and visitors are invited to own their streets and explore the lively sponsor activation zones, food trucks and vendor stalls. At 18:00 the street will be cleared and swept to prepare for the dazzling parade which will be officially opened at 19:30 by Mayor Patricia De Lille and a senior representative of the Department of Arts and Culture.
The parade will take approximately 2 hours to wind its way from the start point at Napier Street up to York Road near the Green Point Circle. This celebration of our beautiful city and its diverse people will continue late into the night as DJ Fresh and South African super-group, Mi Casa, entertain the crowds at the free open air after-party at the parade end point which starts at 22:00.
This year’s event will have no shortage of glamorous celebs to add a touch of sparkle to proceedings. Cape Town Carnival ambassador Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp will MC the opening ceremony and count down to the magical moment. Well known personalities who will proudly accompany the Carnival’s show-stopping Protea float include Liezel van der Westhuizen, Kia Johnson, Siv Ngesi, Kim Engelbrecht and Oshri Elmorich.
This year’s Cape Town Carnival promises to be the biggest yet!
Detailed information on road closures and extended bus services can be found here: http://www.capetowncarnival.com/road-closures-and-transport-services/
Applications for Media Accreditation can be found here: http://www.capetowncarnival.com/mediaaccreditation