Last week I attended the media launch for this year’s Cape Town Carnival. It was a fun-filled evening with festival style food trucks, crazy outfits, lots of singing & dancing and just general excitement:
Now in it’s 5th year, with this year’s IMAGINE theme you can expect to see out-of-this-world large scale floats and over 2000 fantastical performers & musicians from about 47 community performance groups, all taking to the street.
Think Rio Carnival, but with bundles of African flavour and a strong local-is-lekker vibe. I mean we all know South Africans can party with the best of them (and likely party the best of them under the table too), so this is going to be a night to remember.
As a recognised World Design Capital Project, the Cape Town Carnival invited submissions from all quarters with designers, artists, inventors, students, entrepreneurs and sponsors all coming together to make this year the biggest one yet. And to further entice you, I can share some of the magical things you’ll be able to see this year:
- The flagship African Dream Doll (sponsored by Tsogo Sun & designed by Angela McPherson): a towering 6m tall multi-coloured puppet figure in the hues of the rainbow nation, welcoming everyone to Cape Town and to Carnival 2014
- The fun totemic Crazy Stix being made in Marcus Garvey informal settlement and at Muizenberg High School
- A unique “Super Cycle” by entrepreneur & bicycle designer, Zahier Davids of Flywheel Bikes
- A mechanical and electronic African Robot by artist Danny Popper and industrial designer Brian Thompkins
- A world-embracing float design from creative collaboration with learners at Project Playground in Langa (initiated by DHL)
- An illuminated Eden of paper flowers by artist Daya Heller, co-funded with AfrikaBurn
- A surprising lift-off on the Fan Walk, courtesy of Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)
- And the biggest Protea Cape Town has ever seen…
I can also tell you that you’ll be able to see riel dancers from Wupertal, Elizabethfontein and Citrusdal as they make their Carnival debut thanks to Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat. They’ll be joining flamenco dancers from Gugulethu, the eMzantsi Carnival from the South Peninsula, as well as traditional Xhosa, kwela, marimba, goema-samba and steelpan performers from across Cape Town (just to mention a few of course).
As I’ve never been before (I know, I hang my head in shame), but have always had major FOMO because of all the great things I’ve heard, this year I’m not missing out for ANYTHING. Even if Daniel Craig finally comes to his senses and realises that I am the only one for him, then flies down to Cape Town and decides to sweep me off on a magical sunset yacht trip that same day… I will still be at the carnival OK. And you should be there too…
Here’s all the deets you need to know:
- When: Saturday, 15 March 2014
- Where: Cape Town Fan Walk, Somerset Road, Green Point
- Cost: FREE entry & open to everyone!
- Schedule on the day:
– 15:00 Fan walk opens as a pedestrian walkway. Grab something to eat, drink and get yourself a good carnival parade viewing spot.
– 19:30 The Carnival Parade begins.
– 22:30 After-party with DJ Fresh & SA’s muscial sensation, Mi Casa.
- For more info & updates: Hop on over to www.capetowncarnival.com or follow the action on Twitter (@CTcarnival) and Facebook (TheCapeTownCarnival)