Ready to take to the streets

2019-03-12 06:01
Performers in their costumes ahead of the 2019 Carnival. This image was taken at the recent workshop tour.PHOTO: John Rayner

Performers in their costumes ahead of the 2019 Carnival. This image was taken at the recent workshop tour.PHOTO: John Rayner

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In just less than four days the streets of Cape Town will be filled with colour, music, costumes and splendour as the Cape Town Carnival heads to the Green Point Fan Walk on Saturday 16 March at 19:00.

For the past 10 years, the free event aimed at promoting diversity, culture and community cohesion has taken the streets by storm with people from all over the City performing and residents from all over the country travelling to behold the marvel that is the carnival.

This year’s theme, Vuka Ukhanye: Arise and Shine!, is being brought to life through floats, costume and puppetry.

Interpreting the call to action to be all we can be, this year’s floats will include a Monster, to represent conquering your fears, and a giant illuminated marionette ‘Vukani’ in a glorious parade of performers illustrating how we can shake off limiting beliefs.

The first Cape Town Carnival was hosted in Long Street in 2010 and drew around 11 000 spectators.

Last year, about 54 000 people watched the show, and organisers look forward to even more attending this year.

Now entering its tenth year, the Cape Town Carnival has also proven to be an economic boob for the city. It was calculated that the direct contribution to the city’s GDP from the 2018 event alone was at R58.5m. The 2019 event takes place on Saturday 16 March.

“It’s incredible to see the voyage from the creative workshops where the concept is developed to the final creations,” says Professor Rachel Jafta, chairperson of the Cape Town Carnival Trust. “The culture of our city is unique and vital. It’s how people treat each other, how we show up, respect and regard each other, how we interact, how we see each other. It’s part of the fabric of our society,” says Brad Baard, Creative Director of the Cape Town Carnival. “This spirit or character comes through in this year’s theme of waking up to our personal power and to our collective power.”

The theme is taken to heart by all involved, with every team member giving their utmost to develop both personally and as part of the group.

People’s Post is the official media partner of the event.

Other sponsors include Multichoice, the City of Cape Town, the National Department of Arts and Culture, the National Lotteries Commission, Kfm, the Western Cape Government, Tsogo Sun, Media24, the Western Cape Tourism, Trade & Investment Agency (Wesgro), Peninsula Beverages, and Gearhouse.


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