Sights, sound, splendour

2020-02-04 06:00
The launch of this year's Cape Town Carnival took place on Friday 31 January.

The launch of this year's Cape Town Carnival took place on Friday 31 January. (Samantha Lee-Jacobs)

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It has been a decade of splendour for the Cape Town Carnival having lit up the streets of Cape Town with colour.

Looking ahead to the next 10 years, the 11th carnival will celebrate the “Incredible journey: sounds of South Africa”.

The official theme was launched at Nasdak, the rooftop venue at the Media24 centre, in the CBD on Friday 31 January, beginning the 50 days’ countdown to this year’s event. 

“We started with one float in Long Street with 12 000 spectators,” says Prof Rachel Jafta who has been part of the carnival for several years.

She says, this year, carnival goers can expect to see and hear parades inspired by all local sounds – from marimba to marabi, uhadi to riel – showcasing the music, song, dance and art of our country. 

Jay Douwes, CEO of Cape Town Carnival, says: “We are celebrating 10 years of igniting joy and unity through creativity. Through this project, we have seen the incredible ingenuity and talent of our people and are proud to have been able to provide the platform for locals and international visitors to experience this.”

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

General access to the carnival is free but bleacher-style terraced platform seats are available for purchase (R350 each) along with the ultimate Cape Town Carnival hospitality experience – exclusive raised-platform seating, including drinks and finger foods (R1 390 each). 

Reggy Moalusi, head of corporate affairs for Multichoice South Africa, says: “At the end of the day, we want to enrich people’s lives and make a positive and valued difference. That’s what makes our partnership with the Cape Town Carnival compelling.”

Several exciting floats, along with 2000 performers, will again line the streets.

To close the show, a float inspired by the Afro-future will excite audiences and offer an insight into what organisers believe the future of the country and the carnival will look like.

The Cape Town Carnival will take place on the Fan Walk on Saturday 21 March. 

Thousands of spectators are once again expected to line the streets.

Cape Town mayor Dan Plato says the City is excited to once again be part of the carnival as it is a unique opportunity that unites people from all over the city. Plato says they will continue to enforce their stance on gender-based violence and use their platform to say, “Enough is enough”.

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