Cape Town - The City of Cape Town says the countdown has begun to one of the biggest free New Year’s Eve parties in Cape Town as thousands of people are expected on the Grand Parade on Tuesday to herald in the New Year and to celebrate the city being the World Design Capital for 2014. Set to rival top international cities like New York, Paris and London, which all showcase their iconic locations - the entertainment line-up includes some of the best DJ’s in the country, an elaborate 3D video-mapping display, performers, dancers and a fireworks displa. Festivities set to start at 18:00 and end at 00:30 The video-mapping display will transform the City Hall’s façade into a nostalgic visual tribute to the late Tata Madiba. Local lighting design specialists and Cape Town Design NPC (the agency created by the City to implement and manage the World Design Capital 2014) will combine technology, light and design, to project iconic imagery from Madiba’s life onto the City Hall. The line-up of non-stop entertainment, includes, award-winning electro-pop singer, Toya Delazy and DJs Ready D, Fresh, ClassyMenace, Dr Jules and Mixi playing on top of massive cubes.A unique feature for the night will be a triangular stage, designed to amplify an electro-dance party environment. The stage will come alive with pulsating lights, laser and stage effects. The City Hall will be lit up in colours, celebrating its archetypal design, with Table Mountain a glowing backdrop. "The City of Cape Town has pulled out the stops this festive season to present the very best of the city’s unique and diverse cultures. It is inclusive events like this that unite our communities, and afford us the opportunity to welcome our numerous visitors in a vibrant spirit. This event is part of this administration’s efforts to make Cape Town the events capital of Africa," said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, Councillor Grant Pascoe.This dazzling show will be one of the many exciting elements of a five-minute lighting spectacular in which the City of Cape Town will ascend to its position as World Design Capital 2014 – the countdown to which will begin with lights, music, dance and fireworks. Trenton and Free Radical will take to the stage to get the crowd into the groove with the official “Madiba Jive”. "Not only is this our inaugural New Year’s Eve Party, but it also formally places an international focus on the city as it launches Cape Town as World Design Capital 2014, beginning a year-long focus on design with the aim to develop our people and turn our workspaces, homes, businesses and city into better places," said Councillor Pascoe. The title of World Design Capital 2014 was given to Cape Town by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), which awards this status biennially to cities that demonstrate the value of design as a tool for social, cultural and economic development. The New Year’s Eve celebrations will be followed by the nagtroepe, Malay choirs parading past City Hall, from Keizersgracht, towards the Bo-Kaap Museum, as the official party comes to a close. Along with the triangular stage, event facilities will also include big screens, and music delay towers to ensure revellers do not miss a beat at what will be Cape Town’s most exciting New Year’s Eve event yet.