The Cape Town Carnival returns to Covid-19 safe in-person experience!

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Cape Town Carnival
Cape Town Carnival
Photo: Supplied by Cape Town Carnival

  • The Cape Town Carnival will return on 19 March, since it was first postponed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The in-person event has been reinvented as a hop-around, pop-up experience across five different hubs.
  • Tickets to the in-person experience, celebrating the city's diverse cultures and stories, cost R10. 

The Cape Town Carnival returns on 19 March, after a 2-year break

Instead of floats and large crowds lining the streets, the Cape Town Carnival 2022 has been moved to five different hubs, adhering to Covid-19 health and safety protocols. Festival-goers will enjoy 30-minute shows and performances while exploring Cape Town's streets, restaurants and galleries.

Adhering to the number of people allowed in a venue, the hubs will be sanitised before every show and visitors will be screened on entry, with compulsory mask-wearing in place. There will be a 1-hour interval between each show for venues to be sanitised, and it will take a visitor about 10 to 15 minutes to enter a hub as they go through Covid-19 screening protocols and ticket check-in.

"This year's Cape Town Carnival will move people like never before. Literally. Visitors curate their own experience as they move between five distinct outdoor Carnival Hubs across the city," explains Jay Douwes, CEO. 


On 19 March, the Cape Town Carnival 2022 will take place at five different hubs from 14:30 to 21:30 on the day: The Mountain of Memories at Hatfield Street Hub, the Cultural Roots at the National Gallery Hub, the Tales of Camissa at the South African Museum Hub, Imswenko at the Heritage Square Hub, and The Drum Era at the Green Market Hub.

Visitors will be able to visit any or all of the differently colour-coded hubs, in any order, at a designated timeslot. Each hub has varying capacity depending on the size of the space, ranging between 2 000 to 4 500 attendees.

"We're driven by the fundamental belief in the power of creativity. This inspired the Cape Town Carnival team to find a new way to bring joy to the city once more."
Professor Rachel Jafta, chairperson of the Cape Town Carnival Trust

The Cape Town Carnival has historically been a free event, but Cape Town Carnival 2022 will require pre-booked attendance with visitors supplying Covid-19 track-and-trace information through booking and purchasing a R10 ticket per person, per show, at the official Cape Town Carnival website

For R50, a visitor will experience five different and unique shows. 

Tickets for Cape Town Carnival 2022 will also be sold on the day at each of the five hubs, online at the official website, or, or at Pick n Pay. One ticket is valid for one show at one of the five hubs.

No food or drink will be sold in or at the hubs, but the Cape Town Carnival partnered with local businesses and restaurants in the area where visitors will be able to buy food and refreshments. People will not be allowed to eat or drink inside the hubs since the Carnival wants visitors to enjoy the experience with their masks on.

Covid-19 temperature screening will be done before someone can enter a hub, a visitor must wear a face mask, children over the age of 6 will need to wear a mask, and sanitisers will be available at the entry to each hub.

"Outdoor dining, open-air experiences and the reimagined Carnival hubs, we're excited to bring people together and support local businesses in a Covid-safe way."
Geordin Hill-Lewis, Cape Town mayor

Collen Dlamini, group executive for corporate at MultiChoice, with the pay-TV company that is one of the partners of the Cape Town Carnival 20220, says: "The Carnival has a tremendous social impact and MultiChoice is proud to be able to once again be a partner in this celebration of culture that creates opportunities for community participation and networking, builds social cohesion, creates jobs and drives tourism".

Brad Baard, Cape Town Carnival creative director, says: "The ultimate vision of the Cape Town Carnival is that we come together, see each other, appreciate each other and celebrate each other".

Media24 and are partners of the Cape Town Carnival 2022.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24