We Love Africa: Cape Town Lights fest set to be smashing party


Cape Town - This year the City's Festival of Lights will be celebrated under the theme. 'We Love Africa'. 

The celebration is line with the goal of building an inclusive city - a mission to establish Cape Town as the gateway to Africa. 

The City will launch the summer holiday season with a star-lined party, covering the Grand Parade and all the way up Adderley Street. 

As always - Adderley Street will be transformed into a popular street party for all round family fun. 

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Expect an abundance of good street food stands and stalls offering a variety of festive season shopping opportunities. 

When the clock strikes 20:30, the City's Executive Mayor Patricia De Lille will flip the switch to illuminate the city's historic thoroughfare and kickstart the festive season of 2015. 

The year the mayor will be joined by four children, chosen through the a competition, to help her light up the city - a signal of inclusivity and unity. 

Leading up to the turning on of the lights, expect live entertainment, music and excitement on the Grand Parade opposite the castle. 

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Artists performing on the day include:

Three-time SAMA winners, Mafikizolo

Multi-Award winning rapper and 'Man of the Moment', Cassper Nyovest

Cape Town-born pop sensation, Jimmy Nevis

School Superband, Groove Essentials

Afrikaans-Sotho singer/rapper, Snotkop

Electronic jazz fusion hit-makers, Goodluck

Comedienne, Shimmy Issacs. 

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Three large LED screens located on the Grand Parade will ensure everyone can follow the action on stage - with an additional screen on upper Adderly.

This much-loved annual event once again expects thousands of citizens to travel to the city centre. 

Note to travellers for the day

All streets leading off Darling Street will be closed from 10:00 until midnight on the day. No parking will be permitted in Darling Street and Adderley Street from 06:00 until midnight. Details of road closures will be advertised. 

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For those who won't make it to the city, enjoy some of the City's festive displays and lights lit up in Athlone, Atlantis, Bellville South, Bonteheuwel, Brooklyn, Crawford, Delft, Fish Hoek, Garden Village, Grassy Park, Gugulethu, Hanover Park, Heathfield, Heideveld, Hout Bay, Langa, Lavender Hill, Lwandle, Maitland, Macassar, Manenberg, Valhalla Park, Mitchells Plain, Nyanga, Nomzamo, Philippi, the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Sea Point, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Somerset West, Strand and Sybrand Park.

What you need to know about the City's largest free festive season celebration...

When: Sunday 6 December 2015Time: 16:00 - Turning on the lights 20:30

Where: Adderly Street

For further details on road closures and the event visit the City's website for more information. 

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