The annual Cape Town Carnival will ignite the Mother City with life for the third time on Saturday March 24 at the Fanwalk, Somerset Street, Greenpoint, bringing together a spectacular celebration of art, music and dance. The Fanwalk will open with street performers at 5pm and the Carnival parade starts at 8pm. This year the venue moves from Long Street to the popular Fanwalk and promises to transform this Carnival corridor into an explosion of colour, music and dance. “Due to the overwhelming support the carnival garnered last year, we had no choice but to move to a larger space to accommodate the continually growing audience.’’ said Jay Douwes, CEO of the Cape Town Carnival.
Unveiling the 2012 theme “Cape to Cairo” at the recent media launch, the Cape Town Carnival will celebrate the rich history and diversity of the city, country and continent. “The Cape to Cairo theme of this year’s Carnival not only celebrates the rich art, music, culture and heritage of the African continent, it also helps raise awareness around important issues like Xenophobia,” said Paul Mashatile, Minister of Arts and Culture. The Carnival parade will include 11 themed Pods with 80 Lead performers in larger than life costumes, nine richly decorated floats and 11 Academies. Each Academy has 150 community dancers and the Cape Town Carnival will bring together 45 community performance groups from 23 different areas in Cape Town. The three best lead dancers on the night will travel to Brazil to perform at the 2013 Rio Carnival.
One of the creative elements in this year’s theme includes an array of dancers that will follow floats, like the majestic African Queen. Food and beverages will be available from the various restaurants, cafes, bars and additional street vendors along the Carnival corridor. MyCiti bus services will be in operation and spectators are encouraged to use public transport on the day to avoid inner city congestion. Late night trains and buses will be provided to take Carnivalistas home after the event. Watch the press and website for updates about road closures and parking.The Carnival parade will be followed by a free street party from 11pm until midnight at the end of the Carnival route (York Street) with DJ Dino Bravo.
* For more information, visit www.capetowncarnival.com, or call 021 446 5296.