By Enver Duminy
Things to do this New Year’s Eve in the Mother City
When the clock strikes 12 in Cape Town on December 31, where will you be?
If you are like most laid-back Capetonians, chances are you haven’t even
thought of what you want to do to ring in 2014.
New Year’s Eve for me always conjures the memory of friends gathered around a
roaring braai, reminiscing about the year gone by; children running about,
revelling in the freedom of being allowed to play out in the streets at night and a
feeling of excitement for what’s to come.
As 2013 winds down, we look forward to 2014, a year in which Cape Town will
celebrate its designation as the World Design Capital and South Africa celebrates
20 years of democracy. There is much to be excited about. Happy New Year!
My top New Year’s Eve events include:
New Year’s Eve of Design
This New Year’s Eve promises something extra with the New Year’s Eve of
Design celebration on the Grand Parade officially launching Cape Town’s year as
World Design Capital. The bash starts at 6pm and boasts a line-up of South
Africa’s top DJs and dance artists including chart-topper Toya DeLazy and DJs
Ready D and 5fm’s DJ Fresh.
Visit www.wdccapetown2014.com for more information.
New Year’s Eve at the V&A Waterfront
As one of the Mother City’s most beloved attractions, the V&A Waterfront sure
knows how to host a spectacular year-end bash. From the brilliant fireworks
display at 9pm (for families) and midnight to the fantastic line-up of entertainers;
including proudly Capetonian Grammy Award winners Freshlyground and
comedians Martin Evans and Rob van Vuuren; this free event is a must-do.
Keep the festivities going
Cape Minstrels Carnival
Traditionally known as Tweede Nuwe Jaar, a celebration of when the slaves of
Cape Town were only allowed one day off in the year, 2014’s colourful Cape
Minstrels Carnival has been moved to Saturday, January 4, to accommodate
Muslim residents and visitors who celebrate a holy night on Thursday, January 2.
Darling Street in the City Centre comes alive with the jovial instrumental music,
rhythmic dancing and the bright costumes of the many Minstrels teams. It’s a
great family outing.
* Enver Duminy is CEO of Cape Town Tourism