A month ago, I received an invitation to be part of The Cape Town Carnival, one of my favourite events in Cape Town. (For those who have been living under a rock these last couple of years, the Carnival is a glamorous celebration of African identity, diverse communities and cultures, and the transformative power of creativity.
The Cape Town Carnival is one of the World Design Capital 2014 projects and its ‘Imagine’ theme pays homage to this accolade bestowed on the Mother City at the beginning of the year.
The theme is “Imagine”, and it will definitely ignite your imagination with endless possibilities. It’s an opportunity to gather together, bring your boldest and brightest moves and enjoy a shared celebration on the city’s streets.
I will be dressed as Protea. I got a sneak peak of my costume this week, and it looks incredible. It’s fantastic to see all the hard work that goes into the design and manufacturing of the costumes and all the floats that take part in this awesome celebration.
With over 2000 costumed performers, a spectacular parade of giant floats and live musicians, not to mention plenty of carnival food on offer and folk enjoying the freedom of their city streets…it’s bound to be a very fun-filled atmosphere.
Everyone is welcome to catch the Green Point Fan Walk transforming into a beautiful carnival hub filled with celebrations and a festive vibe. There will also be a safe and secure street market area to peruse before the spectacular carnival parade starts at 7.30 pm.
Afterwards stick around and party the night away at the carnival end-party, which will feature DJ Fresh and South African super band Mi Casa.
If you can’t be at the carnival, you can follow all the Twitter action via @liezelv and the Official Event Hashtag: #CTCarnival.
So bring your camera, bring your friends and bring your family, and be amazed by the Cape Town Carnival. Own the streets from 3pm.