2021 CAPE TOWN CARNIVAL POSTPONED TO NEXT SUMMER
The Cape Town Carnival, which is traditionally held in March every year to celebrate the creativity and diversity of Cape Town and South Africa will be postponed until next year, the organisers have announced.
Without this event, which brings together more than 40 energetic and talented community performance groups and individuals from across the metropole and includes 2 000 participants, spectacular floats, giant puppets and extravagant costumes, Cape Town will certainly be less colourful – but the organisers believe safety comes first.
However, that doesn’t mean that Covid has put paid to creativity yet again.
Instead, the Cape Town Carnival looks forward to hosting an exciting new live-event format in five access-controlled locations in the city during summer of 2021/2022. It is working closely with its funding partners and the City of Cape Town to find innovative way to unlock much of the energy that makes this spectacle a highlight of the annual calendar.
Jay Douwes, CEO of Cape Town Carnival, points out that, because the Cape Town Carnival works hard to inspire joy and unity through creativity, this year has challenged the organisation to do this in ever more creative ways than ever before.
“We are so grateful for the support of our funding partners. They have enabled us to continue to implement creative community programmes and provide seasonal work for artists and artisans. Going forward we are focusing on delivering training programmes in various fields funded by Multichoice and exploring opportunities to dance and celebrate South African culture through our regular online workshops,” he says.
Chairperson of the Cape Town Carnival Trust, Professor Rachel Jafta, adds: “The active participation of community group leaders, performers, artists and artisans throughout the year continues to bring together people from all sectors of our society with diverse cultural backgrounds, inspiring and supporting one another. The mutual support that participants have shown during the pandemic has been phenomenal.”
The valued partners of the Cape Town Carnival are the City of Cape Town, MultiChoice, DStv, Media24, Kfm, 24.com, the Western Cape Government, Tsogo Sun Hotels, the Western Cape Tourism, Trade & Investment Agency (Wesgro), ASLA DEVCO and Peninsula Beverages.
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