Local creativity, talent and festivity will be in the spotlight at the Cape Town Carnival on March 19, set to return after a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From 14h30 to 21h30, each Carnival Hub will host five consecutive shows celebrating the diverse cultures and stories of Cape Town, with clean-up in between each show. Visitors can visit as many hubs as they want and in any order.
“Visitors curate their own experience as they move between five distinct outdoor Carnival Hubs across the city,” explains Jay Douwes, CEO of the Cape Town Carnival. “They get to explore the city, its streets, restaurants and galleries, while enjoying vibrant performances, installations and attractions.”
The Hubs will pop up at five city landmarks. Guests can view the Mountain of Memories at Hatfield Street Hub, explore the Cultural Roots at the National Gallery Hub, watch the Tales of Camissa at the SA Museum Hub, attend The Drum Era at the Green Market Hub, and visit the show at the Heritage Square Hub.
“We're driven by the fundamental belief in the power of creativity,” says Professor Rachel Jafta, Chairperson of the Cape Town Carnival Trust.
The Carnival has historically been a free event, but this year guests will need to confirm attendance and supply COVID-19 track-and-trace info by online-purchasing a R10 ticket per show.