More colours than you can name, music that keeps your feet tapping and a fine selection of food stalls, vendors and awesome festive hospitality areas on more than 2km of a culmination of all the excitement that is Cape Town in one Carnival, with an epic street after party!
Every year Cape Town hosts a themed carnival from around 3 in the afternoon to late. Children are welcome to partake in the festivities in the afternoons, and usually find great enjoyment in seeing the phenomenally dressed dancers and the gigantic sculptures of multi-coloured artistic brilliance. Everyone joining the carnival is more than welcome to bring along their dancing shoes, dress up and join in the street dancing.
2016 saw #streetlife being the theme of the day and the intensely outrageous and glamorous entertainment was more than awesome. The carnival is always fully packed with 2015 seeing more than 55000 spectators, it is truly an experience never to forget. Preparation starts from when the previous carnival ends and The Cape Town Carnival 2017 is already being prepared for. Vendors, artists and sponsors are welcome to contact Cape Town Carnival at firstname.lastname@example.org / 021 406 2947. There are seats open for specialty acts, stage performers, carnival costumed groups, self costumed groups lead performers as well as a chance for what the carnival nicknames the pavement specials, these are your buskers, performers and artists who wish to participate in a less formal manner.
Sponsors for the Cape Town Carnival include Mnet, the department of Arts and Culture, DSTV, Coca-Cola as well as Media24 to name but a few. The ticket sales for 2017 open in November 2016 and seated tickets go for as little as R290, a VIP ticket which includes a raised viewing platform, private security, as well as a private DJ, finger foods with a bar of the finest selected beers and wine as well as soft drinks goes for R1300. General access into the carnival festivities is free.
There are restaurants and bars surrounding the roads that the carnival closes to hold festivities and all of them participate in the festive feelings, there is so much to see and do in one carnival that you could not possibly cover it all. There is a downloadable file on the website that allows you to create your own carnival mask, with 9 options the Cape Town Carnival urges spectators to bring along their mask and showcase their own creativity whilst coming to enjoy the carnival of awe-inspiring epic proportions.