Cape Town – Cape Town's vibrant culture is brought to the fore with the annual Cape Town Carnival - set to take place on Saturday, 17 March 2018.
This year the theme to match the Mother City is a well-placed focus on Mother Nature.
The Carnival will showcase the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora and fauna as it depicts Mother Nature in massive floats that range from the seed of life to the indigenous flowers of the region.
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Travellers in the city must take note of road closures over the weekend due to the Carnival. Bus services will also be affected by road closures in the Green Point and CBD area.
Parking restrictions will be enforced in areas adjacent to the Fan Walk on midnight of 16 March 2018 to midnight on 19 March 2018. Vehicle access permit holders can gain access to the following controlled-access vehicle corridors in Somerset Road: Between Upper Portswood and Vesperdene roads, between Exhibition Terrace and Ashstead Road, Between Highfield (including the Son Vida vehicle entrance gate) and Boundary roads.
Here are the road closures that Cape Town residents and visitors need to take note of during the event:
In 2017 over 45 000 spectators witnessed the colourful celebrations of the Carnival. Chairperson of the Cape Town Carnival Trust, Rachel Jafta says, "The Cape Town Carnival is a beacon of unity and hope. It expresses and reflects the cultural diversity and creativity found in the city. Year after year, I see our dream coming to life because the people of Cape Town rise to the occasion."
Nature conscious Carnival
Cape Town’s water crisis will also be emphasised in the carnival as Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille says that the "Mother City, Mother Nature theme ties in perfectly with this, highlighting our dependence on nature".
During the festival, rain water will be harvested to sustain the carnival workshop towards conscious water use.
Creative Director of the Carnival Brad Baard states that "'Mother City, Mother Nature' emphasises the unique identity of Cape Town and its cultural diversity, plus what we create together: a welcoming, inclusive, creative city, consciously connected to nature and each other".
The parade artworks and crafts will be made out of recyclable and repurposed materials to entrench the focus on environmental awareness.