What to expect at Africa’s biggest cultural festival - the Cape Town Street Parade

2018-12-20 19:00
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Cape Town, South Africa - January 02, 2013 : A Cap

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Capetonians and visitors to the city alike can look forward to enjoying the world class Cape Town Street Parade, Africa's biggest cultural festival, on the 2 January 2019. 

Previously known as the Tweede Nuwe Jaar Minstrel Parade, the organisers of the new format Cape Town Street Parade have worked to build an inclusive carnival for everyone who participates in it and who support it – its stakeholders, communities and all cultures and religions.

Minstrel troupes from all areas across the city will perform in the streets of the city centre between Keizersgracht Street in District Six and Rose Street in the Bo Kaap, building on the long tradition and legacy of Tweede Nuwe Jaar, which has been celebrated in the Cape for over 110 years.

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“Last year we saw the best Tweede Nuwe Jaar celebrations that Cape Town has seen in many years. This year we will build on that success and look forward to a spectacular community event that is the biggest cultural event in Africa. We are encouraged by the large number of troupes that have already registered for 2019, and we expect at least 50 troupes to participate on the day,” says Muneeb Gambeno, Director of the Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association (KKKA), organisers of the Cape Town Street Parade.

Gambeno says they have made significant improvements in arrangements for next year, “Based on feedback, we will be making full use of the Grand Parade and the procession will loop its way onto the Parade  in order to create a festival atmosphere and allow more people access to watching it. People attending the event are encouraged to come to the Grand Parade to be a part of the festivities and enjoy the new route onto the Grand Parade. The Coke Gig Rig will be set up for entertainment and a big screen will ensure as many people as possible are able to see. For this reason there will be no gazebos allowed on the Grand Parade.”

Entertainment starts from 12:00, with an opening ceremony on the Grand Parade at around 13:00 and celebrations will continue up until 22:00. The event expects to draw crowds of between 60 000 and 100 000 people, with the live entertainment including artists such as Loukmaan Adams, TDV.91 and other live bands.


Street acts include Street Activation Acts, Football Freestylers, Khoisan Plasterz, Freestyle Dance Crew, Thandi Swartbooi Township Dance Academy, 7 Steps Drumline, 20Sk8 Skate Development and the Bo-Kaap Blikkie Band. Audiences will enjoy a life-sized puppet and can participate in live mural painting with Russel Abrahams and Yay Abe.

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