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November 25, 2010

Adderley Street lights up

The lights of Adderley Street

The lights of Adderley Street. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

Each year masses of jubilant Capetonians gather in the Mother City to celebrate the onset of the festive summer season. This year will be no different: – On November 28, residents of Cape Town will congregate in Adderley Street to watch the illumination of the festive lights.

At 20h00 Executive Mayor Dan Plato will flip the switch and more than five kilometres of rope lighting will begin to glow above the crowds watching below.

The light display features 12 designs – including one of South Africa’s national flower (the protea) and a nativity scene – and a six metre-high Christmas tree, located at the entrance to the Company Gardens.

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Celebrating Africa’s Greatest City’ and the event is sure to do just that.

The illumination of the lights will be preceded by a star-studded concert, which will begin at 16h00 on the Cape Town Station forecourt. The latest winner of SA’s Got Talent, Capetonian James Bhemgee, will take to the stage, along with Limited Edition Drum Corps (the competition’s third runners-up) and local bands Freshlyground, La VuVuZela and Gang of Instrumentals.

Also scheduled is a carnival parade, which will start at Heerengracht Fountain, move up Adderley Street and end at the Grand Parade. Brass bands, a fire engine transporting Father Christmas, dancers, giant puppets, stilt walkers, carnival characters and colourful floats will all make their way through the bustling street.

“We want to reignite the gees and welcome tourists during the summer holidays,” says Plato.

The mayor adds that this year’s event will have a distinctive green theme – the use of rope lights (implemented in 2006) has halved the event’s energy consumption. The carnival parade will also be celebrating the ‘From Waste to Wonderful’ initiative, with some costumes made from recycled material.

Getting around Adderley Street

Check out www.capetownpartnership.co.za for additional information.

Carnival participants

Carnival participants. Photo courtesy Cape Town Tourism

The City of Cape Town will partially close several streets in the CBD from 09h00 on November 25 to 19h00 on November 29.

The outside lane of Adderley Street (closest to the station) will be closed from Fountain Circle to Strand Street. Additionally, the outbound lane of Strand Street (closest to the station) will be closed from Strand to Buitenkant Street.

On November 28, parking will be prohibited in Adderley Street from 07h00 to 24h00, but special parking areas will be made available at the Grand Parade and in Queen Victoria and Wale Streets.

Both carriageways of Adderley Street and Heerengracht Street will be closed between Bureau Street and Hertzog Boulevard from 10h00 to 24h00 on the day of the event. All side streets leading to Adderley will also be closed.

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