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November 17, 2010

Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato to switch on city’s festive lights

City lights

Photo courtesy Development Works

The festive season is fast approaching and Cape Town is getting ready to celebrate all things summer. Many Capetonians say, however, that the season only officially begins when the festive lights are illuminated, high above the city’s bustling streets.

The switching on of Cape Town’s festive lights is the city’s largest public open air event, and thousands gather to watch.

This year, the lights will be switched on by Cape Town Executive Mayor Dan Plato on November 28 at the Cape Town Station Forecourt. Previous years have seen festivities happen at the Heerengracht Fountain Circle, but the location has changed due to construction work in the area.

A handful of top entertainers are scheduled to perform and keep crowds in good spirits, including song-and-dance trio La Vu Vu Ze La as well as stilt walkers and other carnival characters.

To make sure that all goes smoothly on November 28, a test run will happen today, November 17, and artists will be on hand for photo opportunities.

Those who plan to attend tonight’s event are asked to meet at the entrance to Golden Acre in Adderley Street at 19h00.

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