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November 30, 2009

Cape Town switches on festive lights

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Learning the diski dance with Cape Town Tourism

Cape Town locals and tourists alike were out in their thousands on Sunday, November 29, to enjoy the city’s annual festive lights switch-on. With all eyes turning to Cape Town for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw on December 4, the Mother City shone, providing ample entertainment throughout the day before Executive Mayor Dan Plato hit the festive light switch.

The event, touted as the kick-off to celebrations for the draw, had Adderley Street abuzz, all the way down to Heerengracht. In balmy Cape Town weather, the masses were entertained by Joe Barber, perennial Cape Town favourites The Rockets and Emo Adams, among others. In keeping with the soccer fever currently sweeping the city, a soccer zone gave the numerous soccer fans the chance to meet their favourite players from Cape Town teams Santos and Ajax, while showing off their own soccer skills in five-a-side and foosball tournaments.

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Blow your vuvuzela!

Cape Town Tourism’s very own Diski Dancers delighted the crowd with their soccer-inspired moves, demonstrating South Africa’s 2010 World Cup dance – the Diski Dance.

Even Cape Town’s fashionistas got into the day’s festivities with a fashion show by renowned local designers Gavin Rajah, Craig Port, Errol Arendz, Hip Hop, Rosenwerth and House of Monatic.

The delight on the faces of both young and old was evident as minstrels, floats, soccer personalities, brass bands, stilt walkers and fire dancers ended the day’s proceedings in a 2 000-strong carnival procession, and the newly lit festive lights bathed an already colourful city.

One message was clear – Welcome World!

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