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November 20, 2013

Festival of Lights Test Run Switches on Cape Town

Members of The Rockets, Executive Mayor Alderman Patricia De Lille, Jimmy Nevis and Members of Goodluck at the testing of the Festival of Lights switch on.

Editor's Note: This article is a republication of a press release issued by Communication Services Africa (C.S.A.) on behalf of The City of Cape Town

The countdown for the switch on of Cape Town’s Festival of Lights began on Tuesday 19 November, 2013, when the Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, was joined by Cape Town entertainers on Adderley Street for a successful test run of preparations ahead of the main event on  Sunday 1 December, 2013.

Local artists such as GoodLuck, Jimmy Nevis, The Rockets  and colourful carnival characters presented a preview of the festivities for the Festival of Lights event.

‘The City has pulled out all the stops with an interesting line-up of summer events to ensure that Capetonians and the thousands of expected visitors are kept entertained this Festive Season. Our main goal is to ensure that everyone is part of the celebration and included in all events. Not only are these events an opportunity to get locals to relax and enjoy the city, but they also create job opportunities,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, Councillor Grant Pascoe.

The ‘big switch-on’ resonates wiith all Capetonians and has become a tradition that has been going for over 45 years. It signals the start of the festive season and will mark the four-week countdown to Cape Town becoming the World Design Capital 2014.

The City of Cape Town is gearing up for a bumper Festive Season with a line-up of popular events guaranteed to attract thousands of residents and visitors to the city. The influx is also set to boost the local economy and contribute to job creation.

Over the following two months, tourists and locals will never be short of entertainment, with Reconciliation Day festivities on the Fan Walk (16 December), the Nagtroepe/ Minstrels Choir Parade (31 December), not to mention the feature event, the New Year’s Eve CTWDC Design Event. Kicking off 2014, the festivities include the Tweede Nuwejaar Minstrels Parade, African Nations Championship matches and opening and closing ceremonies (11 January – 1 February).

And, because this year’s Festival of Lights, South Africa’s largest free-of-charge open-air public event, coincides with the start of the four-week countdown to Cape Town assuming its role as World Design Capital (CTWDC) 2014, it is extra special. This historic moment will take centre stage at the City’s  New Year’s Eve celebrations on Tuesday 31 December,2013 – also to be held on the Grand Parade.

For more information, please visit www.capetown.gov.za

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