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December 13, 2012

Mother City Queer Project 2012: Are you ready for queens and fairies?

A previous MCQP party. Photo courtesy of This is Gill 


 Tick tock, tick tock, the clock's counting down to the 19th annual Mother City Queer Project (MCQP), which takes place on Saturday 15 December at the fabulous Cape Town Stadium.

If you have dallied about going there is still time to buy tickets which are available at R290 and R450 for a VIP ticket. Tickets can be purchased via Computicket.

The MCQP is the largest and zaniest costume party in the city and has received many accolades over the years, cementing it as a festive season must-do.

The theme for this year's MCQP is Fairy Tale Fantasy – so have you and your consorts found the perfect shade of blonde wig? Is the huntsman armed with his axe? And perhaps more importantly, does the evil queen have an apple?

Perhaps there are a couple of frogs in the wings, hoping to be kissed by pretty princesses – or princes, or a clutch of dwarves ready to rescue a damsel in distress ... Tweet pics of you in all your finery and mention @CapeTownTourism.

After weeks of agonising over costumes and whether or not one's feet are going to fit into those glass slippers, the time is almost here for fairy godmothers to wave their wands and make wishes come true. 

Saturday is going to be magical. The stadium, all sparkly and white during the day and like a lit-up castle at night, is going to be host to up to 11 000 revellers.

Taking the theme to heart at the MCQP. Photo by Simon Deviant David, courtesy of MCQP


As usual, the madness of the MCQP would not be complete without a stellar line-up of performers. Lady Gaga and Britney Spears impersonator Derrick Barry is taking a break from his Las Vegas show Divas Las Vegas to cast a spell on MCQP fans, while international and local DJs will also pump up the volume on the dancefloors and four experiential areas, each with its own theme and music style.

Different areas of the stadium are being transformed into the magical and the mystical, and promise to please even the most pernickety Queen, who will have her choice of swanning down the Red Carpet Entrance, being charmed at the Enchanted Garden, or dance at the Live Band Stage. Other areas include Alice’s Winter Wonderland main house dancefloor, the Little Mermaid-dedicated disco dancefloor; then there is the Manhunt Ali Baba entertainment floor with Health 4 Men’s X Factor room, the Tom Thumb Trance Dance floor, a Fairy Godmother Fag Trash Anthem Cabaret area, dedicated Smokers Lounge,  food concessionaires as well as stalls and funfair-based revelry where one can take a magic carpet ride to Neverland. 

Live performances start at 9pm. Event director Ian McMahon has urged partygoers to not be fashionably late, but rather to be on time and avoid the rush.

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