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December 18, 2013

The biggest NYE Bash in the City: Celebrate WDC2014 in Cape Town

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? ..is the inevitable question on everyone’s lips this time of year. It’s the time of year when people run around like headless chickens trying to find the finest party with which to celebrate the coming of the New Year. I won’t be one of those people this year. For this year, I’ll be at the City’s first-ever New Year’s Eve celebration to officially launch World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.

World Design Capital is a project that I am very passionate about and I am beyond stoked that it is coming to Cape Town. WDC is a movement, if you can call it that, which recognises cities across the globe for their innovation and design. WDC2014 also forms part of a broader vision to transform Cape Town into a sustainable, productive African city, bridging historic divides and building social and economic inclusion.

For Cape Town to be chosen is such a big honour and what better way to celebrate than with the biggest New Year’s Eve party of the City?

Where it’s happening:

DATE: 31 December 2013

TIME: 18:00

VENUE: The Grand Parade

THEME: Live Design, Transform Life


The celebration will be held at the Grand Parade on 31 December 2013. We will witness the parade transformed to a massive dance floor with a stage for DJ performers and live acts that include Toya Delazy and DJ Fresh. A detailed line-up will be announced shortly.

Naturally, the theme of the party is Live Design, Transform Life. Keep this in mind when choosing your outfit for the evening. To celebrate the theme, a lighting extravaganza will initiate the countdown to announce World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 at midnight. I can’t wait!

Other entertainment includes Malay Choirs (the kaapse klopse or minstrels) that will kick off the first hours of the New Year with their renowned “Welcome to Cape Town” song. There’s that one song that always makes me nostalgic for summer in Cape Town - this is the song. Originally written by Nur Abrahams and performed by minstrels on New Year’s Day, this song also makes me super proud to be Capetonian.

I managed to find an amateur YouTube clip of the song, performed by a few of Cape Town's minstrels. Watch it; you can’t help smiling right?

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