December 02, 2013
The Festival of Lights marks the four-week countdown to WDC2014
Born and bred in the Mother city, Leilah lives an average-Jane life in the quiet side of Cape Town suburbia. Her favourite things to do in Cape Town include getting sand in her Havaianas on the beach, and watching the bright city lights on Long Street at night.
Leilah heads up the Content Marketing team at iProspect, so naturally is addicted to all things digital. She is an avid Instagramer who "belongs" to the Igers Cape Town community, and collects memories of her city adventures (instameets) for her Instagram feed, as well as the feed of Cape Town Tourism.
"Instagram makes me see the world through different eyes," she says, yet insists she is not a hipster.
What better way to kick off the holiday season than with the Festival of Lights. If you spent your Sunday afternoon in your camping chair in Adderley Street - or better yet - at the Grand Parade listening to the soulful sounds of our SA musicians, then you know what I’m talking about.
The Festival of Lights is a Mother City tradition that started nearly 40 years ago. On the first Sunday of December, Capetonians flock to the CBD to witness the official "switch on" of the festive street lights that initiates the start of the holiday season. Each year, we look forward to a new design and icons that are depicted within the colourful display lighting up the CBD. Since then, the festival has evolved, and later years even saw the birth of a night market that attracts tourists and locals alike. I love going to the night market because if you’re not really into club-hopping like me, the market is the next best place to be to feel the festive vibe that electrifies Cape Town.
What made this year’s festival special was that it marked the four-week countdown to Cape Town becoming the World Design Capital 2014. And that makes me beyond amped and proud to be Capetonian. Here are some of the highlights from the Festival of Lights free public concert yesterday.
Between 80 000 to 100 000 people gathered in the CBD area for the Festival of Lights as well as the free concert, with artists such as Jimmy Nevis, Mi Casa and The Rockets.
Entertainers on stilts walked around injecting colour into the crowds.
The view from the stage with GoodHope FM DJ Wonderboy
An hour before mayor Patricia de Lille turned the switch to light up the CBD.
And boom! Ending off a spectacular evening with a fireworks display overlooking the Grand Parade.