July 19, 2010
Ubuntu Festival – Cape Town celebrates Mandela’s birthday
Flags waving at the Ubuntu Festival. Photo by Deon Gurling
To celebrate Madiba’s 92nd birthday, Cape Town Tourism, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, held a free open-air concert on St George’s Mall yesterday. It was the culmination of a full weekend of activities staged not only to celebrate the great man, but also to instil the spirit of ubuntu he advocated.
The crowds enjoyed the live entertainment and food and also offered their support for worthy causes such as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Western Province Blood Transfusion Service.
Well-known Good Hope FM DJs and live acts, such as CODA and Out of Africa, entertained the crowds stretching from Mandela Rhodes Place to the steps of St Georges Cathedral.
Foodies lapped up the chance to feast on scrumptious meals in the Cultural Cuisine Quarter, which featured both local and international dishes.
While the adults enjoyed the festivities outside, within the Atrium of Mandela Rhodes Place younger Capetonians enjoyed an “I Love Cape Town” colouring-in competition.
With the second annual Ubuntu Festival, the Mother City once again pulled out all the stops, maintaining the momentum of being a top-notch host city for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
“Cape Town is the Mother City for all people, for those who grew up here and for those who made it their home later,” comments Cape Town Tourism Head of Marketing Lianne Burton.
The 2010 Ubuntu Festival captured her sentiments perfectly, making the city’s circle bigger, its communities closer.