September 29, 2011
World Tourism Day Cape Town Celebrations – Photos
Cape Town Tourism’s recent celebrations of World Tourism Month culminated in an explosive and vibrant event at the Cape Town Station forecourt on September 27.
The theme for World Tourism Month 2011 is Tourism: Linking Cultures.
Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariette du Toit-Helmbold explains how Cape Town is inspired by culture. “Not only are we a Cape Town of mountains, sea and fynbos, we are also a creative, innovative, design-driven city full of diverse, fascinating people. Cape Town’s real beauty can be found within the many complex, interesting layers of our city, her cultures, her people and the stories that shaped and continue to shape us.”
She also expanded on how Cape Town is a perfect example of a city linking cultures through tourism initiatives:
“Cape Town truly represents this year’s World Tourism Day theme, Tourism: Linking Culture. We may not have perfected tolerance but we do have an intricate history of cultural interconnectedness. The mere sounds of the city, from the bass beat of the taxis and the muezzin of the Mosque to the Noon Gun and the ringing of church bells, Cape Town is a symphony of life influenced by our many cultures, religions and persuasions. European, Middle Eastern and African people have been drawn to this tip of Africa, where they are inspired by the meeting of influences found here,” she said on World Tourism Day.
Cape Town Tourism displayed the diverse culture and heritage of the Mother City in stunning fashion. After a month of prize giveaways of vouchers to major Cape Town attractions and the My Cape Town campaign we rounded everything off with a mix of music through culture at the Cape Town Station forecourt.
From the Gold Restaurant’s Pulse of Mali performers and the Hlanganani marimba band with their vibrant African beats, to colourful Malian puppets and rhythmic dancers, celebrating the Mother City’s cultural diversity was the key focus for the day.. Photographer Deon Gurling paid a lunchtime visit and captured this colourful cultural show.
The performance by the Gold Restaurant’s Pulse of Mali cast has the crowd enthralled
Lively acts at the World Tourism Day My Cape Town celebration include energetic dancers, a vibrant marimba band and colourful Malian puppets
Malian puppets at the World Tourism Day My Cape Town event
Enthusiastic members of the crowd boogie to the pumping African beats at Cape Town Station forecourt
Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariette du Toit-Helmbold and Grant Pascoe, City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member: Social Development & Special Projects, enjoy the World Tourism Day My Cape Town festivities with a few of the performers
All images © Cape Town Tourism