Mother City Queer Project

The Mother City Queer Project is full of fun. © Cape Town Tourism

A fabulous affair

The Mother City Queer Project, the highlight of the gay calendar, kickstarts the summer season in Cape Town. The fancy-dress bash, held every December in Cape Town, South Africa’s “gay capital”, is the city’s most outlandish celebration of all things queer!

The ink forbidding discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation had scarcely dried on South Africa’s interim constitution when plans for the first Mother City Queer Project (MCQP) were launched.

The year 1994 saw the end of apartheid in South Africa and the recognition of all people as equals. The country’s most flamboyant affair was launched in the same year to celebrate the “new” South Africa, giving gays and lesbians an opportunity to show their pride.

The MCQP takes the form of a themed fancy-dress party and maintains a “no costume, no entry” policy. Each year’s fanciful theme prompts party-goers to get creative – unique, outrageous and revealing outfits are the order of the day.

The MCQP’s quirky themes have included, “The locker room”, “Farm fresh”, “Kitsch kitchen”, “It’s a circus” and “Lights, camera, action!”, while venues have ranged from the Ratanga Junction theme park to the Castle of Good Hope – South Africa’s oldest building.

Revellers, in their finest – and most extravagant – attire arrive at the MCQP venue where they party until the early hours of the morning, only to move on to some of the most legendary after-parties in the country.

This funky and uniquely Cape Town event attracts thousands of young and old, local and international, and gay and straight party animals, each coming to experience the magic of the Mother City’s most over-the-top affair.

Described as “Africa’s biggest queer bash”, the MCQP rivals gay festivities as far afield as San Francisco. The MCQP, truly a one-of-a-kind event, is one of the continent’s most fabulous celebrations and considered by many to be the start of the spectacular South African summer.

The 2012 MCQP event is happening on December 15.

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