It’s festival time in Cape Town

Cape Town is gearing up for festival season with many carnivals, creative and music events coming up later this month and throughout March.

As part of Infecting the City, an annual public arts initiative presented by the Africa Centre, free performance art and happenings are staged in public spaces in the city. This year’s theme, Treasure, is about drawing attention to undiscovered or little-known cultural gems such as Xhosa stick fighting; goema in full symphony; a form of Sufi mysticism, ratiep, brought over to Cape Town by Indonesian slaves; and flash mobs by inspirational artists, from February 21 – 26, 2011.

Cape Town Pride, the city’s next “pink” festival is scheduled for February 24 – March 6, 2011, an eleven-day celebration incorporating events such as a Mr and Ms Cape Town Pride Pageant, a Pink Ball and the Pride Parade. The different aspects of the celebration will take place across the city, from Cape Town Stadium and nearby suburb De Waterkant to Mzoli’s Place in Khayelitsha.

Among the many community festivals presented by the One City, Many Cultures Project during the month of March, the annual Cape Town Festival is set to take place from March 19 – 21, 2011 in the Company’s Garden. The Cape Town Festival is in its 12th year of celebrating national Human Rights Day, with music performances by diverse local bands lined up for the three-day period.

Now in its second year and inspired by the famous Rio Carnival, Cape Town Carnival 2011 is set to offer a glamorous procession of dancers, entertainers, floats and bikes parading down Long Street in the city centre, after which DJ Fresh will get the street party started. Cape Town Carnival will take place on March 19, 2011 from 20h30.

The annual Community Chest Carnival will take place between March 2 – 5 this year at Maynardville Park in Wynberg. This event is in its 59th year and offers families a weekend of fun, international food and local entertainment.

Like the Cape Town Festival, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is also in its 12th year, and is to be held at Cape Town International Convention Centre from March 25 – 26, 2011. Forty local and international jazz artists, including Grammy Award-winning sensation Esperanza Spalding, are set to keep the crowds entertained on five different stages. In addition, there are Gigs for Kids and numerous musical workshops available to adults.

CEO of Cape Town Tourism Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold urges Capetonians to get into the festival spirit by actively participating in the fun: “The month ahead will be a celebration of all that our colourful, creative city has to offer. It’s going to be an exciting time for residents of the Mother City and much of the action is free, so join in and enjoy sharing your city (and its wealth of inspiring creative talent) with the world.”


For further information, please contact Cape Town Tourism’s PR and Communications Manager Skye Grove at, +27 (0)21 487 6800, or see

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