CITY OF CAPE TOWN
15 NOVEMBER 2015
STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE
The City of Cape Town’s Festival of Lights to be celebrated under the “We Love Africa” theme
In line with our goal to build an inclusive city and our mission to establish Cape Town as the gateway to Africa, the City’s 2015 ‘Festival of Lights’ will be celebrated under the ‘We Love Africa’ theme.
The City will officially launch the summer holiday season, with Cape Town’s largest and most inclusive free festive celebration which takes place on Sunday 6th December 2015 from 16H00.
As always, Adderley Street will be transformed into Cape Town’s biggest and most popular street party, focused on providing family fun.
Stalls will line the street with a variety of offerings as well as early festive season shopping opportunities.
At 20h30, I will once again flip the switch to illuminate the city’s historic thoroughfare and signal the start of the festive season.
This year I will be joined by some special stars, four children, chosen through a competition, to help me light up the Mother City transforming it into a beacon of unity and inclusivity.
In the lead-up to the big moment, crowds will be entertained with the annual free live concert held on the Grand Parade.
This year’s exciting artist line-up includes some of the country’s biggest names and most celebrated artists.
Some of the artists performing in 2015 include:
Three time SAMA winners Mafikizolo; multi-award winning rapper and ‘Man of the Moment’, Cassper Nyovest; Cape Town’s very own pop sensation Jimmy Nevis; All Star School superband Groove Essentials; Award-winning Afrikaans/Sotho singer/rapper Snotkop; the electronic, jazz fusion hit-makers Goodluck and the energetic and highly entertaining comedienneShimmy Isaacs.
Three large LED screens on the Grand Parade will allow spectators to follow all the action on stage, with an additional screen on upper Adderley Street.
The Festival of Lights is always a highlight on the City’s event calendar, as we enjoy the evening with thousands of fans who throng Adderley Street and the Grand Parade.
I look forward to joining the crowd as we celebrate our inclusive city and usher in the time for family and friends and good cheer.
The diverse artist line-up brings the perfect opportunity for everyone in the city to get together and share in the common love of music and entertainment.
All streets leading off Darling Street will be closed from 10:00 until midnight on the day. No parking will be permitted in Darling Street and Adderley Street from 06:00 until midnight. Details of road closures will be advertised.
Other festive lights motifs and Christmas trees will also be lit up in Athlone, Atlantis, Bellville South, Bonteheuwel, Brooklyn, Crawford, Delft, Fish Hoek, Garden Village, Grassy Park, Gugulethu, Hanover Park, Heathfield, Heideveld, Hout Bay, Langa, Lavender Hill, Lwandle, Maitland, Maccassar, Manenberg, Valhalla Park, Mitchells Plain, Nyanga, Nomzamo, Phillippi, Red Cross Children Hospital, Sea Point, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Somerset West, Strand and Sybrand Park.
For details on road closures and information on how to enter the ‘We Love Africa – Special Star Search’ please visit the City’s website: www.capetown.gov.za