We go behind-the-scenes at the Cape Carnival float workshop!

2015-03-03 14:24

Cape Town – It’s almost Cape Town Carnival time!

The fifth annual Carnival will take to the city’s streets on Saturday, 14 March and this promises to be a celebration of African identity.

This year’s theme is Elemental celebrating fire, water, air and earth.

Tsogo Sun invited us to the float workshop where all the magic happens to check out how their float is coming along. We also got a sneak peek at some of the other floats.

Tsogo Sun’s float, titled iLanga - The African Sun, is set to light up the Fan Walk in a blaze of vibrant orange, yellow and red.

Powerfully costumed lead performers in spectacular patterned headdresses and wide skirts will be accompanied by a high energy group of dancers in matching yellow, orange and red patterned costumes.

They make way for the symbol of the African sun itself: a 5m high and 4m wide Sun mandala pulsating with pattern, light and colour.

The centre of the Sun will form a standing throne for the sparkling lead performer, celeb comedian and actor Siv Ngesi. The rays of the sun will appear to radiate from his heart.

The impressive structure took 600 man hours to build - from the steel work, welding, cutting, grinding, assembling, painting and lighting.

"I’ll be leading the Carnival’s Fire Element procession on the Tsogo Sun float. What I’m wearing is a secret but I’ve heard it’s very little and mainly paint! I can’t wait to be part of this celebration and our awesome Cape Town gees," says Siv.

Here's a first look at some of the other floats that will be in the parade!


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