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Behind the eye-popping wonders that make the Cape Town Carnival

2019-02-28 16:09

Cape Town - The Cape Town carnival's main workshop in Maitland, Cape Town is where all the magic happens.

The workshop is an epicentre of creativity where this year's theme, Vuka Ukhanye: Arise and Shine! is being brought to life through floats, costume and puppetry.

Interpreting the call to action to be all we can be, this year's floats will include a Monster, to represent conquering your fears, and a giant illuminated marionette 'Vukani' in a glorious parade of performers illustrating how we can shake off limiting beliefs.

With more than 2 200 performers in 54 performing groups from many areas of the broader metropole participate in the Cape Town Carnival, the costume department is managing an incredible feat producing bright, inventive costumes for every participant

Now entering its tenth year, the Cape Town Carnival has proven an economic boom for the city as well. It was calculated that the direct contribution to the city's GDP from the 2018 event alone was R58.5 million. 

More than 50 energetic and talented community performance groups, spectacular floats, giant puppets and extravagant costumes bring the Green Point Fan Walk alive, while thousands of spectators from all over the world converge along the 1.2km parade route.

Be wowed and swept away by the Cape Town Carnival on 16 March 2019. 

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