| 100 days to the very first Cape Town Carnival!
The city is abuzz with anticipation! Costumes are being made; float designs passed on to builders, dance steps choreographed and lyrics and new melodies memorized. Everywhere, everyone is getting ready for the brand new Cape Town Carnival and Thursday, 10 December 2009 marks 100 days to this auspicious event.
Preparations are underway for the CAPE TOWN CARNIVAL, to be held 18-20 March 2010. 5 groups will be participating in the actual parade, consisting of up to 2000 members per group. The group themes and storylines developed by the participants are "Puzzle Pieces", "The Sea", "Children of the Winds of Change", "Postcards from Cape Town" and "The Streets of Cape Town". The creative elements such as costume and prop design, music, puppets and floats are currently in detailed design and sample development.
Close to 8000 costumes, each one distinctive and expressive of the Carnival group themes, are being painstakingly crafted by Cape Town's community seamstresses.
Original carnival songs are being recorded in studio, all of which were composed by nineteen musicians via the Cape Town School of Songwriting under the helm of Clive Ridgeway, which promises to have spectators jiving along to the beat.
Creative director, Richard Loring (of African Footprint fame) and his team are currently choreographing the dance routines for a mass of 10 000 participants and preparing for this spectacular show.
"The Cape Town Carnival is already happening as we countdown towards 20 March", says Isabel Meyer, the CEO of the Cape Town Carnival. "We have amazing people from across our City mobilised, and already playing their vital part in this event. From community-based performing groups, to professionals such as theatre-makers, architects and designers, to musicians, to ordinary citizens volunteering their time, everyone is passionately collaborating towards making this event extraordinary. Even now, we are inviting performing groups of 20 or more, to still contact the Carnival office to see how they can be part of this," she concludes.
The Cape Town Carnival is an exciting new platform to promote social cohesion and socio-economic development and showcase the heart of Cape Town in an inaugural local event bringing together various communities and industries. The highlight of the weekend will be a parade of five competing groups of performers on the Saturday.
The Carnival promises to give Capetonians and visitors to the City a true taste of Cape Town's unique, diverse and vibrant cultures, creative and performing arts, like never before, presented in a spectacular format similar to such world-renowned events as the Rio Carnival and the Mardis Gras in New Orleans, but maintaining a distinctive flavour found only in the Mother City.
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