Liberate your IMAGINE-nation at Cape Town Carnival 2014!
Less than three months to go before Cape Town’s biggest, brightest and boldest street carnival bursts onto
the FanWalk in Green Point! The much anticipated Cape Town Carnival is an annual event that captivates
Mother City residents and visitors with a showcase of magnificent large scale floats, outrageous costumes,
and impressively choreographed dance routines.
The organising team are thrilled to announce “Imagine” as the theme for the 2014 Cape Town Carnival and
they promise to stage another sensational event!
“Imagination is the magic ingredient that makes new things possible and transforms old and outdated
ideas. If you can’t imagine it, it’s hard to believe you can do it. We want to tickle people’s imagination with
a sense of possibility,” says Brad Baard, the Carnival’s Creative Director.
This year the official poster artwork conveys Cape Town Carnival’s theme stronger than ever. With a hint
of African circus flavour, the joyous main character is overflowing with fun forms of imagination literally
popping out of her head. This playful and lively image is intended to create a sense of anticipation and
curiosity to attract people to the event.
Creating the reality of a shared celebration of cultural diversity and creativity that brings us all the people
of South Africa together, is part of the Cape Town Carnival’s mission. It’s one of the reasons that the
Carnival was selected as an official project of World Design Capital 2014.
The Cape Town Carnival is a glamorous celebration of African identity, diverse communities and cultures,
and the transformative power of creativity.
Each year the Carnival organising team engage in thorough research and planning to ensure that the
selected theme is not only of high entertainment value, but that it also tells a fascinating story while taking
spectators of all ages and ethnic groups on a journey of creative discovery.
In 2012 the Carnival took spectators from “Cape to Cairo”, depicting some of the breathtaking wonders of
our country and the African continent, including Kenya’s Masai tribe, Tanzania’s bright pink Flamingos and
South Africa’s own giant Crocodiles.
In 2013 the Carnival attracted an estimated 55 000 spectators and brought “African Legends” to life. Floats
were inspired by mythological stories like Van Hunks and the Devil, The Flying Dutchman and the Khoisan
folklore of the Mantis and the Moon.
From 3 pm on 15 March 2014 Carnival-goers are encouraged to Own Your Streets as the Fan Walk turns
into a pedestrian walkway filled with fun, food and folk enjoying the freedom of their city streets. The
parade begins as the sun sets at 7:30 pm and is anticipated to last about 2 hours. Spectators can then party
the night away at the Carnival end-party which will feature DJ Fresh and South African super-band MiCasa.
In 2014 the Carnival strives to maintain its incident-free record and the CCID will once again ensure the
safety and security on the Fan Walk – all to make sure that the public’s Cape Town Carnival experience is
nothing short of spectacular!