Spectators to bask in the warmth of the Tsogo ‘Sun’ in 2015

The Cape Town Carnival is blessed to have some very committed corporate sponsors and Tsogo Sun have once again shown their support for Africa’s most glamorous Carnival by sponsoring a float in the 2015 procession.

The blazing light, warmth and energy of the sun is embodied in the warmth of African people – expressed through movement, dance and music and visually conveyed through warm colours, geometric shapes, light and radial patterns.

On Carnival night 14 March 2015, the iLanga – The African Sun will 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 a sparkling lead performer, celeb comedian and actor Siv Ngesi, with the rays of the sun appearing to radiate from his heart.


iLanga – The African Sun is built on a 3-wheeled trolley style of float apparatus that allows for more mobility and movement than a standard 4-wheeled float chassis format.

Lighting built into the float is integral to its impact, animating in several rows of pattern from a glowing centre. Reflective highlights applied to the surface of the Sun add to the effect of shine and reflection from all available light. The overall effect of strong lighting with pattern, shape and size will make it clearly visible from far away as it approaches.

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The graphic impact of powerful locally-inspired patterns, warm colours and lighting combined with bold costume and energetic performance will make iLanga – The African Sun an experience to be enjoyed and remembered.

Elephant-sized spectacle awaits on Carnival Day!

The theme for Cape Town Carnival 2015 is ELEMENTAL – Earth, Water, Fire and Air.  Each section of the parade will showcase an intriguing aspect of these unstoppable forces of nature.  What can you expect to see in ‘Earth’?

African Elephants are the world’s largest terrestrial animal, but their magnificence and enormity still does not protect them from the threat of poaching and habitat loss.

The Carnival’s 2015 Forest Elephant float, created from recycled materials, aims to raise awareness of the vulnerability of our biodiversity.  The float is comprised of a copse of trees, evoking the deep cool green of the forest. A canopy of leaves will reveal a life size elephant made up and out of leaves. The Elephant is the forest, the forest is the Elephant.  Puppeteers will man three tree puppets and create a spectacular moving tableau of an elephant walking through the forest.


Want to know more about the plight of the African Elephant? Find out more about the WWF African Elephant Programme here.

Expect something fishy at Carnival 2015

January finds our design and production teams hard at work creating the magnificent floats and costumes that will wow Carnival spectators on 14 March.

While internal Carnival teams design and build many of the parade floats, we also encourage and actively seek out fantastical moving artworks and floats from external designers and builders across the Western Cape. An exciting example of how the creative team has succeeded in including public participation pieces is the Giant Snoek Puppet which is set to form part of the Water section of the ELEMENTAL themed procession.

The 10-meter long Snoek Puppet will be operated by 8 people in the style of a “Chinese dragon”.  The fish depicted is known locally as a ‘snoek’ (family of the Barracuda) and is central to the culture and natural food chain on the Southern Cape coast.

Giant Snoek SketchThe Snoek Puppet aims to raise awareness in our communities regarding man’s sensitive relationship with the Ocean and her creatures.  This puppet will not only form part of the Cape Town Carnival parade, but will also be used in communities across the South Peninsula over the next year to tell stories of our rich natural and cultural heritage.

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The Giant Snoek at its first trial run at the Muizenberg Festival manned by members of the Muizenberg community.

It is hoped that come Carnival Day, the puppet will be manned by members of the Kalk Bay fishing community. This spectacular piece was designed and built by local False Bay artists Jonah de Lange and Peter Collard.

See this fishy creature ‘swim’ down the Fan Walk on 14 March 2015!

Catch our mini-carnivals at the V&A Waterfront!

That’s right! You can sample a dazzling taste of the 2015 Cape Town Carnival at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre this summer. Each weekend we invite a participating community performance group to showcase their hip-shaking, foot-stomping music and dance talent while our glam lead performers photobomb your selfies in their outrageous ELEMENTAL themed costumes.

Make sure to grab a free Carnival mask which will ensure that you have all the info you need to make 14 March 2015 the most memorable day ever!

Mini-Carnival Dates:

11 January 2015           SambAfrik                                            16:00 – 17:00

18 January 2015           Limited Edition Drum Corps         16:00 – 17:00

25 January 2015          Hip Fusion Belly Dance                     16:00 – 17:00

7 February 2015          TBA                                                             16:00 – 17:00

14 February 2015        Hip Fusion Belly Dance                  16:00 – 17:00                                                                                                       & Zonnebloem Flamenco

28 February 2015       Limited Edition Drum Corps             16:00 -17:00

7 March 2015                SambAfrik                                                16:00 – 17:00

8 March 2015                SambAfrik                                                16:00 – 17:00

See you there!


Call for Vendor Applications for the 2015 Cape Town Carnival

Would you like to be part of the magic that is the Cape Town Carnival 2015 by hosting a stall on the vibrant and festive Fan Walk?

We’re looking for colourful stalls and caravans that will showcase the best of Cape Town – from locally hand-crafted products  to scrumptious food and drink. Space is limited so download the application form below and return it to langa@hilltoplive.co.za by 23 January 2015.

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Call for Design Submissions 2015: What you need to do

Get thinking.
How do you relate to nature & the city?  Take what you care about and make it visible.

Get drawing.
Include a clear drawing of your design concept with your written submission. (Attach a jpeg or pdf)

Get in touch.
Send your proposal in as soon as you can. Use the form below.

If it lights our fire, we’ll get in touch as quick as we can.


Follow us on Facebook here.

And twitter here for updates.

Note: Several existing wheeled bases are available for use (5m x 2m x 1m)
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Call for Design Submissions 2015: What you need to know


The theme for Carnival 2015 is Elemental: our relation to Earth, Ocean, Air, Sun & each other.

What we’re looking for

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Size Restrictions

Maximum Dimensions: 6m x 4m x 7m


Submissions close on 22 September 2014.

Notification by end October.

Carnival 2015 is on 14 March.


Carnival has limited funding available. We welcome co-funding opportunities & encourage you to be innovative in funding your vision.

What is Cape Town Carnival?

Cape Town Carnival is a registered non-profit organization bringing people together to celebrate community, culture & creativity.

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Spier Secret Festival 2014

Food and wine secrets to be revealed at the third Spier Secret Festival

Local and international experts on food and wine will present talks, workshops, tastings and dinner events at the third Spier Secret Festival, which returns to Spier Wine Farm from Friday 24 to Saturday 25 October 2014.

“We are delighted to present the Spier Secret Festival for a third time,” says Annebelle Schreuders, Spier’s Marketing Director. “Ethical food production and responsible tourism are both important to Spier, so we are looking forward to the insights presented from this event.”

The Spier Secret Festival has curated a stellar conference line-up. To date we can reveal the following speakers:

Ole Hansen is a Norwegian salmon smoker. His family business was founded in 1923 in Kirkenes, Norway; today its smokehouse operates in Stoke Newington, London. Hansen is passionate about making salmon taste like his grandfather made it. To achieve this he has experimented with various techniques – according to The Guardian, one method involves him tinkling on a piano as the fish enters the smoking chamber.

Farmer Angus, one of South Africa’s leading biodynamic farmers and activists, will share more about his biodynamic journey at Spier and his brand-new pasture-reared butchery, Cape Veld.

Hannes Bernard & Guido Giglio, the duo behind SulSolSal (South Sun Salt), a global consultancy that uses research, publishing, food and performance to investigate the complex relationships between design, economy and society, with a particular emphasis on the Southern Hemisphere. For the Spier Secret Festival, SulSolSal are collaborating with Farmer Angus and Spier to create a special edition of Carne Do Sol (preserved meat) products that will be served to delegates. Their talk at the conference will focus on food economy and food preservation.

Vanessa Marx is the executive chef of Cape Town eatery Dear Me. She graduated from the Institute of Culinary Arts in the Cape Winelands in 2005 and has worked in kitchens across Europe. Marx is passionate about creating fresh food using seasonal, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients.

Last year Vanessa received Eat Out magazine’s Rising Star Award for promising young talent.

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The Market

On Saturday 25 October, the Festival’s popular Spier Secret Market showcases the full range of Spier’s wines, accompanied by a special food and wine pairing section and the very best local produce. Spier will host some of the Western Cape’s best small producers, bakers, street food vendors, food trucks and restaurants. There will be plenty of farm-style entertainment for kids with Farmer Angus’chickens, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides and Spier’s giant chicken jumping castle. The market is open to the public from 9:00 – 15:00; entry is free.


Secret Dinners will once again form part of the build-up to the Festival. This year a twist will be added: the dinners will be transformed into cinematic eating experiences where guests will eat and drink with characters from the movies.

Tickets and accommodation

All bookings for conference tickets can be made through quicket.co.za and bookings for special hotel accommodation packages can be made at 021 809 1100 or reservations@spier.co.za.

Stay updated

Follow the official hashtag #spiersecret on Twitter and Instagram for regular updates on Secret dinners and conference speakers. You can also visit our websites at www.spier.co.za, www.spiersecret.co.za and The Spier Secret Festival on Facebook for updates and information.

Contact Hannerie Visser (hannerie@spiersecretfestival.co.za) for more details

Apply for a position as Carnival’s PR and Digital Media Coordinator

Be a part of one of the most electrifying, creative and fun events on Cape Town’s event calendar! Are you proactive, creative and detail orientated? Do you have a passion for Cape Town and its people?

The Cape Town Carnival is looking for a skilled PR and Digital Media Coordinator to join our innovative and vibrant team.

Staging an event that draws crowds of over 55 000 people takes an enormous amount of work and the ideal candidate will need to be able to think on his/her feet, remain calm and productive under pressure and work well within a close-knit team.

Duties and responsibilities:

  1. Develop and implement communications and media strategies that successfully deliver information and key messages to the public and other relevant stakeholders.
  2. Coordinate all PR activities and monthly reports
  3. Coordinate of creative/PR/marketing material production
  4. Create and maintain exceptional media relationships (television, radio, print and digital)
  5. Collate and analyse media coverage
  6. Coordinate and oversee our digital campaign including social media platforms
  7. Liaise with stakeholders and sponsors to maintain and build relationships as well as ensure sponsor brand exposure within marketing and PR campaigns
  8. Write press releases and digital content.
  9. Assist with event management, including strategy and concept creation, planning, budgeting
  10. Represent the organisation at industry and social events


  1. Minimum two years PR work experience in a PR agency
  2. A good knowledge of the South African media landscape and the ability to create story angles for a multitude of publications
  3. Exceptional writing skills
  4. High level of computer competence: MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), web and social media. Ideal candidates will be adept at WordPress and be able to upload and format posts.
  5. Familiar with Photoshop and be able to re-size images. Any design skills are an added bonus.

To apply, please submit:

  • a CV
  • a two page portfolio of a PR campaign you have worked on detailing your contribution
  • a short sample of your writing (e.g. press release, blog post or article)

Email to shelley@capetowncarnival.com

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applications close on Monday, 18 August 2014. Successful candidate will be required to start on 1 September 2014. If you are not contacted within two weeks of submitting your CV, please consider your application as unsuccessful.


Meet our Community Groups: Theatre Through Motivation

Theatre Through Motivation (TTM), is a non-profit organization which started in 2008 by one of the community members Masizole Mafana. His vision is to bring change in his community by introducing different forms of art as he himself is a performer. He is a drama facilitator, actor and a dancer.

When he started the group in 2008, the group rehearsed in the shack that he ha built in his yard. “I approached the school in the area to find out if it was possible for my group to rehearse there, but the principal said no” says Masizole. The group consists of 40 members of which only 20 participated in the Carnival. The space was small and got crowded, and was almost impossible for the group to rehearse in winter. They then managed to find rehearsing space, but because his group had no funding, he is struggling to pay rent.

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The organization has grown by having a dynamic and unique approach to theatre development. As a trendsetter of this kind of development in the rural area of Paarl and Kraaifontein, it is clearly evident that the growth of the theatre in these rural regions is influenced by TTM’s profile style and ability to continually raise a bar both on excellence and innovation.