Cape Town Carnival is back this year

As restrictions are eased and Covid protocols become the new norm, the Cape Town Carnival is one of the events that’s back on the calendar.

This year it will take place on Saturday March 19.

“We’re driven by the fundamental belief in the power of creativity,” said Professor Rachel Jafta, chairperson of the Cape Town Carnival Trust..

“This year’s carnival will move people like never before. Literally. Visitors curate their own experience as they move between five distinct outdoor carnival hubs across the city,” explained CEO Jay Douwes.

“They get to explore the city, its streets, restaurants and galleries, while enjoying vibrant performances, installations and attractions.”

From 2.30pm until 9.30pm, each carnival hub will host five consecutive shows celebrating the diverse cultures and stories of Cape Town. Revellers will be able to choose how many hubs they visit, in any order, at a showtime that works for them.

The hubs will pop up at five well-known city landmarks. Explore the Mountain of Memories at Hatfield Street Hub and Cultural Roots at the National Gallery Hub. Marvel at Tales of Camissa at the SA Museum Hub, while Umswenko will bring the passion to the Heritage Square Hub and The Drum Era will come to life at the Green Market Hub..

The Carnival has historically been a free event, but this time, you’ll need to confirm attendance and supply Covid-19 track-and-trace info by purchasing a R10 ticket per show.