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Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

The traditional Capetonian start of the Festive Season. The Grand Parade will house a line-up of A list artists for a free celebration and the mayor will light up Adderley Street once the sun sets.

Each year thousands of Capetonians and visitors enjoy the celebration. This event is indeed a key example of how we are building an inclusive city as we come together to enjoy safe fun and the best in local entertainment.

The performers set to take the stage at the annual City of Cape Town festive lights switch-on from 16:00 on Sunday 3 December 2017 include:
• Baby Boy
• Paxton (Idols finalist)
• Soul Kulture
• Heavenly Quartez
• Koos Kombuis
• Vicky Sampson
• Craig Lucas (winner of The Voice South Africa)
• Jimmy Nevis
• Freshlyground
• The Rockets and Friends (celebrating 50 years)
• DJ Reddy D
• MC: Joe Barber and Boeta Gamat

The Grand Parade and surrounding streets will be energised by a shining line-up of fan favourite music acts, ahead of the eagerly awaited illumination moment at 20:30. The concert will end with a spectacular 3D video mapping display. As always, the first crossing in Adderley Street will carry a brand new light attraction that this year will spark the 2017 theme: Cape Town celebrates summer.

The festive lights switch-on is always a highlight on the city’s annual events calendar, as it is a wonderful family occasion for young and old to enjoy. Attracting not only local residents, but visitors from afar, all are met with a warm and true Capetonian reception – something the city has now become known for around the world, as Cape Town celebrates its status as the ‘Events Capital of Africa.’

Rounding out the line-up will be the winners of the City’s Festive Lights Challenge music video competition, now in its second year. Chosen by Capetonians through an online public voting system on Indi.com, the winning up-and-coming artist or band will perform at the festival on 3 December and also receive a fantastic cash prize of R10 000. Entrants need upload a performance video via the indi.com mobile app and share it to their social channels. The more votes the entrant gets, the higher their standing on the ‘buzz meter’. The artist with the most ‘buzz points’ will be crowned the winner. The Festive Lights Challenge is on until 28 November 2017.

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