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Theme for Cape Town Carnival Revealed

Theme for Cape Town Carnival Revealed

The theme for the Cape Town Carnival, taking place on 17 March 2018, is ‘Mother City, Mother Nature’.

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In March next year the Cape Town Carnival will proudly showcase the incredible beauty and diversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom, as well as the diverse, resourceful and determined people of the Mother City. Carnival-goers can expect to be wowed by massive floats ranging from a depiction of Mother Nature with the seed of life in her hands, through the spectacular indigenous flowers of the region to the ‘tree of life’ that connects us all.

Patricia de Lille, Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, says, “The Cape Town Carnival celebrates our vibrant, dynamic city bringing people from all over Cape Town together and enhances our efforts of building an inclusive city. We’re proud to be part of an event that attracts visitors to our city and contributes to job creation and economic growth.”

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Brad Baard, creative director of the Cape Town Carnival, says, “Next year’s Cape Town Carnival theme, ‘Mother City, Mother Nature’, emphasises the unique identity of Cape Town and its cultural diversity, plus what we create together: a welcoming, inclusive, creative city, consciously connected to nature and each other.”


This year’s Cape Town Carnival was attended by more than 45 000 enthusiastic spectators who flocked in from around Cape Town and the rest of the province, South Africa and all across the world. Families and groups of friends arrived early to get the best viewpoints along the route for a perfect view, and to buy delicious food and drink, fun memorabilia and sweet treats from the street vendors.

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