2008-12-15: See in 2009 with a smile at the Joburg Carnival
This New Year’s Eve, the Joburg Carnival will once again give Joburgers the opportunity to don their glad rags, bid farewell to 2008 and party their way into 2009.
Now in its fourth year, this vibrant annual event celebrates the best of Jozi – its spirit, its energy, its creativity, its vibe and, most importantly, its people. With its theme of Nyakaza, the carnival pays tribute to a buzzing city that’s on the move.
The cherry on top of this year’s street parade through the inner city will be a free New Year’s Eve bash at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, featuring acts such as Freshlyground, KB, Wonderboom and MXO.
Hosted by the City of Joburg and the South African Police Services, the Joburg Carnival aims to provide residents – especially the youth and residents of the inner city – with a free, safe and enjoyable activity to participate in on New Year’s Eve.
Communities from all over the city have been taking part in carnival camps prior to the main event, during which budding artists are trained in various carnival-related arts, equipping them with skills that could eventually earn them a livelihood.
On 31 December, the various carnival troupes, choirs and bands will assemble in Kotze Street, Hillbrow, before embarking on a parade that is set to rival Rio in its zest, colour and sheer ebullience. From 2pm, residents are encouraged to come along and witness the spectacle as the procession heads through Braamfontein towards the Nelson Mandela Bridge – or why not grab a funny hat, make up your face and join in the fun?
“The carnival atmosphere captures Joburg’s unique urban flavour – it’s always a joyous and uplifting experience that symbolises the melting pot of cultures making up this edgy, world-class African city,” says Steven Sack Director of Arts, Culture and Heritage.
After the cheery multicultural mayhem reaches Newtown, the stage will be set for a free concert at Mary Fitzgerald Square, hosted by the City of Joburg and SABC2 and broadcast live by the channel.
From 6pm to 2am, about 30 000 revellers are expected to converge on the square to end the year on a high note, thanks to a top-notch local line-up that also includes Gang of Instrumentals, Bleksem, Howza, Fikile Mlomo, DJ Zan D and DJ Zee.
No alcohol, weapons or fireworks will be allowed into the venue, although a beer tent will be available and a fireworks display will light up the night sky. The police and emergency services will also be on hand to ensure that the evening’s festivities run smoothly.
This New Year’s Eve, be sure to experience the excitement of the Joburg Carnival – it’s your city, so make the most of its incomparable vibe!
Media queries for the carnival please contact:
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