The City of Johannesburg has had to pull the plug on the 2018 Carnival as a result of financial constraints.
“It is with great regret to inform residents of the Johannesburg, the arts community and our patrons that the City has cancelled the 2018 Carnival as it has been unable to raise enough money on time," said Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development Cllr Nonhanhla Sifumba.
The Joburg Carnival has over the years contributed immensely to the creative industries as a vehicle of employment, contributing to the City's Economic Development Plan. The 2017 edition of the Joburg Carnival recorded growth in all facets, which included the number of participants, number of jobs created and number of SMMEs supported through the Carnival. There was also an increase in the number of creative practitioners employed.
The Carnival is not only a celebration of our collective identity and a platform for residents to showcase their unique cultures, and thus contribute to social cohesion in the City – but is also an opportunity for corporates to showcase their business offerings to the residents of the City.
The cancellation of the Carnival for 2018 does not take away from the City's commitment to social cohesion and unity, but will give the City enough time to deliver a bigger Carnival in 2019.
“I am aware that the most adversely affected by this cancellation are the creative practitioners who look forward to the employment opportunities the City provides them. I would like to apologise to them especially for the inconvenience this cancellation causes.
“I would also like to appeal to the private sector to partner with us as sponsors, to not only give back to the people of the City, but to also use the Carnival as a showcase of their products and services," said MMC Sifumba.
She said the City was committed to the development and advancement of arts, culture and heritage. Despite all the resource challenges that come with staging a project of the Carnival's magnitude, the City has committed to avail resources and continue fundraising for the 2019 version of the Joburg Carnival and the years following.
The Joburg Carnival is one of the flagship programmes in the City and we will over the next three years invest in its growth and development.