In an attempt to promote diversity, culture and social cohesion, Cape Town is gearing up for the annual Cape Town Carnival that promises to paint the streets of the Mother City with colour, dancers, music and moving floats on Saturday. This year’s theme is Vuka Ukhanye: Arise and Shine! One of the organisers and head of float design and construction, Angela MacPherson, says humans need a wake-up call, but might need a bit of help with a call-out.
"It’s a call to Cape Town and South Africa to realise our own potential – because there's such potential in our people. It feels like the moment now; it's in our hands. We have to make the change and we can.
We need to change modes if we want our species and our planet to survive." MacPherson says they are not trying to replicate carnivals in countries such as Brazil, rather they are trying to create a multi-cultural South African version of carnival.