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It's carnival time for Joburg dwellers

By unknown | Dec 21, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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The year has come to an end and that means it is time for the yearly Joburg Carnival on New Year's Eve.

This year's carnival promises to bring the inner city to a vibrant life and usher in 2008 with a colourful display. In keeping with the city's dynamic urban character and culture, this year's carnival theme is Nyakaza - Joburg on the move, unplugged and in colour.

The carnival has been on for three years.

Steven Sack, Johannesburg's director of arts, culture and heritage services, said: "The main aim of the carnival is to provide inner-city residents with a safe and enjoyable activity to engage in on New Year's Eve."

During carnival camps, in the run-up to the event, artists were trained in the carnival arts such as dance, costume design, sewing, singing, making music instruments, construction of floats as well as welding and carpentry.

On carnival day, the various troupes will assemble at the starting point in Kotze Street. Hillbrow, accompanied by various choirs and bands, musicians and DJs for the grand opening.

The troupes will proceed along the Nelson Mandela Bridge, culminating in performances by the various troupes at Newtown Park from 4pm.


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