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UPDATE: The Full Concert Line-Up (WATCH) for the Festive Lights Switch-On
Free entry, family entertainment. Cape Town's choice performing alongside Dr Victor, YoungstaCPT, Kwesta and all the road closures at the 2018 Adderley Street Festival of Lights
Update: 30 November 2018
Cape Town has voted for the second year in a row to see 18-year-old Nyota Parker perform at the city's biggest free, open-air event. (See why in her music video below.) She takes the stage alongside the likes of Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels, Kwesta, YoungstaCPT and Shekinah – full line-up below, plus watch: all artists' top videos to get you in the mood.
Our team brings you all the info: The theme. The dates. The family entertainment. And all the road closures around the iconic Adderley Street Festival of Lights switch-on in Adderley Street and the Grand Parade in Darling Street on Sunday 2 December.
Photo credit: Bruce Sutherland
THE FAMILY EVENT OF THE YEAR
The event kicks off at 4pm, so get there early because, every year, thousands of locals and visitors come to enjoy the festive atmosphere of this fun outdoor event. There's a food and drinks market for your enjoyment. And, of course, the line-up of top artists.
Watching the entertainers light up the event with their energy and music is a highlight for everyone. Each act has made an impact on the local music scene and highlights how every one of us contributes to shaping a dynamic South African identity.
LINE-UP AT THE 2018 ADDERLEY STREET FESTIVE LIGHTS SWITCH-ON
· Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels
· Emo Adams
· DJ Loyd
· Sarah Theron
· The Unknown Dance Crew
· Robin Pieters featuring Elwira Standili
CAPE TOWN FAVOURITE: NYOTA PARKER
Eighteen-year-old rapper, vocalist and songwriter, Nyota Parker won the Festive Lights Switch-On Music Challenge for the second year running (voted by the people of Cape Town) and will be performing at the festival. See below, Oh My, the song she sang last year.
And then it's on the the headliners:
HEADLINE ACT: DR VICTOR & THE RASTA REBELS
IDOLS 2018 FAVOURITE, YANGA
AFRICAN HIP-HOP SUPERSTAR, KWESTA
CAPE TOWN RAPPER, YOUNGSTACPT
6-TIME SAMA NOMINEE, SHEKINAH
THE UNKNOWN DANCE CREW from SA’S GOT TALENT
STAR OF KAT & THE KINGS, EMO ADAMS
AFRIKAANS VOCALIST, SARAH THERON
#BEINSPIRING AND MANDELA’S 100TH BIRTHDAY
The 2018/2019 theme for the event is #BeInspiring. This year's theme is a call for Capetonians to stand up and help shape our common destiny; to think about how to use our specific talents to transform our world into a prosperous and unified space for all.
This year marks what would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday. To honour him, we are encouraged to reflect on his life and legacy. Be motivated by the legacy Madiba and good and to help the less fortunate in practical ways.
TOP TIPS FOR ENJOYING THE FESTIVAL
The best hint we can give you is to arrive early. The event starts at 4pm but attendees start arriving in the morning to get a good spot. Camper chairs and cooler boxes are allowed, but no alcohol is allowed. Food and beverage vendors will be available at the event. Follow @espAfrika and #SwitchOnTheLights2018 on social media for regular updates, competitions and more.
2018 ROAD CLOSURES AND PARKING AT THE ADDERLEY STREET LIGHTS SWITCH-ON
The event will start at 4pm and end at 9:30pm. Roads will be affected for build-up and on the event day. Road closures for the event start at 6am on Sunday 2 December until 5am Monday 3 December. There will be no access for buses and taxis to Adderley Street.
No parking is allowed in Darling, Adderley, Lower Plein and Castle Street and roads leading off Darling Street from 9am Saturday 1 December 2018 to 5am on Monday 3 December 2018.
There will be two late trains departing from Cape Town Station on Sunday evening:
- Train 1: Departing at 11pm on the Kapteinsklip line via Pinelands - all stations
- Train 2: Departing at 11pm on the Retreat line via Cape Flats - all stations
Further Notice Access control with a queue chute system at strategic points will be implemented. No drugs, alcohol or weapons will be permitted. Random searches will be conducted at the event for everyone's safety.
Be prepared with our list of things to do on Christmas in Cape Town.
If you need a place to celebrate with your team, have a look at our overview of end-of-year function venues.
You can also explore the list for Kirstenbosch's Summer Sunset Concerts.
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