After a two-year Covid-19 absence, Cape Town Pride is back for its 2022 outing this month, with an already sold-out festival day.
The most visible event of Cape Town Pride is of course the parade, which is set to take place at noon on Saturday 26 February and to which all are welcome to attend.
It’s immediately followed by the post-parade festival afternoon that’s packed with entertainment at the Green Point Track from 13:00. But there’s a catch; the Covid-19-limited 2,000 tickets have all been sold.
“At present, the event is sold out due to number restrictions set out by the government, but we are waiting for positive news in the upcoming days for some relaxation of these numbers,” said Thomas Patterson from OUTReach Africa, organisers of Cape Town Pride.
He noted, however, that “There are many other events on the calendar for people to attend.”
These include Pride Roller Disco (18 Feb), Mr and Miss Cape Town Pride (19 Feb), a Cape Town Pride Hike (20 Feb), Bookcase (21 Feb), and the Cape Town Pride Hero’s Awards, SAIDA Awards and Charity Auction (24 Feb).
The official afterparty is on 26 February on Long Street and the festival’s climax, the Cape Town Pride Proms, is on 9 March.
Dubbed the “new jewel in the Cape Town Pride crown”, the Cape Town Pride Prom promises a glamorous night of music showcasing local talent. Modelled on the world-renowned BBC Proms, it will feature the full Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra accompanying both well-known singers and new talent, including the Cape Town Youth Choir.
With tenors and sopranos on stage, the event will take place at the Artscape Opera House, and will boast a variety of musical styles and genres.
Three Tons of Fun, the iconic, larger-than-life ladies who perform at Pride every year, will also be included in the line-up. The theme connecting the music is that it was either written or performed by LGBTI+ people.
Notable honorary guests will include the Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde, the Mayor of the City, Geordin Hill-Lewis, as well as other high-profile LGBTI+ celebrities.
The funds raised through Cape Town Pride 2022 will be allocated to the Nkoli House Project, named in honour of the late queer activist and anti-apartheid campaigner, Simon Nkoli. The project aims to build an LGBTIQ+ community centre and LGBTIQA+ senior citizens home.
- The Cape Town Pride Parade on 26 February kicks off at 12:00, departing from Alfred Street in De Waterkant.
- For details on all other Cape Town Pride events, visit the Cape Town Pride website or Facebook page.
In pics | Cape Town Pride Parade 2020