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CPT: 2019 Festive Light’s Switch-On with promise of Sho Madjozi

The 2019 annual Festive Light’s Switch-On in Cape Town is due to feature Sho Majozi, YoungstaCPT and many other exciting things.


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The 2019 annual Festive Light’s Switch-On in Cape Town is due to feature Sho Madjozi, YoungstaCPT and many other exciting things.  

Celebrating a whopping 50 years of existence in 2019, The City of Cape Town’s signature event, the annual Festive Lights Switch-On, which to most Capetonians is a must-see tradition for the Christmas spirit, will take place on Sunday, 1 December 2019 at the Grand Parade.

The free open-air event is set to usher in summer and the beginning of the festive season with a star-studded line-up including performances by Sho Madjozi, Ndlovu Youth Choir, YoungstaCPT and more.

What the festive lights mean to us 

“The switching on of the festive lights is something all of Cape Town looks forward to as it signals the start of the festive season. This year’s theme focuses on diversity, which is what Cape Town reflects and different communities across the city are expected to be part of this celebration of togetherness and sharing. 

We look forward to a wonderful evening of music and welcoming the spirit of the season,” said Executive Mayor, Dan Plato.

Appealing to many locals and festive season visitors, it is one of the biggest events of its kind in Cape Town, and certainly one of the most enjoyable.

The entertainment spans all genres and age groups, making this event the ideal place for the entire family to spend quality time together, socialise, eat, sing and dance and get into the festive season cheer. 

Performances to get you moving 

Aside from the acts on stage, the show stopping moments are when the festive lights are switched on and the amazing video mapping displays are shown. 

The artist line-up includes live performances by: 

  • Young performers from The Zip Zap Circus
  • Early B
  • The Unknown Dance Crew
  • Andries Vermeulen
  • YoungstaCPT
  • Gemini 
  • Ndlovu Youth Choir
  • Sho Madjozi

Also performing on the day will be the winner of the Festive Lights Switch-On 2019 Music Challenge. Upcoming musicians can enter for a chance to perform by submitting a video online before midnight on Sunday, 24 November 2019. 

Enter now: http://flsomusicchallenge2019.co.za/

This year’s theme 

This year’s theme is Window to the World, reflecting the diversity that thrives in the Cape. The Festive Lights Switch-On occasion provides citizens with the unique opportunity to come together in unity and show the world just why this city is the number one leading events destination in Africa, and around the globe. 

Festive Light’s Switch-On competitions 

Competitions geared to exemplify the theme will also be activated on the day with loads of cool prizes up for grabs. Follow the hashtag #FLSO2019 on social media to win some fantastic prizes! 

The theme also resonates in another challenge the city has launched this year, the Festive Lights Switch-On 2019 Waste to Art Challenge, which asks students 16 years and under to create art pieces (pictures, clothing, furniture, sculptures etc) from waste materials, to be showcased in a specially created gallery.  

Young artists can enter by submitting an image of their artworks online before midnight on Thursday, 21 November 2019.

Event details 

The Festive Lights Switch-On 2019 is Free for all. No ticket required. 

  • Date: Sunday, 1 December 2019
  • Venue: Grand Parade, Cape Town
  • Time: From 16:00