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Thousands watch Christmas Lights spectacle in Cape Town

by Staff Reporter
on 03 Dec 2007
The Cape Flats Website
The Cape Flats Website

Thousands of Capetonians arrived in Adderly Street last night to watch Cape Town Mayor, Helen Zille, officially start the city's Christmas Season by turning on the Adderly Street lights.

The spectacle also included a musical concert with performances from Hip Hop Pantsula, Brandon October and Johnny Clegg (to name a few) being present to entertain the crowds. Local comedy act, Joe Barber, was also on stage to raise a few laughs.

The Public Lighting Department was formally thanked, by its Head, Charles Kadalie, for their work on the Christmas Lights, which culminated to the evening's celebrations.

The Christmas lighting on Adderly Street is a 41-year-old Capetonian tradition and in recent years, has become one of the city's biggest annual events. Last nights performance attracted a crowd of approximately 50 000 people.

Download a short video clip (2-Meg) of Three Tons of Fun at the 2007 Cape Town Christmas Lights Concert.


Some Pictures of the event


Capetonians gather to watch the switching on of the 2007 Christmas LightsCapetonians gather to watch the switching on of the 2007 Christmas Lights.

Approximately 50000 people attended the eventApproximately 50 000 people attended the event.

Helen Zille, Lucas RadebeMayor of Cape Town, Helen Zille and South African Soccer Superstar, Lucas Radebe.

Helen Zille, Lucas RadebeHelen Zille starts the countdown to the "switching on of the lights".

Hip Hop PantsulaLocal SA Artists, Hip Hop Pantsula, get the crowd moving.

Boeta Joe and Boeta Gamat from Joe BarberBoeta Joe and Boeta Gamat (Joe Barber) raise numerous laughs as MCs of the event.

Christmas Lights on Adderly Street, Cape TownThe Christmas Lights along Adderly Street in Cape Town (2007).

Local South African artists, Three Tons of Fun, sang their hearts out for the 50000 strong crowdLocal South African artists, Three Tons of Fun, sang their hearts out for the 50 000 strong crowd.



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