The Mother City’s much anticipated annual pink affair, the Cape Town Pride 2012 festival has been scheduled to run from March 2 to 11 this year.
According to the organisers the festival is “roaring to go” allaying earlier concerns that it might not take place.
The proposed dates were confirmed at community meeting held recently, amid talk of Cape Town Pride being cancelled this year.
After most board members pulled out following a massive loss sustained during the previous year’s event, Cape Town Pride is now headed by three remaining board members, Dominic Kessell and designer Luiz DeLaja.
According to Donovan Steyl from Lunchbox Media, who is assisting Pride in securing sponsorship, the meeting was a success in confirming community support for the event. He added that Pride would this year be run on a completely volunteer basis and without a board.
An array of fringe events has been planned. For the 2012 offering, visit: http://capetownpride.org/component/content/article/1-about-pride/97-cape-pride-2012-events.html
The Cape Pride organisers say, “Cape Town Pride is a Section 21 Non-Profit Organisation that is committed towards being inclusive and encompassing. The annual Cape Town Pride Festival is a celebration of our wonderful diversity, and also creates awareness around issues impacting on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities locally and throughout Africa.”
Cape Town’s Pride Festival began in 2001 and then merged the following year with another local gay event. After the 2002 festival the decision was made to revert back to its original identity, and as part of the implementation of a long term strategy the 2003 festival was postponed to February 2004 in an effort to attract gay tourism to the festival and the city.
The months of February and March are traditionally the period during which Cape Town sees the greatest income from tourism, and this move proved successful with a particularly well- supported festival since 2004.
Cape Town Pride is driven by volunteers who give of their time, effort and energy freely, with energy and passion.
To support the festival through sponsorships contact Cape Town Pride on 021 836 7793 / 086 267 5823 / http://www.capetownpride.org