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Switching on of the lights in Adderley Street marks the start of the Festive Season

3 December 2012

With December now upon us, people from all across the city are beginning to gear up for the Festive Season. The switching on of the Christmas lights in Adderley Street at the beginning of December has for years served as an unofficial start to the end of the year holidays. Other than helping people to realize the time of year, the event has also been seen as an initiative to unite the city and bring together families and friends from all walks of life together to welcome in the Christmas holidays.

 

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View of the lights from a balcony on Adderley Street

There are 12 light installations which hang overhead for the entire length of the bustling Adderley Street and are regularly updated with new tweaks, attractions and features. This year’s theme is “Our City, Our People” and it aims to celebrate Cape Town’s icons and other up and coming talent. The ceremony itself has seen a considerable growth in popularity amongst the public over recent years and has been dubbed the “largest free open air event to the public” that is hosted annually by the City of Cape Town.

 

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Thousands of people from all over Cape Town gather to watch the switching on of the lights every year.

If you have only recently been following our projects at Creative Consulting & Development Works, then you might not know that we were tasked to help with the design of the light installations just ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The intention of the design was to portray the theme of the World Cup while still maintaining it’s unique South African flavour.

 

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One of the installations creating awareness around the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Owing to its increasing number of spectators each year, the opening ceremony which has usually been held on Adderley Street was moved to the Grand Parade in order to accommodate an expected 80,000 spectators. For the full article on our involvement in the switching on of the festive lights, please click here.

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