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The Annual Cape Town Festival
The Cape Town Festival is an annual celebration of tolerance and diversity, taking place every spring in South Africa's "mother city." It was started in 1999 under the theme "One City, Many Cultures," with the aim of remembering and overcoming South Africa's tragic history of racism and bigotry. It brings together communities and people of all backgrounds through music, performance and art. This festival is a colourful feast for the senses, as well as an educational celebration of South Africa's rich culture. It is an inspirational experience that should not to be missed by any who are in the region during the festival.

The festival encompasses a few months of celebrations throughout the city, culminating in a three-day main festival which takes place in Company Gardens. The festival showcases a wide variety of events to see including art exhibitions, film festivals, lecture series, concerts, street parties, and food events and more.

The celebrations start with weekly Community Festivals, which showcase local artists and performers. Designed to support local talent and inspire pride within the community, these fairs embody the "One City, Many Cultures" theme. If you are not able to make it to see this, then you can still catch the fair when the best artists are brought together in the main festival on the Community Vibrations Day.

One of the most popular events of the festival is the Human Rights Day Concert. Marking the South African Human Rights Day on March 21st, this event continues to attract visitors from throughout the world. The concert commemorates this day with a celebration of peace and diversity. It includes performances by local and pan-African musicians, encompassing a range of traditional and modern genres, as well as art, theatre, poetry and speeches from local communities.

Be sure to catch the making of the World's Biggest Koe(k)sister. A koeksister or koesister is a long doughnut that is popular in South Africa. There are two types of the pastry, one originating in the Cape Malay community and the other in the Afrikaner community. In this event, the two types will be symbolically joined – and then, of course, tasted!

The Unity Parade is a culminating event in the main festival. The parade brings together performers from all communities, who are challenged to exhibit their local culture while celebrating the diversity of others. The theme of this parade is overcoming discrimination and intolerance by breaking the boundaries that separate different communities. It makes for a truly beautiful salute to the diverse cultures of the country.

The Cape Town Festival is a unique opportunity to see the people and practices of Cape Town come together in a whirlwind celebration of life. If you want to experience all that this vibrant city has to offer, then you should not miss this festival.
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