What started in 1994 as a celebration of South Africa's new constitution and its acknowledgement of gay rights has grown into the continent's biggest costume party. Now, in its 19th instalment, the Mother City Queer Project aims to attract more than 11 000 visitors and transform the Cape Town Stadium into a Fairytale Fantasy on Saturday 15 December.
"We're thrilled to announce this year's theme and believe that party-goers and fantasy seekers will enjoy it from once upon a time to happily ever after," event director Ian McMahon said. "It's a fun theme and no one will turn back to their boring old self after 12 o'clock."
The venue, which McMahon describes as "magical", offers 18 Privé Suites equipped with a complimentary minibar and snacks. Each suite holds 20 visitors and their VIP access is included in the price. "The suites have been a popular hit for the past two years, with people having their own private room in which to party," McMahon said.
The event boasts seven dance floors and four experiential areas, each with its own theme and music style. Confirmed entertainers include:
Lady Gaga and Britney Spears impersonator Derrick Barry, who is taking a break from his Las Vegas show to perform at MCQP. (You'll recognise him from his appearances in Eminem's We Made You and Katy Perry's Waking Up In Vegas music videos.)
Odidi "Odidiva" Mfenyana, who has performed in more than 15 international cities in Europe, Africa, and Australia. Highlights include The Vienna Life Ball (2005), The Commonwealth Games (2006), The Face of Africa Finale (2008), and the Design Indaba Banquet (2011).
London-based DJ Paul Heron, who has played at Space in Ibiza and also headlined most of Europe's Pride Festivals (including Barcelona, Madrid, Prague, Paris, and London). He has done official remixes for Scissor Sisters and Grace Jones; will play at Sir Elton John's birthday party in 2013; and tour Australia with Boy George.MCQP takes place at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday 15 December and live stage performances start at 9pm. Tickets are available from Computicket. (A VIP ticket entitles visitors to priority parking, access to a massage area, and entrance to an exclusive lounge and bar area with complimentary drinks.) For more information, go to www.mcqp.co.za.