As mayor Patricia de Lille did a test run for the Festive Lights Switch on event on Thursday November 24, some of the artists who will perform at the event on Sunday December 4 watched and relived their memories of years in Adderley Street during the annual year-end celebrations.
The local entertainers on the scene at the test run, included DJ Ready D, Katlego Maboe, Soli Philander, the Petersen Family as well as HiiiJackD – the winner of the Festive Lights Challenge on indi.com.
Taliep Petersen’s children. Ashur, Fatiema, Jawaahier and A-eesha, seems to have inherited their father’s love for local entertainment and festivities.
Jawaahier said the switching on of the lights is synonymous with Cape Town’s heritage, like the ‘klopse’ and coming to the switching on of the lights.
“Jy sien net mense” – there’s people everywhere. You get your goema hare you eat your corn in a cup and you have your boerewors roll and watch the amazing entertainment. For us, its an honour to be invited to be on the stage where people from all walks of life of Cape Town come together to celebrate. It’s a big deal “Ooh die ligte is an!” (The lights are on).
The official event will be on the Grand Parade on Sunday December 4 at 4pm. Mayor Patricia de Lille will lead the countdown.