Welcome to eMzantsi Carnival!
'eMzantsi' means 'in the South' in isiXhosa and the eMzantsi Carnival has been celebrating the fabulously diverse people and cultures of Cape Town's south peninsula since 2005.
The Carnival is the culmination of a year-round community-building process that encourages people of the South - especially children and youth - to cross boundaries and collaborate with each other to create a shared intercultural identity.
The annual eMzantsi Carnival is famous for fostering pride in the unique cultural heritage of the Cape’s south peninsula.
The eMzantsi recycled costume, puppet and float-building crew are referred to as the mapiko crew
Since 2005, eMzantsi has provided a platform for local youth to display their artistic talent in the stageshow after the annual Carnival
Drumming, dance, drama or costume workshops for children preparing to perform at the eMzantsi Carnival provide a safe space for our youth to interact
eMzantsi is about making a space for people to come together to express themselves. The project was founded on the imperative of ‘making unity fun’ and strives for the participation of our diverse communities at every level.
eMzantsi is about making a space for people from different communities to come together and express our common culture through carnival arts. eMzantsi people are unique in valuing above all the intercultural interaction at the centre of our endeavours