One City, Many Cultures Project and Cape Town Partnership will host first annual Senior Citizen’s Day event on Saturday, 2 October at Zip Zap Circus.

The One City, Many Cultures Project which incorporates the Cape Town Festival (CTF), in collaboration with the Cape Town Partnership (CTP), will host more than 700 elderly at the first annual Senior Citizens Day event on Saturday, 2nd October 2010 at the Zip Zap Circus in the city centre between 09h00 and 14h00. The One City, Many Cultures Project and the CTF are supported by the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).

The CTF has its roots in the One City, Many Cultures Project, an editorially-driven campaign launched in 1999 amid a climate of social and political intolerance that prevailed in Cape Town at the time. The aim of the Project is to promote a more tolerant, a more diverse and a more integrated city of Cape Town through impactful public events.

One of the many challenges facing our communities today is the marginalisation of the aged. Yet, they are the ones who have pioneered social and political change, not only in our city, but in the country, to shape the democracy we are privileged to enjoy today. It is the responsibility of society at large to recognise and honour their legacies. “The launch of the annual Senior Citizens Day event therefore ensures that these stalwarts of our society are acknowledged and celebrated for their role in encouraging social and cultural diversity, tolerance and integration,” asserted Ryland Fisher, Executive Chairperson of the Cape Town Festival and the One City, Many Cultures Project.

To facilitate participation from a representative cross-section of the city’s retired persons’ communities, the organisers set out to engage extensively with the Cape Peninsula Organisation for the Aged (CPOA) and other networks including the City of Cape Town Old Age Complexes and retirement facilities. The response was overwhelming, resulting in participation from areas such as Athlone; Bonteheuwel; Brackenfell; Gugulethu; Grassy Park; Hanover Park; Retreat; Woodstock; Observatory; Parklands; Table View; Langa and Somerset West.

“Over the past few years The Central City Improvement District (CCID) has been hosting Grandparents Day, which is our annual charity event. This day has been celebrated internationally as International Day for the Aged, which takes place on 1st October every year,” commented Andrew Boraine, Chief Executive of the Cape Town Partnership.

“The CCID invites seniors from old age homes, shelters and other organisations in the Central City to have a grand old time; which includes a hearty meal, entertainment and goodie bag on departure”, “Now in our 6th year, the CCID is happy to announce their partnership with Cape Town Festival and hope to team up for a bigger event as part of the “One City, Many Cultures” project,” added Boraine.

The day has been designed to indulge guests in a discerning line-up of entertainment, from speech and drama, to vocal and orchestral presentations. All, while in the stimulating company of Master of Ceremonies, Fleur du Cap winner, Terry Fortune. Welcoming guests to this auspicious occasion will be Mayoral Committee Member, Councillor Shehaam Sims, recently elected to the Subcommittee for the Aged and the Disabled. Several celebrity guests have been invited to join in the celebration.

Event highlights comprise performances by Cape Town’s own “Mama Kaap”, Sylvia Mdunyelwa; the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO) conducted by Alexander Fokkens and the band, Authentic, from the Ntonga Music School.

The Senior Citizens Day event forms part of the One City, Many Cultures Project and the CTF’s pre-festival activities designed to carry the message of tolerance, integration and unity to the people of Cape Town throughout the year, ahead of the ever-growing flagship event in March.

The 12th annual Cape Town Festival takes place from14 to 21March 2011 and promises to captivate audiences with a not-to-be-missed line-up of the best in local talent.

For more information, visit http://www.capetownfestival.co.za or e-mail info@capetownfestival.co.za

High resolution images are available on request.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Esther Henderson
Synapse Communications
Landline: 021 903 8762
Mobile: 074 232 7969
E-mail: esther@synapsecommunications.co.za

Artslink.co.za Account:
Joe Fakier
One City, Many Cultures Project incorporating the Cape Town Festival admin@capetownfestival.co.za
021 465 9042
One City, Many Cultures Project incorporating the Cape Town Festival http://www.capetownfestival.co.za

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