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The Mother City Queer Project carnival is considered the biggest ultimate gay costume party in Africa held in Cape Town since it started off in 1994 as a themed costume party celebrating the inclusion of gay rights in South Africa's new Constitution.The t

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The MCQP carnival is the highlight of the gay community’s social calendar each year – and is wildly popular event amongst locals and visitors from all around the world who likes to dress up and have a fabulous party.

Each year the organising team come up with a different theme for the party and everything revolves around the fun and creativity of the whole event, from live bands, DJ’s, artists and party-goers. On the night you’ll all meet to get ready, it’s the only event in Cape Town where you don’t want to be fashionably late. Too much to see, too many people to do on the night which is full of festivities.

How it all began
In 1994 former President Nelson Mandela ushered in the new South African constitution, which included the crucially important "freedom of sexual orientation" clause. The new Constitution blew-off the closet door - and out came Africa's pent-up queer creative energy which needed a platform on which to express itself. Mother City Queer Projects was born.

MCQP headed-up the need to showcase queer Culture. From this grew the idea of a queer tribal gathering formatted as a themed costume party. The first event in 1994, The Locker Room Project was such a hysterical success, that MCQP has grown and grown to become an annual event on the international queer circuit party calendar.

What MCQP stand for
MCQP has the primary aim of bringing hetero and homosexuals together in a celebratory, unifying way, proving that differences of sexual orientation are simply part of any city's valuable cultural richness. Many other cities around the world are still marching for their rights - in Cape Town we are celebrating our achievements.

How it works
Cape Town is made up of many queer tribes. Once a year, in December, they all get together for Africa's biggest queer tribal gathering - the annual MCQP costume party. This unique home-grown event has put Cape Town on international map of queer culture. It is planned over a period of 6 months, and culminates in weekend of celebration and splendid festivity. It has become a cultural phenomenon in the Mother City and attracts 1000's of visitors to Cape Town annually. Travel agents are chartering planes and planning trips for posses of pink playmates to come and taste our wildlife.

In addition to showcasing the richness of our city's creativity, the MCQP costume party also kicks-in the summer season with a memorably marvelous bash.

And as from a land far, far away with castles, kingdoms and ancient cities from a time ruled by kings and queens, the event will return after seventeen years to the Castle of Good Hope for this gothic spectacular, which celebrates its own 300 year existence this year.

Taking place on Saturday, 16 December 2017, Africa’s biggest and longest running costume party will be presented for the 24th time, attracting thousands from across the country and even globally.

Says Ian McMahon, Director of MCQP: “We’re going bigger, better and bolder than ever before. Hundreds of wannabe Jon Snows, Tyrion Lannisters, Daenerys Targaryens, Khaleesi’s, the Amazon woman- Brienne of Tarth, Merlin or other creatures of the night will descent on ‘Cape Landing’ this summer to follow the dark knights of doom at the event. It’s going to be a MCQP like never before. Who will you be or will you come and cast a spell on them all?”

Famed DJ and event organiser, Candice Heyns, joined the team of organisers this year after extensively touring Europe as both a DJ performer and assisting in arranging some of the biggest events in a variety of European countries, providing vast knowledge on the latest international trends.

Heyns, Executive Project Manager of MCQP, adds: “We’ll conjure up the great songs of Fire and Ice and the best DJs from far beyond the western reaches of the great wall. Do your research on all things dark in order to decide on your outfit – of knights and warriors, of creatures of the dark ages or from spells out of Merlin’s own book.”

The MCQP 2017 theme and venue were announced Friday evening to a jam-packed crowd at the very first MCQP Christmas in July party that took place at the German Club in Gardens, Cape Town. Another first was that the announcement was made prior to October, when it usually takes place, in order for those attending to enjoy ample time to plan their outfits, travel arrangements and more.

MCQP “Dungeons & Dragons” will start at 7pm on Saturday, 16 December. Early bird tickets, starting at R260 for general access, R650 for Throne VIP tickets and more options are available online at, as well as on other online sites and at high street outlets.

Privé Kings Chamber suites are also available on request allowing 20-30 of your round table knights & friends special privileges at the coronation event.

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