MCQP 2010

The Mother City Queer Project (MCQP) is held in Cape Town. It is a glamorous and fun, largely gay party event that attracts all sorts of people from around the world annually. Statistics have shown that 31% of the partygoers are from out of Cape Town and 12% are international visitors. A theme is selected for this huge costume party each year, and some revellers spend weeks preparing spectacular outfits that creatively match the theme of the party.

The theme for the 2010 Mother City Queer Project is "Flower Power" and the venue for this year is the Cape town Stadium. This year's them also commerates 150 years of the Adderley Street Flower sellers market and the 40th anniversary of Woodstock.

Flower Power

MCQP initially started as a themed Costume Party event in 1994 to celebrate the birth of South Africa’s new constitution and its acknowledgment of gay rights. Since then the MCQP concept has grown to become a national and international cultural phenomenon. The Costume Party was, and still is, the flagship MCQP ‘project’ around which other projects, events and activities have been conceptualised. The themed Costume Party is the climax of months of MCQP activity and awareness, and in 16 years consistent years, it has grown to become what is commonly known as ‘Africa’s biggest queer bash’.

This year's venue, the Cape Town Stadium, will help push the event close to Sydney Mardi Gras and Rio Carnival status. It will help in setting the stage for the stadium's post-World Cup goals of becoming the premier destination in South Africa for sports, cultural, music, entertainment and community events. MCQP this year is also proudly supported by the City of Cape Town.

The partygoers tend to be as diverse as their costumes, with varied ages, races and sexual orientations. A public space is completely transformed for the occasion by artists, designers and volunteers. On the Big Night the hottest DJs, performers and bands help to provide 2010's best night out.

As the first post-World Cup lifestyle and entertainment event to be held at the stadium, the MCQP are setting the bar very high and party-goers can look forward to five separate indoor levels with nine different areas, each with its own unique sub-theme:

  • The Red Bull “Red Carpet” Entrance,
  • The Absolut main house dance floor,
  • Don Julio’s 70’s Dedicated Disco dance floor,
  • A live bandstand stage hosting, among others, Flash Republic from Johannesburg,
  • A Gay Anthems Cabaret dance floor,
  • An X factor – Live stage,
  • A dedicated Smokers Lounges,
  • Chill out lounges and wine bars,
  • A VIP Lounge with dedicated parking, entertainment, snacks and loads of bubbly,
  • And – another first – a Hippie Psytrance dance floor.

 VIP ticket holders will be treated to full access to all areas, secure parking underneath the stadium, a drop off at the red carpet entrance and a exclusive VIP area with its own dance floor, snacks, bars, entertainment and toilets.

For more information on one of the best gay parties in the world - the Cape Town 2010 MCQP Flower Power party - visit the official website at