City set to party out of this world

MCQP to blast off with sci-fi theme

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PEOPLE - HENRIËTTE GELDEN­HUYS

CHAR­AC­TERS dressed as Spock, Princess Leia, ET and Buzz Lightyear are ex­pected to be among the 10 000 par­ty­go­ers at the 20th Mother City Queer Project (MCQP) party at Cape Town Sta­dium next Satur­day.

Or­gan­is­ers and rev­ellers are gear­ing up for South Africa’s big­gest dress-to-theme cos­tume party, which has Space Cow­boys as its theme.

MCQP spokesman Ste­fan Jou­bert said 18 decor staff have been work­ing since June to make items such as aliens and plan­ets to fill a 20 000m2 area, which will in­clude seven dance­floors, bars and food stalls.

Some cos­tumes, he said, would be in­spired by movies such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Avatar, Aeon Flux and Toy Story.

One of the decor man­agers, Willem My­burgh, said the event would al­low par­ty­go­ers to es­cape from re­al­ity “and get trans­ported to strange and won­der­ful places far, far away”.

“The Space Cow­boy theme im­me­di­ately in­spired us to re­dis­cover clas­sic sci-fi movies such as Bar­barella, but also other strange cow­boy sci- fi movies such as Westworld.

“We hope par­ty­go­ers will be trans­ported to dis­tant gal­ax­ies, and have some weird and wacky adventures,” he said.

Neil Hosken, who has been work­ing on his and his part­ner’s out­fits for more than a month, will go as Mer­cury, the mes­sen­ger of the Ro­man gods. His part­ner, Marc- An­thony Hew­son-de Swardt, will go as Mars, the Ro­man god of war.

Hosken came up with their idea of be­ing Ro­man gods with the same names as plan­ets af­ter think­ing that if cow­boys were the he­roes of the Wild West, who would be the he­roes of space?

Hosken built him­self wings for head- and- an­kle gear, con­sist­ing of golden-sprayed feath­ers.

And Hew­son-de Swardt will dress as a gla­di­a­tor, with a belt of brown leather straps, dec­o­rated with di­a­mond- shaped studs.

Both will wear capes and skirts – Hosken’s made from Cham­pagne- coloured fab­ric, while Hew­son-de Swardt will be in red, along with body glit­ter in pearl for Hosken, and in gold for his part­ner.

Hosken, who has at­tended three pre­vi­ous MCQPs, said it was a party for peo­ple from all walks of life.

“Just about ev­ery­one who goes makes an ef­fort. There’s a sense of com­mu­nity and ca­ma­raderie,” he said.

Peter Claassens, who will be at­tend­ing his fourth MCQP, said he still didn’t yet have an out­fit – “and it scares me be­cause it’s only a week away”.

“Gays just wait for a theme to see what we’ll wear with our Speedos,” he quipped.

Ac­cord­ing to Claassens, the best thing about the MCQP was the chance to meet new peo­ple.

“Wear­ing a mask makes me more keen to meet peo­ple. You can be who­ever you want to be,” he said.

Lawrence Kil­lian, 21, who will work as a barman for the sec­ond time at the event next weekend, said he loved it. “Peo- ple are hav­ing the time of their lives, ev­ery­one’s re­ally friendly, and it’s very colour­ful and in­spi­ra­tional”.

Among the 21 DJs will be Grime­house, Das Kap­i­tal, Tune Raider, Sway, Bro­ken Toy, Psyguy and Deliri­ant.

Live mu­sic acts in­clude indie bands Red Tape Riot and Al Bairre, elec­tro swing duo Good­luck, and afro-elec­tro per­form­ers TheCITY. Tick­ets are R320 and R480 for VIP. hen­ri­ette.gelden­huys

PRE­PAR­ING: Neil Hosken, left, and his part­ner, Marc-An­thony Hew­son-de Swardt, make sure their out­fits are ready.

MAK­ING PROGRESS: Neil Hosken works on cos­tumes he and his part­ner will wear to this year’s MCQP party, which is themed Space Cow­boys.

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