After an outcry from social media about the inappropriate choice of theme that was announced on the religious Holiday of Diwalli.
The theme “A Bollywood Production” was swiftly changed to “MCQP, The Musical”
This year’s MCQP theme: Cultural Appropriation with a Touch of Body Glitter.
— Gary Hartley (@GaryHartleySA) October 31, 2016
When MCQP looks at your culture and only finds things to reappropriate. pic.twitter.com/evsthAYQw2
— Desrie (@DesrieG) November 1, 2016
Along with the poor choice in Theme of what has aspired to be a costume party which aimed to create a safe space for misfits, freaks and beautiful creatures to be free and rejoice in has not only offended many but has also gone as far as to use a registered image of well known drag performer without here permission.
— Sharon Needles (@SHARON_NEEDLES) November 1, 2016
The scandal is well on it’s way to being a theatrical spectacle (musical if you will) in a whole other manner.
Despite the theme change people are still upset, having not received a public apology from the MCQP organizers.
You can also read more about the offensive Theme in an article on News24 title ” No to white gay men cavorting at Bollywood-themed party” HERE
The organisers of MCQP announced their exciting new theme for the 2016 event today as “MCQP, The Musical”, changing it from the originally planned “A Bollywood Production”.
Says Ian McMahon, Director of MCQP: “After hearing public commentary on social media about the Bollywood Production theme and wanting to ensure that the 23rd spectacle is as inclusive as possible, MCQP is very excited to announce that we’ve come up with the new theme that will allow for a wide variety of amazing outfits, characters and creations.”
He adds: “Paying tribute to the theatrical world of Broadway and the West End, MCQP’s theme ‘The Musical’ will honour everyone’s favourite musical productions – from The Phantom of the Opera, to Jersey Boys, Les Mis to Dreamgirls, Chicago to The Lion King, South Pacific to War Horse – the possibilities are endless.
“’MCQP, The Musical’ will conjure the make believe world of theatre productions, sets, music and performances that will leave even composer Andrew Lloyd Webber spellbound.”
With thousands of produced shows to use as a basis for costume choices, “MCQP, The Musical” will generate many revellers into the spirit of Hairspray, The Full Monty, Mamma Mia! or even Cinderella. Classics such as Billy Elliot, Fiddler on the Rood and Fame should also be kept in mind.
Concludes McMahon: “Whether one chooses new musicals currently showing in New York or London, like Kinky Boots, or reverant classics like Cats, Grease, The Sound of Music or Oklahoma – or any Rodgers and Hammerstein creation, there is without a doubt a character from a musical that will appeal to your personality and wet your tastebuds at ‘MCQP, The Musical’. We’re delighted with the new theme choice and believe everyone is going to be equally excited.”
The event, taking place on Saturday, 17 December from 2pm, will for the first time, be held at the ZipZap Circus Dome in the Foreshore.
Early bird discounted tickets for MCQP 2016 are available at www.quicket.co.za
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The Original Press Release & Theme
THOUSANDS OF EXTRAS TO STAR IN MCQP’S “A BOLLYWOOD PRODUCTION”
MCQP 2016 THEME ANNOUNCED AS “A BOLLYWOOD PRODUCTION”
The largest eastern production ever with thousands of expected extras is about to head to Cape Town after MCQP announced their theme for this year’s event this past weekend as “A Bollywood Production”
Taking place on Saturday, 17 December 2016, Africa’s biggest and longest running costume party will be presented for the 23rd time, attracting thousands of visitors from across the country (and globe) annually.
“A Bollywood Production” Director, Ian McMahon of MCQP, says: “This year’s MCQP will be a spectacle like no other; a royal Bollywood Production of dancers, singers, colours, saris, harams and so much more! It will conjure up characters from Bollywood, Bombay and Kolkata. So picture your very own eastern event as we celebrate everything that is the fantastic Eastern celebrations of colour, flair and vibrance.”
McMahon added that for the very first time, MCQP 2016 will be taking place at the ZipZap Circus Dome in the Foreshore with an additional six enclosed fortresses and spaces, providing a new enclosed venue for the event.
“Furthermore, we’ll have a new starting time at 2pm, which will allow MCQP to incorporate a daytime festival as well leading up to the early hours of the morning. Also new will be our daytime afternoon sundowner set by Chris De Vos’ Sexy Groovy Love brand, which will give you beats all afternoon until sunset. As usual, we’ll have the best talent on show, like Jamie Saint and other top DJ’s,” he says.
So what should one wear to the Bollywood Production theme? McMahon explains: “The brighter, the better! Don’t be afraid to wear a bold colour – that will help you fit in with the eastern guests who’ll be dressed in vibrant colours and eye-catching jewellery. If you don’t have a sari or lengha, don’t worry – a jewel-tone dress with a shawl will be perfect.”
MCQP will be combining the best of BOLLYWOOD celebrations all in one night!
The MCQP 2016 theme was announced on Saturday 29th October to a jam-packed crowd at the highly popular Dragon Room, which celebrated a Halloween theme on the evening.
“So come and dress to impress, undress to express, at our Bollywood Production. It promises to be the best event of the year!” concludes McMahon.
Early bird discounted tickets for MCQP 2016, starting at R350, are available at www.quicket.co.za.
For more information, visit www.mcqp.co.za.