The organisers of the highly-anticipated Mother City Queer Project (MCQP) costume bash revealed the theme for the 17 December party on Friday at Crew bar in Cape Town.

The 2011 theme – “Maid in China” – will see partygoers taking their inspiration for costumes, which at past events have often been outrageous, witty and sometimes downright scandalous, from the East.

“This year, think marvellous moffie maids meets Kung Fu Panda, think sultry sexy dragon girls versus plastic fantastic. I’m expecting a large numbers of ‘boy gayshas’ and girls in ‘ki-homos’,” said MCQP’s Ian McMahon.

While the venue was expected to also be announced on Friday, organisers said that details were still being ironed out and that the party will be held at a “mystery venue” that will be revealed in a few weeks’ time.

“We could not hold back the theme announcement while venue negotiations and necessary City permits are being organised,” said McMahon.

He explained that he decided to announce the theme before the venue was confirmed to allow local and international tourists to start planning their visit to Cape Town for MCQP.

“Our loyal MCQP partygoers need a decent amount of time to select their team-mates, shop around for costumes and plan their evening out.”

McMahon added: “What we can say at this stage is that the venue will be within an easy taxi ride from most favourite tourist hotels and guest houses in the greater CBD.”

MCQP started in 1994 as a themed costume party to celebrate the birth of South Africa’s new constitution and its acknowledgment of gay rights.

The annual event attracts up to 5,000 gay and straight partygoers – many of them from out of town – and is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading gay parties.

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