World Cup 2010: Cape Town FIFA Fan Festival Gears Up For Carnival Atmosphere

The countdown to the World Cup has begun and an atmosphere of expectation is settling over Cape Town.
On the eve of the world’s biggest event Cape Town is adding finishing touches to the grand parade for the opening of the official FIFA Fan Festival in the city.

All 64 World Cup matches will be screened on an enormous 74sqm screen, one of the biggest structures ever to be erected in South Africa and first used by FIFA during the German World Cup.

The Fan Fest will be open daily between 11:00 and 23:00 and the entertainment line-up will include headline acts, as well as talented emerging artists from throughout Cape Town.

All music tastes will be catered for from jazz to rock, pop, R&B, hip hop, reggae, dance, traditional African music and much more.

Lesley de Reuck, 2010 director of operations said in a statement: “The purpose of the Fan Fest is to offer a safe, convenient and convivial alternative to being at the stadium.

"Soccer fans who weren’t able to get tickets can still watch the match live and get to experience the excitement and thrill of being caught up in the roar of the crowd.”

Popular Afro-Jazz musician Jimmy Dludlu will perform at the opening day of the tournament on June 11.

Visitors can also expect to see performances by the likes of chart-topping duo Goldfish, R&B award-winning artist Loyiso, renowned jazz artist Robbie Jansen and Friends, the urban-pop group Gang of Instrumentals, pop and R&B artist Danny K, dance and pop outfit The Rockets and premier bands Freshly Ground, Prime Circle, Flat Stanley and the Flash Republic, to name but a few.

Joining the headline acts on stage will be the finalists from an audition process conducted throughout the city and culminating at GrandWest’s Grand Arena earlier this month.

The auditions attracted over 3,000 entrants, from imbongis to jugglers, magicians, rappers, rock bands, opera singers, drummers and dancers. The line-up included 246 acts and 1,280 individual performers from across the metropole. Judges finally selected 162 to represent the city.

Over and above watching live bands and talented young performers, visitors can also expect to see top DJs and a world class laser light display.

Various days will also be themed to reflect different countries and occasions, such as Youth Day on June 16 and these details will be released to the press shortly.

Food and refreshment kiosks will offer a taste of traditional Cape Town as well as perennial favourites. For a local flavour, visitors can choose from dishes of Malay chicken curry, lamb neck poitjie, boerewors rolls and biltong. However, internationally popular food items will also be available.

These include beefburgers, hot dogs, chicken prego rolls, fish gourjons, calamari, lasagna, vegetable soup and chips. Snacks include crisps, chocolate and ice cream and all dishes will be Halal.

Hot and cold drinks will be on offer and wine and beer will be available for sale to visitors over the age of 18.

The Grand Parade has a capacity of 25,000 and numbers will be strictly controlled by the private security, emergency services and SAPs forces on the ground.

To enter the Fan Fest, visitors will need to pass through security checkpoints positioned in Darling Street and at the corner of Buitenkant and Longmarket Streets.

Children under the age of 14 will have to be accompanied by an adult and items of food, alcohol, weapons or drugs being brought into the Fan Fest will be confiscated.

Lesley De Reuck concluded: “Because the World Cup is an event that will attract many families, as well as tourists, we have put very stringent security measures in place. Unruly behaviour will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be very swiftly dealt with. Our intention is for every visitor to the Fan Fest to have a good experience.”

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