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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODTIMES -

IF NO one has said this be­fore, wel­come to Cape Town! Not for noth­ing do we call this the Mother City, and like any good mom, she’s go­ing to look af­ter you for the next month.

Of course, the soc­cer is the thing ev­ery­one is in­ter­ested in, and we’ve got loads of places lined up where you can watch matches and take part in a mind-bog­gling ar­ray of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional en­ter­tain­ment. But be­sides that, Cape Town has much to of­fer and this is where you can keep up with what’s hot and hap­pen­ing.

Let’s be­gin with the of­fi­cial Fifa Fan Fest, which is on the Grand Pa­rade. Right across the road is the City Hall where Nel­son Man­dela greeted the coun­try for the first time af­ter his re­lease from prison 20 years ago.

The Fan Fest can ac­com­mo­date up to 25 000 vis­i­tors and is open daily un­til July 11 from 11am un­til 11pm, in­clud­ing non-match days.

All 64 matches will be shown on the mas­sive 74m2 screen first used by Fifa dur­ing the 2006 World Cup in Ger­many.

Be­tween games, vis­i­tors will be en­ter­tained by some of the biggest names in lo­cal mu­sic, with two main acts ev­ery evening, as well as per­for­mances by over 160 home­grown acts rang­ing from mu­sic (in ev­ery genre imag­in­able) and dance to po­etry, magic and drum­ming.

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