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.