Cape Town selects 162 acts for World Cup performances

The City of Cape Town has selected over 1 100 highly talented artists from all over the Cape Metropole to perform at the city’s official World Cup events from June 11 to July 11, 2010.

Over the past six weeks, more than 3 000 artists participated in a series of tough auditions at six venues across the city. A total of 246 acts, involving 1 280 performers, then took part in “boot camp” training for the final auditions at the GrandWest Arena.

“The public auditions, training and opportunities to perform at events during the soccer tournament confirm the city’s commitment to use the World Cup to create opportunities for Capetonians,” says Lesley de Reuck, Cape Town’s 2010 director of operations.

“Every one of the 166 acts will perform at least once, either at the FIFA Fan Fest™ on the Grand Parade, the Fan Walk between Cape Town station and the Cape Town Stadium, or at one of the four fan jols [“parties”, or public viewing areas] at the Vygieskraal Stadium, the Bellville Velodrome, the OR Tambo Sports Complex and the Swartklip Sports Complex.

“Besides the opportunity to show off their talent in front of soccer fans and global TV audiences, performers will each receive a stipend for the services rendered,” he says.

“The public auditions provided a wonderful forum to identify the cream of Cape Town’s emerging talent. This was an open, transparent process managed by the Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) on behalf of the city,” says Pam Naidoo, 2010 project co-ordinator for the City of Cape Town.

Headed by performing arts developer, Kurt Egelhof, the panel of judges included theatre experts such as Theo Ndindwa, Thoko Ntshinga, Marianne Thamm, Lara Bye and Philip de Villiers. The Western Cape Musicians’ Association (WCMA) was also represented.

“Hats off to the City of Cape Town for pioneering this initiative. I have never before experienced such a community initiative of this magnitude anywhere else in the world. This is a career-changing opportunity that affords every performer in the city a chance to perform on a global stage,” says Kurt Egelhof.

The acts that were chosen include include imbongis (“praise singers”), jugglers, magicians, comedians, poets, rappers, bands, opera singers, drummers and dancers.

“Cape Town is ready to showcase the rich diversity of its multicultural talent to the world,” says Naidoo.

The final programme will be announced closer to the start of World Cup events.

Download the list of Cape Town perfromers

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Issued by: Communication Department, City of Cape Town

Media Enquiries: Pam Naidoo, 2010 project co-ordinator, 2010 Operations, City of Cape Town, Tel:  +27 21 401 4000 or Cell: +27 84 625 8784

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