City hosts final 2010 FIFA World Cup™ auditions this weekend

The final auditions to select Cape Town’s World Cup performing stars takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 8 and 9, at the GrandWest Arena in Goodwood.

Both events start at 09h00 and end at 22h00, on both days.

The audition is open to the public, to view imbongis, jugglers, magicians, rappers, bands, opera singers, drummers and dancers who have come through the first round of auditions. Entrance is free.

“The audition concert provides finalists with the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience,” says Pam Naidoo, 2010 project co-ordinator in the City of Cape Town.

“Over the past five weeks approximately 3 000 artists went through a gruelling auditioning process at five venues across the city. The aim was to identify the cream of Cape Town’s emerging artists to perform at the city’s official World Cup events, from June 11 to July 11.

“A total of 246 acts, consisting of 1 280 performers have been selected for the final adjudication on Saturday. The successful artists attended a ‘boot camp’ training programme over the past weekend to polish their skills in choreography, song writing, styling, marketing and business skills,” says Naidoo.

The panel of judges is headed by well-known performing arts developer, Kurt Egelhof, and includes 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, while the Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) has been appointed by the city to manage the process.

“The weekend’s final round auditions offer Capetonians a unique opportunity to support the best new talent that will be selected to perform at the Fan Fest, the four World Cup public viewing areas and the fan walk. It will also help build excitement for a soccer extravaganza never seen before” says Naidoo.

This production is a partnership between the City of Cape Town and GrandWest Entertainment World, all of which, together with Worldsport, will be staging the City’s 2010 Fan Fest. This process is also part of the city’s socio-economic legacy plan to upskill people, create income-generating opportunities and highlight the creativity of local residents.

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Issued by The Communication Department, City of Cape Town

Media Queries: Pam Naidoo, 2010 project Coordinator, 2010 Operations, City of Cape Town, Tel:  021 401 4000 or Cell: 084 625 8784

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