Long Street Final Draw Festival

02/12/2009 at 12:17 1 comment

Long Street in Cape Town will be hosting South Africa’s party of the year in celebration of the Final Draw of the soccer World Cup! On December 4 2009, the world will finally find out on what date, against which team, in which 2010 host city and in which soccer stadium each of the 32 qualified teams will play during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The Long Street Final Draw Festival will start at 12:00pm and is to take place on the upper part of Long Street, from Wale Street to Buitensingel.

“There will be music and cultural performances with a South African and African flavour,” said city spokes person Pieter Cronjé. “These stage performances will be complemented by bunkers to embrace the festival them. The main stage will be situated on the top of Long Street, near the Long Street baths.”

He added that FIFA president Sepp Blatter will open the Final Draw Festival, which is free of charge, at 14:00 on the main stage.

According to Lesley de Reuck, Cape Town’s 2010 Operations Director, the Long Street Final Draw Festival will give the world an idea what can be expected during the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup. “It will mimic the FIFA Fan Fest concept which will be used during next year’s football spectacle,” De Reuck added.

“The City will use this event to ‘test drive’ its safety and security systems as well as demonstrate how City services will cope with the huge numbers of spectators outside the Cape Town Stadium precinct.”

The programme of the Long Street Final Draw Festival for the festival is split into six parts, with the concert of Cape Town talent taking place from 12:00 to 14:00. After that, the FIFA Fan Fest project will be launched, which will be followed by more local music until the national stars take to the stage as from 17:00.

During the festival, there will be ongoing live video feeds from the Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC) to show festival goers the arrival of dignitaries at the red carpet event. The live broadcast of the Final Draw starts at 19:00. The ceremony, which will be co-presented by Charlize Theron,  is expected to last 90 minutes. From 20:45, the festival will continue with national mega stars entertaining the revellers.

Pieter Cronjé added: “Although Upper Long Street will be closed to vehicles from 01:00 on Thursday morning, December 3, businesses will operate as usual on Friday. The only difference will be that everyone entering the pedestrian zone will be subjected to access control measures similar to airport security checks.”

According to de Reuck street parking and public parking garages which are within easy walking distance to the festival area will have ample parking space for party-goers. Most public parking garages have indicated that they will stay open for the full evening: “People can also park at the Grand Parade and follow the sign-posted route up Darling Street, via Adderley Street to Wale Street where they can enter the festival terrain. Once the Parade parking is full, volunteers will direct visitors to some 3 000 alternative parking bays in the CBD.”

Long Street Final Draw Festival, a final run down:

  • Location: Upper Long Street (from Wale Street to Buitensingel)
  • Start: 12:00
  • End: Around 23:00
  • Official opening of festival by Sepp Blatter: 14:00 (main stage)
  • Long Street Final Draw festival line-up includes Freshly Ground, Jimmy Dludlu, Cassette, TKZee, K’Naan, Flat Stanley, Coda, and Fancy Galada.
  • Entrance fee: Free of charge
  • Road closures: Long Street will be closed off for traffic from 13:00, December 3 2009. For other road closures in Cape Town, click here.
  • Parking: Grand Parade, off street parking in area and parking garages. Many parking garages will stay open all night.

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