The soccer World Cup finals when it starts Fri 11th June will not be the only show in town. Visitors will be able to benefit from a wide range of cultural events that will take place in Eastern Cape, where the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is situated.
The National Arts Festival (NAF) in Grahamstown is hosting international artists as well as the country’s top performers, writers, directors, musicians, dancers and choreographers. NAF chief executive Tony Lancaster explains that ‘Because the World Cup is a global celebration, we wanted to ensure our program featured some strong, exciting, vibrant, celebratory international work. We’ve got that mix right, and I think we’re poised for a great event.’
For those who want some more sport, the Billabong Pro in Jeffreys Bay will see top surfers from all over the world performing from July 8th to 18th. In the relaxing atmosphere of the Wild Coast it will be possible to try a meaty South African treat over the weekend of 16-17 July during the weekend-long Somerset East Biltong Festival.
Another important occasion to discover South Africa and to escape the pitch fever will be the 27th Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. With more than 100 scheduled events the festival claims to be offering ‘the best 10 days of your 2010’. Oysters and wine testing, Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour and events especially conceived for kids will be just part of the program.