Berlin will host "fan festival" at World Cup
18 May 2006, BERLIN - The German capital plans to stage a huge party for football fans two days before the start of the World Cup and will play host to a benefit concert for Africa ahead of the final July 9.
18 May 2006
BERLIN - The German capital plans to stage a huge party for football fans two days before the start of the World Cup and will play host to a benefit concert for Africa ahead of the final July 9.
"I cordially invite visitors from Germany and the rest of the world to a peaceful festival in the heart of Berlin," the city's governing mayor, Klaus Wowereit said on Thursday.
The "fan festival" will take place on June 7 in front of the capital's main landmark, the Brandenburg Gate.
The party replaces the World Cup opening gala which was due to take place at the Olympic Stadium but was called off by FIFA, football's governing body, because of fears it could damage the pitch.
Among those taking part will be Brazilian football great Pele, England's Sir Bobby Charlton and German former World Cup star Paul Breitner.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, the choir of the German Opera, the Berlin Philharmonic brass ensemble and various pop groups.
International pop starts are being lined up for the benefit concert for Africa, which will take place on July 7 at another Berlin landmark, the Victory Tower.
Wowereit said he expects around one million people to attend the concert, which is being organized by FIFA. South Africa will stage the 2010 World Cup.
All 64 World Cup games can be seen on eight giant video screens erected along the main thoroughfare running from Brandenburg Gate to the Victory Tower.
The competition kicks off in Munich on June 9 with Germany meeting Costa Rica. Berlin will host the final on July 9.
Subject: German News