Get Set for the Oranje Festival at the Cape Town FIFA Fan Fest on Thursday 24 June

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On Thursday, 24 June the FIFA Fan Fest on the Grand Parade will be awash in Orange when the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB), Supportersclub Oranje and De Oranjecamping paint Cape Town orange ahead of their Group E match against Cameroon at 20h30 in Cape Town.Supportersclub Oranje would like to extend an invitation to all South Africans and soccer fans of other nationalities, especially those from Cameroon, to join them in their celebration of collective singing, cheering, applauding and become absorbed into a happy wave of orange.

Dutch football supporters from around the globe will gather on the Grand Parade at the FIFA Fan Fest on the day of the match to dance to the beat of ‘oranje’ music, and generally make merry with people of all nationalities before making their way to the Cape Town Stadium.

An estimated 25 000 Dutch-born passport holders living in Cape Town are expected to join their countrymen and other Dutch fans. And yes, there is even a Miss Oranje.

From 11h00 two Dutch DJ’s will interact with the crowds, making public service announcements and playing typical Dutch and English football songs.  Supportersclub Oranje has lined up several performers to provide entertainment for young and old alike.

The Dutch have a rich history of festive pre-match celebrations so whether its wigs, gum boots, t-shirt, or any other apparel you intend wearing on the 24th, be sure it’s orange.

Capetonians can also look forward to meeting 1000 adventurous De Oranjecamping members who will join their compatriots from the Supportersclub Oranje on Thursday.

A convoy of 125 De Oranjecamping vehicles is travelling from Durban to Cape Town via Cintsa and Plettenberg Bay before finally arriving at their base camp in Paarl on 22 June in the afternoon. On match day the orange army will march from their Berg River campsite to Paarl train station at 11h00 to spend the day making merry in Cape Town and just generally being orange.

The day’s events wrap up at around 18h10 when, following a “warm-up” session at the FIFA Fan Fest aka Oranjeplein, all Orange fans and supporters will lead ‘Oranje’ down on the 2.2km Fan Walk to the stadium.

For those still at the stadium Cameroonian Makossa! takes to the stage, followed at 20h30 by alternative Afrikaans group amaBhulu?

amaBhulu? hail from the Boland region and presents an energetic South-African  jumble of folk, kwela, riel, blues, reggae, country and gypsy tones, gleefully interwoven with alternative “nouveau boeremusiek.”

The band’s original songs are rooted in vernacular Western Cape Afrikaans and pulse with every question that bedevils human existence—including cultural alienation and affiliation, love and loss and the ever-elusive, existential quest for our probable spiritual nature – all presented with tongue firmly in cheek, as the playful name amaBhulu? (are we boere?) implies.

Instrumentation is strictly acoustic, and features a skilful, upbeat blend of guitar, accordion, viola, harmonica, bass guitar, banjo, percussion and vocals

The band’s influences are wide and diverse, ranging from local folk hero’s David Kramer and Nico Carstens to Willie Nelson and Pink Floyd, as well as a variety of world music, with a strong bias in favour of the African continent.

16h00                    Slovakia vs Italy in a Group F match in Johannesburg [screened]

Paraguay vs New Zealand in a Group F match in Polokwane

18h00                    Soul Makossa!

19h15                    amaBhulu?

20h30                    Cameroon vs Netherlands in a Group E match in Cape Town [screened]

Denmark vs Japan in a Group E match in Rustenburg

Till 23h00              DJ Hilaire

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