Community Blog: Laid back PE starts buzzing…
The friendly city of Port Elizabeth has not been left behind in the wave of the 2010 Fifa World Cup euphoria. As one of the host cities, PE, is putting together the last touch ups before the World Cup officially begins on June 11.
In Uptown Culture Centre in the CBD’s Rink Street, artists, craftsmen and painters are working at finishing their “2010 projects” which included beaded wire soccer balls, soccer boots and stadiums.
With the support of the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), the centre is also responsible for painting shipping containers, placed at strategic points around the city for recycling purposes, in “soccer themed patterns” to capture the “mood and spirit of the 2010 fever”.
“The atmosphere is hyper. We want soccer fans and international tourists to come here (to the centre) and pick souvenirs,” said Louie X. X is a Zambian artist who plays in a reggae band called Ever High Dreadz.
The Kora award nominated X and his band Ever High Dreadz will entertain fans trekking down to the home of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium during the soccer spectacle.
Other artists who will perform in PE include local R’nB crooner Loyiso Bala, Just Jinger, Jami, Evolver and Dirty Skirts.
This blog was written by a community blogger chosen to write on their community’s experience of the World Cup.