Let the games begin; Football for Hope Festival kicks off.

Posted: July 5, 2010 by warrenradebe in Alexandra, HillsideDigital, Uncategorized
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The moment we have all been waiting for arrived in the heart of Alexandra; the home of soccer experienced the grand opening of the Football for Hope Festival. It began with a colorful, multi racial amazing parade as the locals supported with their ‘Vuvuzelas and shouts’ towards the stadium.

At the football grounds, well-known celebrities were performing and mesmerizing the crowd; Danny K, Kabelo, Squatter Camp, African theatre and dance and a number of other acts lifted the fans of the great game.

An unbelievable number of fans made a dazzling welcome for FIFA President Sepp Blatter and President of the Republic of South Africa Mr Jacob Zuma. The president opened with an inspirational speech and then declared the games to begin, it was just as fulfilling a experience as  the FIFA World Cup opening ceremonies.

Kenako (It is time), the Siyakhona team were ready to use all their training to cover the festival. Tshepiso and Susan presented with camera men Herbert and Warren and were directed by Shirley and Lehlohonolo. It did not end there, the Sony team was there with outstanding pictures by Siyakhona delegates, and we had interview with the team.

‘We love Football for Hope and thank you FIFA’ those we there words from the local children who enjoyed themselves at the opening and the first match between Alexandra and Uruguay. It was dejavu once again when Uruguay won 2- 0 to the Alex team.

Our cams were deployed, with the help of Streetfootballworld, strategically to cover everything; from the parade of the delegates from San Kopano to Three Square grounds home of the FFH Festival, to a birds eye view from camera tower inside the stadium. It was an amazing day.

  1. Megan says:

    Brilliant work! I wish I had heard of the festival sooner, as it would have been great to attend.

    World Film Collective has just wrapped our first journalism workshop in Khayelitsha and Guguletu. You can see some of the films produced by our 35 young reporters on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/worldfilmcollective

    It would be great to connect with someone on the ground as well! 8 of our participants are setting up their own production company as a result of the workshop, and perhaps they could get involved with Siyakhona somehow.

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