2010 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony

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2010 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony
Final countdown to FIFA World Cup 2010-06-09.jpg
Crowds outside Soccer City two days prior to the opening ceremony.
Date11 June 2010 (2010-06-11)
Time14:00 South African Standard Time (UTC+2)
LocationSoccer City, Nasrec, Johannesburg, South Africa

The 2010 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony took place on 11 June at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, two hours before the opening match of the tournament. The ceremony started at 2pm local time and lasted 40 minutes.[1] The ceremony involved 1500 performers, including Thandiswa Mazwai, Timothy Moloi, Hugh Masekela, Khaled, Femi Kuti, Osibisa, R. Kelly, TKZee, Hip Hop Pantsula and the Soweto Gospel Choir.[2][3]

Notable attendees[edit]

Although in frail health and 91 years old, the former South African president Nelson Mandela was sceduled to attend the opening ceremony, however had pulled out after the death of his great-granddaughter, who was killed in a car crash earlier in the day.[4] A pre-recorded message appeared on the stadium screens instead.[5]

Dignitaries that did attend the ceremony alongside the FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the current South African president Jacob Zuma, included the South African religious leader Desmond Tutu, the United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, the Mexican president Felipe Calderón, and Prince Albert of Monaco.

Opening celebration concert[edit]

The opening celebration concert at the Orlando Stadium.

One day prior to the ceremony, the first-ever FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert took place on 10 June at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Warm-up acts including Goldfish, 340ml and Tumi Molekane performed before the internationally televised portion of the concert began at 20:00 SAST. The three-hour main event included performances by Alicia Keys, Amadou & Mariam, Angelique Kidjo, The Black Eyed Peas, BLK JKS, The Dave Matthews Band, Elton John, Freshlyground, Hugh Masekela, John Legend, Juanes, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, K'Naan, Lira, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Rod Stewart, Shakira, The Parlotones, Tinariwen, Vieux Farka Touré, Vusi Mahlasela and The Who.[6][7]


  1. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/football/2010/jun/11/world-cup-2010-opening-ceremony
  2. ^ Murray, Scott (2010-06-11). "World Cup 2010 opening ceremony - as it happened | Scott Murray". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  3. ^ "World Cup begins in South Africa". 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  4. ^ "Mandela Misses World Cup Opening Ceremony, Great-Granddaughter Killed". CafeMom. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  5. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/football/2010/jun/11/world-cup-2010-opening-ceremony
  6. ^ "Shakira to sing World Cup anthem". 2010-04-16. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  7. ^ Farley, Christopher John (2010-06-10). "R. Kelly on the World Cup 2010 Opening Ceremony". WSJ. Retrieved 2018-06-15.