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Great line-up revealed for World Cup 2011 Fanzone

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17 December 2010

Great line-up revealed for Christchurch's Rugby World Cup 2011 Fanzone

Lunchtime concerts, games for kids, the New Zealand Army Band and cultural community performances are just some of the exciting activities being planned for the Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011) Fanzone in Cathedral Square.

Early details about activity and entertainment for fans in the Fanzone are right now being prepared by the Christchurch City Council's events team and the line-up is looking great so far.

For the duration of the Tournament, Cathedral Square will become Christchurch's RWC 2011 Fanzone. It will feature a mini rugby ground, big screens for viewing the games, stands for the fans and the 'World Ruck' dome venue. Activities and entertainment for residents and visitors will be provided throughout the Tournament.

The preliminary plan for Fanzone entertainment includes: * Performances by the New Zealand Army Band * Lunchtime and evening concerts on Fridays * Sunday afternoon music performances * Rippa Rugby on the specially grown grass turf * Opportunities for community and cultural groups to perform * Ballroom dancing demonstrations "The Complete History of World Rugby Abridged" theatre performances * Cultural performances * Interactive games for children on the turf * An International Lecture Series with the players, officials and referees from the last few decades of rugby in the World Ruck venue. * And the Rugby Nostalgia Lounges showing seven decades of Rugby in seven themed lounges based on different decades over the past 100 years.

Full details, including daily activity timetables, will be posted on Christchurch's RWC 2011 website (www.christchurchnz2011.com) ahead of the Tournament

Christchurch City Council Marketing Manager Richard Stokes says there will be something for everyone in the Cathedral Square Fanzone

"As well as broadcasting all the matches live on the big screen, the Fanzone will also provide entertainment and activities for residents and visitors of all ages. We want to make sure that Christchurch makes the most of RWC 2011 and the Fanzone will be the city's hub for off-field activity - and it's not just about Rugby. Music, theatre, kids' activities and cultural performances are included in our plans

"Christchurch and Canterbury are world-renowned for their warm hospitality and friendly sporting rivalry, creating a convivial festive atmosphere in which tourists, visitors and locals can relax and enjoy some of the world's best rugby.

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