Football and culture vie for attention at Euro 2008May 31st, 2008 - 6:35 pm ICT by admin
Geneva/Vienna, May 31 (DPA) Austria and Switzerland are determined to offer a cultural feast for football fans during Euro 2008 that endures well beyond the 90 minutes of the so-called beautiful game. Thousands of national and regional bands have been booked to entertain supporters throughout the month-long football fest in the Fan Zones.
There is also everything from classical ballet to concerts by Austrian pop star Christina Stuermer, a range of exhibitions and even films with a sporty flavour.
The party gets going at the eight venues on the eve of Euro 2008. In Basle, where Euro 2008 kicks off, Swiss pop star Baschi, famous for his Euro 2008 anthem “Bring en Hei” (”Bring it Home”) will top the bill in an evening rounded off with a huge fireworks display.
Former Spice Girl Mel C, once known appropriately as Sporty Spice, will head the line-up in Zurich on Friday June 6.
Geneva alone is promising more than 800 artists, with 72 concerts and 24 evening DJs. “For two years, we have repeatedly said the Euro will be more than just three football games in Geneva,” said city spokesman Mark M
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