South Africa may not be represented on the field but the country's cultural industries are determined to make their presence felt during the final week of soccer's 2006 FIFA World Cup.

South Africa may not be represented on the field but the country's cultural industries are determined to make their presence felt during the final week of soccer's 2006 FIFA World Cup.

The country's department of arts and culture is taking a slate of musicians, dancers and poets to Cologne, Germany for a series of events, including live concerts, during the annual Sommerkoeln Festival.

South African artists will also take to the stage for the "Africa Is Calling" ceremony at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin on July 9, the closing day of the World Cup. South Africa's participation is intended to usher in the country's staging of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Award-winning director and actor Jerry Mofokeng ("Tsotsi," "Cry The Beloved Country") is working with music directors Prince Lengoasa and Zwai Bala to conceive the music program. Contributions will come from the likes of operatic singer Sibongile Khumalo, rapper HHP, Afro-soul act Freshlyground, operatic group the Afro Tenors, Johnny Clegg and his Juluka collaborator Sipho Mchunu.

Says Mofokeng, "We are positive that we are going to represent South Africa well and give people a reason to visit in 2010 beyond the football."