Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand are gearing up to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™, and alongside the thrilling live matches, the FIFA Fan Festival™ is set to be an electrifying celebration. Spanning all nine Host Cities in both countries, the festival will offer free entry to football enthusiasts, occasional supporters, and families with children. Each FIFA Fan Festival will be a vibrant fusion of music, entertainment, local culture, delectable cuisine, fan activities, and live match screenings on giant screens.
Tailored to the unique characteristics of each host city, including the climate, match days, and kick-off times, the FIFA Fan Festivals will feature renowned musical acts from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Artists such as Ladyhawke, JessB, Jessica Mauboy, Kimbra, San Cisco, and Montaigne will headline the various events.
“The FIFA Fan Festival creates a space where fans, families, and local communities can go beyond football. From live match broadcasts to informative panels and performances by popular musicians, there’s something for everyone,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura. “We are proud to introduce the FIFA Fan Festival at the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time. Together with the Host Cities and sponsors, we have ensured that these spaces are not only entertaining and enjoyable but, above all, inclusive—a clear commitment from FIFA and this tournament.”
In addition to the festival experience, football enthusiasts from around the world can explore the heritage of the game through special exhibitions. The FIFA Museum presented by Hyundai in Sydney will showcase “Calling the Shots: Faces of Women’s Football,” while in Auckland, visitors can discover “The Rainbow of Shirts” at the institution’s pop-up exhibition area. Other Host Cities will feature a photo exhibition titled “Past Champions through the Years.”
Attendees can also look forward to appearances by the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy, the Official Mascot Tazuni™, FIFA Legends, and exclusive screenings of FIFA+ Originals on selected days enriching the on-site experience.
To ensure a family-friendly atmosphere, the venues will offer diverse culinary and beverage options, including food trucks, a range of international and First Nations cuisine, and appearances by celebrity chefs. The FIFA Store and official merchandise outlets will also be available at the festival sites.
Moreover, fans will have the opportunity to participate in panels discussing various topics across the FIFA Fan Festival locations. In Australia, the panels will focus on themes such as inclusion in sports, sustainability, and empowering the LGBTQ+ community through football. Aotearoa New Zealand will host the EQUALIZE panels, a series of free-entry equity discussions celebrating women in sports, business, culture, and society.
For specific information on opening dates, times, featured artists, and more for each Host City, please visit the FIFA Fan Festival website.
FIFA Fan Festival Venues and Artists
Aotearoa New Zealand
- Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau – The Cloud
- JessB, Ladi6, Troy Kingi, Tuawahine, Hollie Smith, Kaylee Bell
- Dunedin/Ōtepoti – Dunedin Town Hall & Glenroy Auditorium
- Bic Runga, Topp Twins, Ladyhawke, Ladi6
- Hamilton/Kirikiriroa – Claudelands Event Centre
- AACACIA, Robinson, Ella Monnery, Lou’ana
- Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara – Shed 6
- Ladyhawke, Rubi Du, Maisey Rika, Che Fu, JessB
- Adelaide/Tarntanya – Festival Plaza
- Kimbra, San Cisco, Montaigne
- Brisbane/Meaanjin – South Bank Parklands
- Running Touch, Kita Alexander, FELIVAND, Sahara Beck, Eliza & The Delusionals
- Melbourne/Naarm – Federation Square
- Sycco, Samantha Jade
- Perth/Boorloo – Forrest Place
- Katy Steele, Crucial Rockers, Joan & The Giants, Abbe May
- Sydney/Gadigal – Tumbalong Park
- Jessica Mauboy, Steph Strings, Jacoténe, Jack River, Mia Wray
Previously known as the FIFA Fan Fest™, this ultimate fan destination has made appearances at four FIFA World Cup™ editions since the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™. It has attracted nearly 40 million visitors across five continents. The concept was reintroduced with a fresh approach as the central fan destination at the FIFA World Cup™ and FIFA Women’s World Cup™ tournaments under the name FIFA Fan Festival™ during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.