Opening Ceremony: Day 1, Friday, February 12, 2010, 18:00–21:00
The Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony will take place today at Vancouver’s BC Place.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies are large-scale community celebrations that capture the spirit and unique personality of the host city, province and country, provide inspiring messages regarding the Olympic Movement and celebrate the world’s greatest athletes.
The Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games will capture the heart and spirit of Vancouverites, British Columbians, and Canadians. "The Opening Ceremony is our biggest chance to speak to a global audience and tell the story of a contemporary Canada that will inspire the world. So many talented Canadians have shared their thoughts and hopes for the ceremonies over the past six weeks and we are most grateful", said John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).
The Games Ceremonies are mandated by the International Olympic Committee to promote international peace and understanding, honouring the world’s greatest athletes, and celebrating humanity.
"The expectations for David Atkins (VANOC’s executive producer and artistic director of the Olympic Ceremonies )and the ceremonies’ creative team are monumental. They are tasked with creating life long memories — from the iconic Opening and Closing Ceremonies to those golden moments that celebrate the athletes’ achievements", said John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer. "Their work will be watched live by thousands at BC Place and billions worldwide on television — and this team has both the talent and experience to meet that challenge. They will embrace our country’s rich culture and innovative spirit, while revealing our incredible wealth of Canadian talent to the world".
David Atkins acknowledged the calibre of the creative team, saying, "This world-class team is filled with artists who know how to wow audiences at international events and are leaders in their fields, from creating magical scores to designing opulent costumes and intricate footwork. (4500) Ceremonies volunteers are going to be working with the best; this is a true opportunity of a lifetime".
What does it take to produce an Olympic Games Opening Ceremony? Vancouver2010.com sat down with David Aktins to find out.