Olympic Opening Ceremony details announced

London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony artistic director Danny Boyle has unveiled a 'Green and Pleasant' theme for the highly-anticipated show.

Olympic Opening Ceremony details announced
Olympic Opening Ceremony details announced

Country scene

The Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting director said that work has now started to install the set for the opening scene of the Ceremony.

On entry to the Olympic Stadium audiences will see a scene that represents a ‘traditional and idyllic’ view of the British countryside.

The Stadium’s pitch will be transformed into one of the largest sets ever built, a scene depicting the British countryside.
The set will be complete with meadows, fields and rivers, featuring families taking picnics, sport being played on the village green and farmers tilling the soil whilst real farmyard animals graze – including 12 horses, three cows, two goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, nine geese, 70 sheep, and three sheep dogs.

Each of the four nations will be represented by their national flower– the rose of England, the thistle of Scotland, the daffodil of Wales and flax from Northern Ireland.

Boyle said: "The Ceremony is an attempt to capture a picture of ourselves as a nation, where we have come from and where we want to be. The best part of telling that story has been working with our 10,000 volunteers. I’ve been astounded by the selfless dedication of the volunteers, they are the purest embodiment of the Olympic spirit and represent the best of who we are as a nation."

Hard work


He paid tribute to the 10,000 volunteers, cast and crew that gave up their time to help with the show.
There have been 157 cast rehearsals for the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony to date, with 37 rehearsals at the new site in Barking & Dagenham where preparations for both the Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies are taking place.

The production of 12,956 props and staff in the costume department are working to produce 23,000 costumes for all four ceremonies, including sewing 24,570 buttons onto the costumes for one of the opening sequences of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

In the Olympic Stadium installation of 1,100 automated lamps, 1,000 conventional lamps, 500 LED fixtures, and 32 follow spots is underway. This will be accompanied by a million watt sounds system using more than 500 speakers and 50 tonnes of associated sound gear.

Seb Coe, Locog chair, added: "With only 45 days to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony one of the biggest sets ever built for a show is beginning to develop in the Olympic Stadium. With a worldwide TV audience of a billion people and a cast of over 10,000 talented volunteers, I’m sure that Danny’s ceremony will be a fantastic celebration that will welcome the 10,500 athletes from around the world and make our nation proud."

Our Conference Boy blog on Boyle's plans is here.

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