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Details about first inclusive opening ceremony in Olympic history

2018-07-12 14:13:09

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The Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 will celebrate sport, diversity and gender equality in the first opening ceremony in modern Olympic history that will leave traditional stadiums behind to kick off the event in the centre of the Argentine capital.

The closing ceremony will take place on October 18 at the Youth Olympic Village. It will be a celebration for the athletes and their teams.

The ceremony, that will be held at the iconic Buenos Aires Obelisk on October 6, will start at 20.00 local time and will be completely inclusive and open to all public. The event will mark the beginning of the biggest multisport and cultural celebration in the world, that will last for 12 days while inspiring a whole generation with the examples of hard work and perseverance set by the 4000 athletes.

Buenos Aires will be the stage for a global celebration that will be followed by hundreds of thousands in the streets, and millions more through televisions and social networks. Athletes from 206 countries will unite hundreds of Olympic family members who will be visiting the Argentine capital to attend the Games.

The closing ceremony will take place on October 18 at the Youth Olympic Village. It will be a celebration for the athletes and their teams.

Here are some ceremony details:

- Buenos Aires 2018 will be the first edition of an Olympic competition with strict gender equality and this spirit will guide the ceremony and the lighting of the cauldron, which will be lit by both a woman and a man.

- An Argentine company specialising in international events, Ozono Producciones, will be in charge of the ceremony. Created in 2002, its members are at the forefront of show business in Argentina. Over the years it has produced shows for international artists such as The Rolling Stones, U2, Madonna, Paul McCartney, and Roger Waters, among others.

- The Argentine theatre company, Fuerza Bruta, which has captivated the global public with innovative shows that challenge the senses, will oversee artistic direction.

- The ceremony production will involve a logistical effort never seen in Argentina.

 - Close to 2000 people will be hired for the ceremony. Just the Fuerza Bruta team alone is comprised of more than 350 people, including actors, technicians and musicians.

PHOTOS: Pablo ElĂ­as - Buenos Aires 2018

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