The Sundaytimes Sri Lanka

The Olympic Games Opening Ceremony


  •  The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony is titled ‘Isles of Wonder’, inspired by Shakespeare’s play ‘The Tempest’.
  •  The worldwide broadcast of the Ceremony will commence at 21:00 on July 27, 2012, with the pre-show starting at 20:12.
  •  The Ceremony is predicted to be viewed live by a worldwide TV audience of over a billion people.
  •  The Ceremony will open with the ringing of the largest harmonically-tuned bell in the world, produced by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry,

measuring two metres tall by three metres wide and weighing 23 tonnes.

  • There is 15,000 square metres of staging – equivalent to 12 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
  • A flying system that can lift 25 tonnes – the same as five elephants.
  •  12,956 props, over 100 times more than a West End musical.
  •  A million watt PA system using double the amount of speakers than on the main stage at Glastonbury.
  •  Services and products provided by 93 different supplier companies.
  •  10,000 adult volunteer performers.
  •  Volunteer Performers from the NHS for a special sequence that celebrates Britain’s National Health Service.
  •  900 children aged 7 – 9 years and 11 – 13 years chosen from schools in the six host boroughs engaged in the official London 2012 Get Set education programme.

For all four Ceremonies there will be:

l 20,000 volunteer cast members, with UK-wide auditionees from
18 – 90 years old, including
people who watched the
London 1948 Games live.

l 23,000 costumes and a total of
12 hours of music.

l A combined TV audience predicted to be over four billion people.

l 2,000 staff, crew and suppliers.

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