Expo 2020 Dubai opened its doors with an unforgettable ceremony
Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, Secretary General, Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), said: "The whole world is coming together, for the first time since the pandemic began, to connect, exchange and learn in this extraordinary global setting".
3,000 people inside Al Wasl Plaza and millions around the world connected via streaming have been the target of this amazing opening.
Featuring the golden ring of connectivity, the inspiration for the Expo 2020 Dubai logo, elevated to the trellis of the magnificent Al Wasl Plaza, the beating heart of the Expo site and the spectacular setting for the captivating ceremony, the World's Most Exposition inclusive was never officially launched.
In addition to music from some of the most influential artists on the planet and a beautiful live orchestra, a sensory overload of powerful imagery was broadcast through the dome of Al Wasl Plaza, the largest 360-degree projection screen in the world. world. More than 3,000 light fixtures, 1,000 speakers, 1,300 costumes, and passion and emotion cubes from each of the more than 1,000 participating artists and volunteers also contributed to a unique show of masterful artistic collaboration.
His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence of the United Arab Emirates and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, welcomed the world to Expo 2020 Dubai - and the United Arab Emirates - in his speech, saying : “Expo 2020 Dubai will provide a meaningful platform for all people to connect, debate and work together. Together, we will transmit, from the United Arab Emirates to the world, on our 50th anniversary, a message of tolerance, coexistence and peace; a message of progress, prosperity and growth; a message of brotherhood, happiness and an unwavering will to create a better future for all. "
Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, Secretary General, Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), said: “The whole world is coming together, for the first time since the pandemic began, to connect, exchange and learn in this extraordinary global setting. The time has come to open Expo 2020 in Dubai, an exhibition that marks the era, that plays a decisive role in the global recovery and that contributes to a better future ”.
The flags of the 192 participating nations of the Expo, revealed through a domino effect when the flags were opened one by one, was a proud and visually impressive moment that also meant an awakening of the world.
It was celebrated tenor Andrea Bocelli who brought the house down, completing the electrifying process of the night with one of his all-time classics, The Prayer, whose human connection lyrics made it to the grand finale.
With over 80 million albums to his credit, classical music's best-selling living artist said that performing at Expo 2020 was a "great honor" and that his presence at Al Wasl "reflects all the affection my audience has given me. I've been giving for many years and I hope to give it back ”.
Andrea Bocelli said: “We have all gone through a year that no one could have imagined. For a year, we have lost the essential, our freedom in and, in a sense, and even our dignity. Now we finally see the light and I hope that this event also helps instill in everyone a sense of optimism, a desire to achieve and to leave what we had left behind ”.
Before that, chart-topping British vocalist Ellie Goulding sang a booming and uplifting version of Anything Can Happen; Andra Day wowed audiences with Rise Up; Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang captivated with his wizardry; and singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo, along with renowned Saudi singer Mohammed Abdu, sang the mighty If You're Out There? by John Legend. , with its poignant lyrics imploring the world to unite.
Other highlights included the Expo's official song, This Is Our Time., Sung by Arab artists Hussain Al Jassmi, Almas and Mayssa Karaa, while Emirati singing sensation Ahlam Alshamsi completed the formidable regional line-up. The artistic prowess of Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman's all-female ensemble, the Firdaus Orchestra, comprising 50 musics from across the Arab world, also proved to be a critical part of the ceremony's inspiring journey.
Scott Givens, Executive Producer, Expo 2020 Opening Ceremony, who co-curated and co-produced the show with Franco Dragone, Artistic Director, said: the Expo.
“Of course, we wanted to represent the world, we wanted to be plural and we wanted to reflect the diversity of our planet. I am very proud of the combination of talent we have brought together to do this and the way they have executed history. "
A feeling of warmth, respect, togetherness and camaraderie was palpable throughout the celebration, also showing that the world is prepared and ready to embrace live events again. The stage is now set for Expo 2020 Dubai to host the world's largest cultural gathering, featuring 182 visually stunning and emotionally inspiring days, with more than 200 participants, including nations, multilateral organizations, businesses and educational institutions, as well as millions of Visitors - Create the largest and most diverse World Expo in history.