The opening ceremony of the Brazil’s Rio Olympics may not have the grandeur of previous Olympics, say officials.
“The message is Brazil has the last garden in the world, which is the Amazon, and we need to protect that garden,” said a source to Associated Press.
The event will showcase Brazil’s rich ethnic diversity, tribal life, music traditions such as bossa nova to “hippy-hoppy,” added officials. The entire event will give feeling of a Carnival and local costumers around Rio have designed the set of the Carnival.
The usual traditional Olympic cauldron may be small this time. A small flame and a huge sculpture by the famous artist Anthony Howe, that would be a representation of the Sun god will be at the venue.
“This message is for the survival of the planet and for the future, which is our only hope, this is not a message of ‘oh the world is going to terminate because of global warming,” said officials.
Being a developing nation with huge population, Brazil will be portraying the ethnic diversity and richness of its people to the world at the opening ceremony, added officials.
The scenic vistas of Amazon rain forests, songs, dances of its tribes will be the highlight of the event, said Marco Balich, to AP. He is the executive producer for the grand ceremony.
“This is not the most grand show,” he told media adding that “This is not an opulent show compared to London or compared to Beijing, but it will be a very emotional ceremony, full of heart and very graceful.”
Balich has a rich expertise in working for many sporting events in the past, including that of art work for the opening ceremonies of Torino Winter Games, Sochi and the Paralympicis event in 2014.
A strong army of 4,800 performers and volunteers are roped into form human “pillars” promoting re-forestation, “smile” “gambiarra,” a Brazillian art, added the artists.
“Smile is the approach the Brazilians have toward life,” Balich revealed. “Brazil is not a grand nation. They’re saying in this ceremony, we are who we are, with a lot of social problems, a lot of crises in the political system etce.,” quipped the artist about the plan for the event.