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The World Games Opening Ceremony (July 7) and Closing Ceremony (July 17) are both scheduled for the BJCC Protector Stadium in Birmingham, AL
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama., March 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The initial lineup and details of The opening and closing ceremonies of the 2022 World Games have been announced, promising two nights of unforgettable performances celebrating the rich musical and cultural history of the host city of the 2022 Games Birmingham, AL. Fixed for July 7 and 17 respectively at from Birmingham Protective stage, the ceremonies will feature musical and theatrical performances spanning a wide range of genres and generations. With the funk legend and the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer collins ankle boot serving as emcee, the lineup of performers includes: Yolande Adams, Alabama, The blind boys of Alabama, Bo Bice, Sarah Evans, Taylor Hicks, James Johnson, Nelly, Pastor Mike Jr. Martha ReevesSheila E.., Ruben Studard, Tony! Tony! Your!, Worth the waitand Yung Blue.
The 2022 World Games will begin on July 7 at Protective stage with Unleashing the Magic: Celebrating the Power of the Unique. The evening will be a colorful celebration of sport and birmingham the story. Presented by Alabama Power, the presentation will feature live entertainment, special effects, honorable dignitaries and a parade of athletes representing more than 100 countries. Produced by birminghambased at LRY Media Group, the opening ceremony will celebrate from Birmingham past, present and future. Spoken word artist, musician, educator and birmingham native, Sharif Simmons deliver a poem during the opening ceremonies.
At July 17 at Protective stagethe grand final of the 2022 World Games – One world, one people: Celebrating Legacy, Achievement and Unity – will commemorate the Games with incredible performances and an opportunity for athletes, fans and volunteers to bid farewell to birmingham. Presented by Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITEDthe final presentation will include the presentation ceremony of the World Games flag to the representatives of the host city of 2025: Chengdu, China.
“The World Games will bring a unique level of focus and attention to birmingham and Alabama,” said dr. Henry Panionartistic director of the 2022 World Games. “Our goal is to showcase and celebrate the best of Alabama in presentations that are both celebratory and thoughtful, commemorating our past while articulating hope for our future. I wanted to combine the elements of the Olympic ceremonies and Super Bowl halftime shows, with the best of my true loves…the sounds of a symphony orchestra and the pageantry, artistry and precision of drums professionals. Gospel music and the sound of gospel music have influenced virtually every form of music around the world. Thus, as a Native American art form and Alabamait is quite normal that it figures prominently in these World Games.“
Developed in partnership with the cohort of global partners and advisors, Birmingham, AL-based Audiostate 55 Entertainment was brought in by The World Games to create and lead the ceremonies. This year’s opening and closing ceremonies will be a feast for the eyes and ears. Each night will feature elaborate custom costumes, props and performances, against the backdrop of one of the largest amassed LED screens in America. The choreographed presentation of synchronized lights and immersive sound will feature a cast of over 700 performers combined over the two nights (including dancers, on-court ceremonial performers and more), a 75-piece orchestra and an array of choral ensembles including gospel, classical, and youth choirs, all embarking on a journey through the history of birminghamfrom its incorporation in 1871 to its future.
The World Games return to United States in 2022 for the first time in over 40 years. This year, for 11 days, the World Games will feature events in 34 sports, featuring some 3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries. A total of 24 competition venues will take part in this year’s World Games, including the newly refurbished Birmingham Jefferson Civic Complex.
Stay tuned for more information, including news on the upcoming 2022 World Games theme song.
About the World Games:
The World Games are an extraordinary international sporting event held every four years, the year following each Summer Olympics. Held over 11 days, the Games represent the pinnacle of competition for 3,600 of the world’s best athletes in more than 30 unique multidisciplinary sports. The World Games generate global exposure for participating sports and provide a highly visible stage on which athletes from over 100 countries compete for gold. More than 600 medals will be awarded to competing athletes, including 200 gold medals for the ultimate champions in each discipline.
The World Games are run by the International World Games Association (IWGA), a non-profit organization made up of 37 international sports federations and recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
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