Andrea Bocelli and Ellie Goulding will perform at Expo 2020 Dubai Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony will utilise the largest immersive sound installation in the world and the world’s largest blended video projection installation.

An incredible roster of international, regional, and home-grown talent will perform at Expo 2020’s Opening Ceremony in the Al Wasl Plaza on 30 September.

Spectators will enjoy a masterful display of stunning visuals, music and performances, as some of the world’s most creative minds, internationally renowned artists and emerging talents come together in a dazzling, ground-breaking performance that will be shared with audiences around the world.

Among those slated to perform are world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli; Grammy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning actress, singer and songwriter Andra Day; Platinum-selling British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding; international mega-star pianist Lang Lang; and four-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo.

Highlighting the creative diversity and talent of the region, the glittering line-up also includes the ‘Artist of Arabs’ Mohamed Abdo, much-loved Emirati singing sensation ‘Fananat Al Arab’ Ahlam Alshamsi; Emirati Artist and Expo 2020 Dubai Ambassador Hussain Al Jassmi, a trendsetter on the Khaleeji music scene in the Middle East and Internationally; rising UAE singer-songwriter Almas; and Grammy-nominated Lebanese-American singer Mayssa Karaa.

Drawing inspiration directly from Expo’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, the Opening Ceremony will take spectators on an incredible journey across its subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, showcasing the deep-rooted values of the UAE and the vision and purpose of the Expo, while welcoming the mega-event’s 192 participating countries in spectacular fashion. 

Behind the scenes, preparations have brought together creative minds from different geographies, industries, and backgrounds, including a talented in-house team of Emirati and international creatives, with event organisers commissioning and actively co-creating and co-producing the collaborative spectacle. The wider team is led by Scott Givens, executive producer and CEO of FiveCurrents, whose credits include 62 iconic ceremonies, including the most Olympic Ceremonies ever, and includes Franco Dragone, acclaimed artistic director of ground-breaking productions such as La Perle and Cirque du Soleil, and Jared Sweet, the award-winning creative director behind ceremonies spanning six countries.

Available to watch on Expo TVVirtual Expo and broadcast to a global audience across multiple channels, the Opening Ceremony will showcase the stunning Al Wasl Plaza, including the largest immersive sound installation in the world and the world’s largest blended video projection installation. The audience will be at the centre of the show as it unfolds, with the revolving stage, stunning surroundings and immersive technologies coming to life around them.

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