2016 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony

Last August 6, 2016, the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics was held in the Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During the event, a number of speakers made speeches, flags were hoisted, and athletes joined the parade.
The International Olympic Committee also showed a presentation showing the culture and history of Brazil. The presentation features landscapes and forests, the history of the Portuguese people, music, and samba. Some aspects of the ceremony focused on topics of environmental conservation and climate change.
Though the budget was considerably lower compared with past Olympic events, the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics received praises for including a number of entertaining performances and tackling issues of multiculturalism and climate change.
The preparations for the ceremony were headed by the creative directors Fernando Meirelles, Daniela Thomas, and Andrucha Waddington. Six thousand volunteers performed the dance choreographed by Deborah Colker.
Meirelles supported the fact that a smaller budget was allotted for the opening ceremony and just focused on compensating low budget with creativity.
To reflect the best in Brazilian music, Anitta, Caetano Veloso, and Gilberto Gil were invited to perform during the ceremony.
The 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony started with a music video featuring the song “Aquele Abraco” by Luiz Melodia and showing images of Rio de Janeiro. Then some performers clad in silver suits with giant silver sheet performed to the tune of “Samba de Verao.” Afterward, the IOC president Thomas Back was introduced, and the Brazilian National Anthem was led by Paulinho da Viola. Brazil’s flag was raised, and Brazilian athletes carried another 60 flags.
Then, some artistic performances were shown, including the homages paid to the spirit of gambiarra and to the Amazon rainforest. The presentations also showed how the Portuguese people arrived at Brazil, followed by numbers portraying the arrival of Europeans, Africans, and immigration of Arab and Japanese people.
Contemporary Brazil was represented by performance of a parkour group who crossed the stage and jumped on projections of building roofs.
Afterward, the favelas were represented using samba and funk carioca music. Elza Soares and Ludmilla sang also performed. Meanwhile, the rapper Marcelo D2 and singer Zeca Pagodinho performed together, followed by Karol Conka and MC Sofia. Some of the performances were used to portray conflicts, including maracatu and the bumba-meu-boi.
One of the major segments of the ceremony include showing a short video on anthropogenic climate change. The video was narrated by the Brazilian Award-nominee actress Fernanda Montenegro and British Academy Award-winning actress Judi Dench.
After the performances and presentations, the athletes marched into the stadium during the Parade of Nations. Some countries were greatly applauded, especially the team of Refugee Athletes.
The parade of nations was followed by mass parade of the 12 samba schools of Rio Carnival’s Special Group. Then, a song was performed by Anitta, Caetano Veloso, and Gilberto Gil as tribute to Rio Carnival.
Afterward, the first Olympic Laurel Award was given to the Kenyan runner and two-time Olympic champion Kipchoge Keino. He was accompanied by children flying dove-shaped white kites.