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Everything posted by mattygs

  1. Oh, and Shapeshifter are performing, so that will be awesome.
  2. Nothing. LOLOL. Really, it's the Cantabs moment in the sun , they've made this a community event for everyone to enjoy. It's done by a reasonably little known creative team. It'll be awesome at what it is, but a traditional opening ceremony it is not. I don't really think the angle they're taking is a bad thing though. In any case, be fantastic to get this thing underway, a long time coming.
  3. No, Im pretty sure the organising committees are taking a different approach for these ceremonies. Looks like they are more community based concert events, rather than stadium events (infact, I don't think either are taking place in a stadium). I don't mind to be honest, as long as it's not pretending to be a stadium spectacular.
  4. Atlanta had the gift/curse (whatever your opinion happens to be) of being obligated to mark the centennial in addition to their local culture. I feel they covered everything off extremely well in a well produced show, creating some of the most beautiful segments in Olympic ceremonies history. However, I can see how this show (probably along with Athens) is one that is always going to polarise people.
  5. I've always loved this photo of Queenstown I think that above link included stuff from the Queenstown winter festival I'm not really a booster for Queenstown as a winter Olympic host, but certainly am for it being a winter sport destination (I'm realistic)
  6. As nice as the Sochi and London graphics are, I do prefer the runner based logos of the Sydney era. I think Athens and Lillehammer would have to be my favourites. As far as Rio goes, I've loved their look of the Games so far, but this one is a little bit of a miss for me. It seems very static.
  7. With the recent reveal of the Rio torch relay and relay logo, thought it might be a good time to head back and look at some of the different logos used for their part of the look of the Games. Favourites? Barcelona 92 Lillehammer 94 Atlanta 96 Nagano 98 Sydney 2000 Salt Lake 2002 Athens 2004 Torino 2006 Beijing 2008 Vancouver 2010 London 2012 Sochi 2014 Rio 2016
  8. To an extent I agree with this. While I'm not a fan of the concept of a worldwide torch relay, a regional specific one (especially in areas where other neighbours aren't likely to host the Olympics anytime soon) can often be a worthwhile idea - yet still I guess expensive. The Sydney 2000 trek around New Zealand and the Pacific was a great idea.
  9. We'd also have to include the performers on the heliospheres in the Barcelona closing.
  10. Stunner of a day here in the Mt today, such a shame Bay Oval didn't get any matches during the Cup.
  11. A very very short highlights clip of the Victoria 94 Commonwealth Games ceremonies
  12. Have found the full Closing Ceremony of the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games. While the opening was Olympic class, the closing ceremony in contrast was pretty basic. Of best note would be the performance of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and the handover to Victoria. I would also put the gigantic puffy pohutukawa inspired shoulders of Betty Anne Monga as a highlight. I haven't watched all these parts right through, but it looks like it's missing the school kids jump rope for heart display at the start. Six parts in all. And while previously posted in parts, I've also found a full start to finish copy of the opening ceremony of Auckland 1990, this one from 9 Australia.
  13. It's nice, kinda reminds me of the Oslo artwork though. I do prefer the Malmo and Copenhagen looks, I found Baku's just too similar to the Nagano 98 logo.
  14. The vote to halt the link until govt funding was approved was voted down today 16-7. In the end, it was the usual suspects who are so connected to their iron overloads who voted it down - Cameron Brewer, Dick Quax, George Woods and co. So, we continue. We can be thankful for the precinct development of the downtown shopping centre( I use the term shopping centre liberally), it's going to be the thing that gets this pushed along.
  15. Olympic music related. Jemma Rix, who plays Elphaba in the Australian cast/NZ/Asian cast of Wicked, belted out Heroes Live Forever at yesterday's Melbourne Cup. I've thought Jemma was amazing since she starred as Elphaba, and this is a pretty good version I think.
  16. As a reference, I believe the 2006 study for Christchurch had downhill at Mt Hutt, with the run being extended down into the cark parking area, obviously nordic events set for Snowfarm in Wanaka, Bobsleigh around Porters Pass.
  17. As a side note Bruce, I'm wondering if you had contemplated the possibility a youth winter games bid (or a summer one for Auckland)?
  18. Interesting reading Bruce. While I'm not in the camp of seeing this as a realistic option at the moment, it's good to see someone asking questions, and asking those questions in relation to Agenda2020. Certainly a different approach to Bruce Ullrich and the feasibility study done for the 2006 Games (a surprisingly large and comprehensive document which was produced btw). I guess all options need to be on the table with the current situation we are in for the 2022 Games. The one aspect of this concept is that it includes Queenstown, something that was severely missing from the Christchurch 2006 bid plan, how you could even mention a Kiwi Olympic Winter Games bid and not including this..... is beyond me. Still, once the transport is overcome, I am not entirely sure of public support. I kind of see NZ as the Sweden/Norway of the Southern Hemisphere - the public are very sceptical of events like this and spending on it. I think a key for any NZ bid for a winter games or commonwealth games, has to be that we need to stay away from the number 8 wire mentality. If we are serious about bidding for anything, we need to stay clear of naive minds who think it's ok to propose speed skating in a wool shed. As odd as it sounds, container terminal was proposed as a venue for 2006. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we had the hugely successful and professionally well run 2011 rugby world cup. In any case, it's nice to see a new angle. It asks many questions, and that can't be a bad thing at the moment for the Olympic movement, in particular for the winter Games.
  19. I like it, though the explanation seems a bit weak. FIFA really do seem to be having an identity crisis with branding their world cups though, they seem to be craving to come up with an equiv of the Olympic rings. We had the attempt to use the 2002 logo in all subsequent logos, then moved to the frame format of the South Africa 2010 logo (which most of the other fifa championships and events also used, and now all FIFA logos seem to be taking the form of the trophy of the event.
  20. I kinda thought it did seem smaller that I thought it would, however, I thought that about almost every cauldron I saw. When you think about how such a central point of any given main stadium it is, and how it is the focal feature of any opening ceremony, I was surprised at how tiny they appeared. Nagano's, Munichs and Barcelona's seemed pretty small to me. I think they had just finished with the special Olympics when I was in Athens, but even then, it looked so sparse. I think the problem is there seems to be no natural reason to go out there. Whereas Barcelona, Munich, Sydney etc are all bustling with life, I don't think I saw anyone else at the Athens Olympic park. Graffiti everywhere, though to be fair, 2011 seemed to be the European summer of people tagging important or historic buildings.
  21. It was there in 2011 when I visited, and I've just had a look at one of Michael's photos from his trip to Athens in the last month, and it's still there in all its glory.
  22. To be fair, I think to a large degree for many foreigners it's the other way round. There is a struggle to match Bali to Indonesia, I think to many Bali is....... Bali. So maybe that's something to work on.
  23. I just attempted to watch some of the closing ceremony. What is it about the Asian Games (and their hybrids), their ceremonies seem to end up as a total want fest. I watched some of the Indonesian handover. what was the deal with that long winded introduction video, outlining ring roads and stating that they had been *preparing since early* Surely the public doesn't need a lesson on current government funding and public policy , just come out and do your wee dance then go home.
  24. I guess Sydney was the last in a particular era of stadium theatre, things became a little more abstract after Sydney and Salt Lake. Sydney also had the benefit of being able to go in any direction to present itself to a world which to a large degree didn't know much about it. This was a benefit and curse of London and Melbourne perhaps. The world was well aware of British history and London, and likewise, the Commonwealth has been well introduced to Australia and even Melbourne. I suppose the ceremonies team decided then to go down a far more conceptual angle, with London deciding to base their ceremonies around their history of revolutions, as opposed to history. Melbourne, decided to go for those more unique and quirky things that they see to be in Melbourne, much of it reminded me of of most of their promotional work here in New Zealand. An audience which doesn't want a wo to go history of the city, but is more interested in trams, the laneways, the food, the culture etc etc. While Melbourne may not have been the favourite for many in terms of contents, you'd be doing it tough to find a better produced show I think.
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