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The great day has come. Thus was the dawn of this  day in the city of Rio de  Janeiro. Called "Very Heroic and Loyal" by the first Emperor of Brazil, the city of San Sebastian, already Wonderful, becomes now an Olympic City. Since that October in 2009 when, with our hearts in our hands, we followed that white envelope delivered to Jacques Rogue. It was  in a paralyzing thriller that we heard the tearing of that envelope and finally the announcement; since that day, this is the most anticipated one.
Strange times, different times. The city was upside down. Buildings were everywhere. I had the feeling that if there was a hell this was Rio de Janeiro, the Heroic and Loyal Olympic City of San Sebastian. There was no street meter that was not stoked, no one remained indifferent and untouched. Only the Guanabara Bay was in a comfort zone. True, it is still filthy. But it is also true that there is less sewage in it than before. But it doesn´t make sense anymore. 
Strange times. Interesting times.  The City had never struggled so much to become a better place. However, at the same time the Wonderful City had never been so scrutinized, soiled, wronged, discredited. It had never been so trampled upon. Unrighteous eyes led to equally unjust texts. They were joined even by an apocalyptic pest, as a mosquito. No one pointed out the fact that in a short period of time Brazilians scientists were able to identify the disease, study all of its phases, find its vector. For unfair eyes, nothing in Brazil works or is worthy of note.
Some decreed in uppercase letters that the city had failed. Headlines for some newspapers that make the news. Some people did not lose time to say "I told you, remember?" and seek the credit for their self-fulfilling prophecies.
Rio de Janeiro did not become a town of a developed country. In fact, much of what is said against Rio de Janeiro comes from this failure: not to take into consideration that the Heroic and Loyal City is a city of  a developing country. But it has become much better than it was nine years ago.
Some people ask themselves what will the Games be like? What will the Opening Ceremony be remarkable by? Where will it stand among the enchantment of Barcelona, the weight of Beijing, the lightness of London, the boldness of Sydney, the history lesson of Athens, the Broadway style of Los Angeles, the dream of Atlanta? 
I do not know. But at this point, it is time to enjoy every moment, to enjoy each event, starting today and tonight. 
Congratulations and luck, Rio de Janeiro. Have a great Olympic day!

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/\/\  Great editorial, Mauricio.  Enjoy and remember this day as a proud Carioca!  It will probably not pass your way again.  ;) 

I was so intimidated by Rio.  I didn't realize it was so vast.  

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2 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

/\/\  Great editorial, Mauricio.  Enjoy and remember this day as a proud Carioca!  It will probably not pass your way again.  ;) 

I was so intimidated by Rio.  I didn't realize it was so vast.  

Agreed. Yes things havent gone as perfect as expected but from the grand scheme of things, these olympics will be historic: first olympics in south america.  That itself is an feat.

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NBR ( state broadcaster ) is broadcasting the reception for heads of state. There are 38 heads of state ( a shame compared to London and Beijing ) . What strikes me is the clutter , foreign heads of state or arrive with very short range or very long time . Some have to wait in queue while others can follow normally. Also , Itamaraty Palace is not beautiful, it looks like it needs a makeover. The reception should be in Sao Cristovao that is 2km away from Maracanã and has better conditions. 

 

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The director of the opening ceremony of 2016 , the filmmaker Fernando Meirelles , admitted that the last test " was a disaster ."

" We had a very bad test two days ago, our last rehearsal was a disaster ," said the acclaimed director . "This may be something good, now everyone is watching . We were very quiet , rehearsed and everything went wrong ," he added .

 

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1 minute ago, brasilolimpico said:

 

The director of the opening ceremony of 2016 , the filmmaker Fernando Meirelles , admitted that the last test " was a disaster ."

" We had a very bad test two days ago, our last rehearsal was a disaster ," said the acclaimed director . "This may be something good, now everyone is watching . We were very quiet , rehearsed and everything went wrong ," he added .

 

 

They called me; but I said I couldn't come.  I needed more notice I told them -- but I wished them luck!! 

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Protests are small so far. The demonstrations against the Acting President are small . No poses a major threat to the organization, everything should go well .

 

 

Anyway, all ready for a great show ! I hope you all my friends in the world enjoy a great ceremony and a great Olympics !

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50 minutes ago, brasilolimpico said:

 

The director of the opening ceremony of 2016 , the filmmaker Fernando Meirelles , admitted that the last test " was a disaster ."

" We had a very bad test two days ago, our last rehearsal was a disaster ," said the acclaimed director . "This may be something good, now everyone is watching . We were very quiet , rehearsed and everything went wrong ," he added .

 

Crap...

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my review of the rio opening ceremony

 

Spoiler

it started a bit of a mess i still don't get the upside down peace sign symbol and the national anthem could have been a success if the kept it simple and not and not add thoes children  

but from indigious section up to now it's a sucess. i loved the immigration section and the favela was beautiful.

thank god for projections because i have a feeling that they might do the sliperry spole of 'school play' mode.

its the parade of nation section now. i hate the marshall outfit. look like a pancho that never tried. i like the idea of a short ramp. the placebearer is inventive. the child mascot remind me of 2012 and i think it's a great addition to the OC.

 

 

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So, who sang the National Anthem?  Who played the piano for "Girl from Ipanema"  (is Gisele really from Ipanema...or is that another fiction?)  Who were the 2 older male singers in white outfits?  

Was the Dumont plane flying backwards?? 

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4 minutes ago, baron-pierreIV said:

So, who sang the National Anthem?  Who played the piano for "Girl from Ipanema"  (is Gisele really from Ipanema...or is that another fiction?)  Who were the 2 older male singers in white outfits?  

here's a little info on some of the music..

Brazilian musicians delight at Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony

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14 minutes ago, baron-pierreIV said:

So, who sang the National Anthem?  Who played the piano for "Girl from Ipanema"  (is Gisele really from Ipanema...or is that another fiction?)  Who were the 2 older male singers in white outfits?  

Was the Dumont plane flying backwards?? 

Paulinho da Viola

 

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On 12/11/2014 at 5:14 PM, gotosy said:
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Rio 2016 looking for 2,000 ‘show business’ volunteers to work on Olympic and Paralympic Games ceremonies Make-up artists, costume designers and wardrobe assistants among the roles for opening and closing ceremonies and medal presentations

Major international pop stars, hip-hop and ballet dancers mixing it up with circus performers, spectacular fireworks and the best athletes in the world. These are just some of the ingredients commonly seen at Olympic and Paralympic Games opening and closing ceremonies. With a worldwide audience of billions, they provide some of the most exciting moments of the Games – the athletes’ parade, arrival of the Olympic torch and lighting of the Olympic cauldron.

It will be no different at the Rio 2016 Games, and behind the scenes 2,000 volunteers will ensure everything runs smoothly. They will fulfil various roles in costume design, make-up and hairstyling for a cast of thousands, along with providing support for guests and help with set assembly. (Want to play your part? Apply here.)

“Volunteers will get a real taste of what it’s like to work on big events in show business,” said Rio 2016 ceremonies specialist Maria Ilka. “The Olympic and

Paralympic Games opening and closing ceremonies bring together thousands of people on-stage and in the wings, working side-by-side with the great professionals of the entertainment industry.”

Ceremonies volunteers will work in three areas – creative, technical and operations – with many roles to be played by aspiring producers during the opening, closing and medal ceremonies.

Creative roles include costume designers, make-up artists, hair stylists and casting assistants. On the technical side, volunteers will help build and assemble stage sets and scenery, as well as helping the various teams communicate effectively. Operations assistants will ensure that everything runs smoothly, dealing with accreditations and making sure everyone involved is in the right place at the right time, both during rehearsals and the show itself.

At the award ceremonies for winning athletes, volunteers will carry the medals and bouquets, and accompany athletes, helping to ensure they are prepared for their big moment.

To be a volunteer, you need to be 18 years old by February 2016 and available to work during the period of the Games. Registrations close on 15 December so don’t miss out, sign up here.

Be in the cast…

Volunteers who are mad about performance art and want to show off their talents will have the opportunity to become members of the Rio 2016 ceremonies cast through a special process. Auditions are scheduled for 2015, but you can register now and we will let you know when we the auditions begin.

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