The World Games is an international multi-sport event for sports and disciplines that are not part of the Olympic Games. The biggest multi-sports event of the year deserved spectacular opening and closing celebrations. facts and fiction participated in the planning and implementation and developed a programme featuring high-class participants, video clips and the official World Games song.
Start as you mean to go on. The year's biggest multi-sport event opened with a spectacular programme featuring a glittering array of performers. The star tenor José Cura, Nena and her band, and the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra all took part. A multinational complement of 400 dancers and artists as well as 1,500 athletes took centre stage together with prominent international, national and regional representatives from the worlds of sport, politics and entertainment.
The ceremony began with the symbolic passing of a relay baton, the rich sound of Japanese taiko drumming and a performance by 40 aikido practitioners. The message was clear: the Games had travelled from Akita in Japan to Duisburg in Germany for their 7th series.
The elaborate multinational show that followed forged a link between the motto of the 2005 World Games - once in a lifetime - and the venues, namely Duisburg, Bottrop, Oberhausen and Mülheim an der Ruhr. Stylised representations of the Rivers Rhine and Ruhr merged to symbolise the melting pot of nations at the games.
Duisburg extended a warm welcome to visitors from all over the world with a broad palette of colour and choreography that depicted the emergence of the former industrial powerhouse as a place of natural beauty in tune with its culture.
The spectacle was filled with superlatives will not be forgotten by the stadium and television audiences.
facts and fiction was responsible for the planning and implementation of the opening ceremony, the production of video clips, and the production of the World Games song Once in a Lifetime.
The closing ceremony was also a facts and fiction production.