The 2022 World Games celebrate the people, power and rich musical history of Alabama during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies


The 2022 World Games celebrate the people, power and rich musical history of Alabama during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies

The 2022 World Games celebrate the people, power and rich musical history of Alabama during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Bootsy Collins at the MC with performances by Yolanda Adams, Alabama, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Sara Evans, Jamey Johnson, Nelly, Martha Reeves, Sheila E.,

Tony! Tony! Tone!, Yung Bleu and many more

The World Games Opening Ceremony (July 7) and Closing Ceremony (July 17) are both scheduled for the BJCC Protector Stadium in Birmingham, AL

The initial composition and the details of The opening and closing ceremonies of the 2022 World Games were announced, promising two nights of unforgettable performances celebrating the rich musical and cultural history of the host city of the 2022 Games, Birmingham, AL. Scheduled for July 7 and July 17 respectively at Birmingham’s Protection Stadium, the ceremonies will include musical and theatrical performances spanning a wide range of genres and generations. With the funk legend and the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer collins ankle boot serving as emcee, the lineup of performers includes: Yolanda Adams, Alabama, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bo Bice, Sara Evans, Taylor Hicks, James Johnson, nelly, Pastor Mike Jr., Martha Reeves, Sheila E., Ruben Studard, Tony! Tony! Your!, Worth the waitand Yung Blue.

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The 2022 World Games will begin on July 7 at Protective stage with Unleashing the Magic: Celebrating the Power of the Unique. The evening will be a colorful celebration of sport and Birmingham history. Presented by Alabama Power, the presentation will feature live entertainment, special effects, honorable dignitaries and a parade of athletes representing more than 100 countries. Produced by Birmingham-based LRY Media Group, the opening ceremony will celebrate Birmingham’s past, present and future. Spoken word artist, musician, educator and native of Birmingham, Sharif Simmonsdeliver a poem during the opening ceremonies.

At July 17 at Protective stagethe grand final of the 2022 World Games – One World-One People: Celebrating Legacy, Achievement and Unity – will commemorate the Games with incredible performances and an opportunity for athletes, fans and volunteers to bid farewell to Birmingham. Presented by Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITEDthe final presentation will include the handover ceremony of the World Games flag to representatives of the 2025 host city: Chengdu, China.

The World Games will bring a unique level of focus and attention to Birmingham and Alabama,” said Dr Henry Panion, artistic director of the 2022 World Games. “Our goal is to showcase and celebrate the best of Alabama in presentations that are both festive and thoughtful, commemorating our past while expressing hope for our future. I wanted to combine the elements of the Olympic ceremonies and Super Bowl halftime shows, with the best of my true loves…the sounds of a symphony orchestra and the pageantry, artistry and precision of drums professionals. Gospel music and the sound of gospel music have influenced virtually every form of music around the world. So, as an indigenous art form of America and Alabama, it is only fitting that it be highlighted in these World Games.

Developed in partnership with the Cohort of Global Partners and Advisors, based in Birmingham, AL Audiostate 55 Entertainment was brought in by The World Games to create and lead the ceremonies. This year’s opening and closing ceremonies will be a feast for the eyes and ears. Each night will feature elaborate custom costumes, props and performances, against the backdrop of one of the largest amassed LED screens in America. The choreographed presentation of synchronized lights and immersive sound will feature a cast of over 700 performers combined over the two nights (including dancers, on-court ceremonial performers and more), a 75-piece orchestra and a range of choral ensembles including gospel, classical, and youth choirs, all embarking on a journey through Birmingham’s history, from its incorporation in 1871 to its future.

The World Games return to the United States in 2022 for the first time in over 40 years. This year, for 11 days, the World Games will feature events in 34 sports, featuring some 3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries. A total of 24 competition venues will take part in this year’s World Games, including the newly refurbished Birmingham Jefferson Civic Complex.

Stay tuned for more information, including news on the upcoming 2022 World Games theme song.

About the World Games:

The World Games are an extraordinary international sporting event held every four years, the year following each Summer Olympics. Held over 11 days, the Games represent the pinnacle of competition for 3,600 of the world’s best athletes in more than 30 unique multidisciplinary sports. The World Games generate global exposure for participating sports and provide a highly visible stage on which athletes from over 100 countries compete for gold. More than 600 medals will be awarded to competing athletes, including 200 gold medals for the ultimate champions in each discipline.

The World Games are run by the International World Games Association (IWGA), a non-profit organization made up of 37 international sports federations and recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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