In Melbourne, it?s all about the Games
It's got nothing to do with the National Security, yet, it's one of the most closely-guarded secrets of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games -- the Opening Ceremony.Updated: Mar 16, 2006 19:02 IST
It's got nothing to do with the National Security, yet, it's one of the most closely-guarded secrets of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games -- the Opening Ceremony. The D-Day to unveil the spectacle has arrived and, as the clock shows 7.30pm (Melbourne time), the sky over the Games will illuminate with different hues of Australia. And the night will dance to the beats of various instruments of this continent.
As a precursor to the vibrant opening ceremony, the streets of Melbourne swayed to rhythm of music, as the baton traversed through every nook and corner of this beautiful city on Tuesday.
Messages from legend and a Melbournian, Shane Warne to Andrew Welsh, the Creative Director of the Opening Ceremony, flashed across the Bourke Street as the baton reached the destination late in the evening. From Federation Square to the Town Hall, from pubs to the swanky restaurants, the walls have been adorned with gigantic screens to capture each and every moment of the gala evening.
Of course, officially it's a sellout crowd -- 1,20,000 (the revamped capacity), even though the organisers released 5000 tickets on Monday. “Proud to have Commonwealth Games here. It is important for Victoria, Australia and Commonwealth as a whole. It is the right time to show how friendly the Aussies can be,” read Warne's message to the world.
On the other hand, Welsh, during a press conference, vowed that each and every moment of the opening ceremony would capture the vibrancy and creativity of the city as well as the nation. “It will redefine the concept of an open ing ceremony,” said Welsh.
Brushing aside the incident at the Games village, even the Indian contingent is getting ready for the gala evening with fervour. “We are ready,” said the athletes. “For us it's the competition that matters.” On Wednesday night, more than 6,000 performers, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, will perform. And more than 4,100 athletes will file out, carrying the hopes of 71 nations.
But then there's the weather. In Melbourne, it can change any time. With the weathermen predicting rain on Wednesday, everyone's keeping their fingers crossed. Wait and watch is a simple ploy that the Melbournians are good at! So let's get United for the Moment.
First Published: Mar 16, 2006 19:02 IST