Pyeongchang 2018 have announced they have established an International Consulting Committee to help choose suitable candidates who will assist in the production and direction of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
The Committee, comprised of five experienced directors and producers who have been involved in past successful ceremonies, will be responsible for appointing the director for both Ceremonies at the Games, which take place in the South Korean region in three years’ time.
Konstantin Ernst, who directed the highly-acclaimed Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, will help Pyeongchang 2018 alongside a list of leading names.
Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremony director David Atkins and Don Mischer, best-known for the iconic Ceremonies at Atlanta 1996 and at Salt Lake City in 2002, are both on the Committee.
Sidney Kimme, chief creative officer for leading production company Showscan Entertainment, is also part of the team tasked with finding the best people to produce Pyeongchang’s Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
The International Consulting Committee have been interviewing candidates for the past few days, with the Ceremonies in the South Korean resort set to carry a theme of “new horizons”.
“Pyeongchang 2018 has formed the International Consulting Committee comprised of international experts who will work closely with domestic artists to showcase the cultural capacity of the host country and city in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Pyeongchang 2018 President Cho Yang-ho said.
“Preparation has started in earnest.”
“We are putting forward our best efforts to prepare for the successful Opening and Closing Ceremonies in cooperation with the International Consulting Committee as well as the Domestic Advisory Board which will be established soon.”
The Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics is due to take place on February 9, with the Closing Ceremony scheduled for February 25.
The Paralympic Winter Games, meanwhile, are scheduled to begin on March 9 and run through to March 18.
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