søndag 9. januar 2022

Beijing 2022 opening ceremony will be historic, says director

Expect a Beijing 2022 opening ceremony that is "different" from that of the 2008 Games with a way of cauldron lighting "unprecedented in the over 100-year history of the Olympic Games," as disclosed by chief director Zhang Yimou.

Zhang, who directed the opening and closing ceremonies for Beijing's 2008 Games, will be behind the wheel again for the ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Xinhua learned on Friday. The 71-year-old thus become the first man to direct both Summer and Winter Games ceremonies as Beijing makes history as the first dual Olympic city. "It's a great honor to direct the opening ceremony for the second time," Zhang told Xinhua in an exclusive interview, adding that "the burden is very heavy." "I hope to make a good impression and create some wonderful moments that will go down in history," he said.