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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:18 +0300

Details of GSSE Ceremonies Unveiled

NICOSIA, 28 April 2009 - Details (but not too much) of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe CYPRUS 2009 were revealed today during a Press Conference at Olympic House, here.

Mario Frangoulis, the world-renowned Greek tenor, will be the highlight of the Opening Ceremony, scheduled to start at the GSP Sports Complex at 20:30 on Monday 1 June 2009. Amongst others, Frangoulis will perform a world premiere of a composition by Canada's David Foster which still remains a secret. "I cannot reveal more, but it will be a hymn of hope and love," said Frangoulis at the Press Conference.

Frangoulis will also perform the official song of the Games, titled "Voyage to the Horizon", composed by Vassos Argyridis on lyrics by Babis Anagiotos. The impressive song, recorded for the first time just a day previously, was first played back during the Press Conference.

Kalli Hadjiiosef, president of the Ceremonies Committee of the XIII GSSE, presented the full concept of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The Opening Ceremony clearly  based on forces of Cyprus, will feature 1300 children, 300 folk dancers, a 100-member dance group and a 300-member choir, backed by the percussion performers of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Other aspects of the Opening Ceremony include the lighting of the altar with a flame that will burn throughout the Games, the entrance of the flag of the Games, the oath of athletes and judges and the official opening of the Games by the President of the Republic, Dimitris Christofias.

The Closing Ceremony, scheduled to start at 20:00 at the GSP Sports Complex, will feature Greek singer Glykeria, who will perform popular Greek songs "for as long as it takes," according to Ms Hadjiiosef.

"I had already adopted Cyprus in my heart and in my life," said Mr Frangoulis during the Press Conference. "But now I feel that you all have adopted me. Our performance at the Games will send a message of peace, love and security for all the children of the world."

"Our friends from abroad will get to know and our fellow Cypriots will get to relive yesterday and today, while receiving a glimpse into the Cyprus of tomorrow," added the President of the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Ouranios Ioannides. "They will become ambassadors of our local, national and supernational European civilisation and of our visions--and, why not, our hopes."

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Mario Frangoulis at Olympic House in Nicosia, Tuesday COC President Ouranios Ioannides at the Press Conference for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XIII GSSE The panel during the Press Conference for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XIII GSSE Presentation of Mario Frangoulis at the Press Conference for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XIII GSSE

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