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
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.
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."