Downtown Buenos Aires will burst into life on 6 October this year, as the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 YOG takes place at the city’s iconic Obelisk monument.
For the first time in modern Olympic history, the Ceremony will eschew a traditional stadium or arena setting to bring the celebrations to the streets of the Argentine capital, creating a completely inclusive event that is open to all members of the public.
This unique spectacle promises to celebrate sport, diversity and gender equality, and will provide the perfect start for the YOG Buenos Aires 2018 – the first Olympic event to feature the same number of male and female athletes. This important milestone will be highlighted during the lighting of the Olympic cauldron, with organisers revealing that a woman and a man have been chosen to light it together.
Kicking off at 20:00 local time, the Opening Ceremony will involve close to 2,000 people, including more than 350 performers, technicians and musicians from the Argentine theatre company Fuerza Bruta, which is overseeing the artistic direction and has previously captivated audiences around the world with innovative shows that challenge the senses.
In addition to the lighting of the cauldron, one of the main highlights of the evening is sure to be the arrival of the 3,998 young athletes who will shine in the city’s venues over the following 12 days.
Once all 241 events in 32 sports have been completed, the Closing Ceremony will then be held on 18 October at the Youth Olympic Village.