SEA Games opening ceremony: A flying start

The opening ceremony for the 28th Southeast Asian Games held in Singapore featured an audio visual spectacle, which even broke a Guinness world record. Hurrairah bin Sohail reports.

The 28th Southeast Asian Games held in Singapore drew eyes and attention to the island nation in the year it celebrates its 50th year of independence. Held at the National Stadium, the opening ceremony to kick off the event took place on June 5, 2015.

Led by Beatrice Chia-Richmond, the creative director for the event, the opening ceremony was based around the concept of DNA and what makes every person unique. It also followed the journey of children through youth and to adulthood. The ceremony included performances by local performers, volunteers and entertainers. This was accompanied by extensive projection mapping on to the floor of the National Stadium.

Hexogon Solution Pte Ltd., a Singapore based rental company, was tasked with ensuring the projection mapping for the opening ceremony went off without a hitch. It started working on the project in March 2015. Adrian Goh, managing director for Hexogon Solution, said regarding the company’s involvement: “Hexogon Solution was appointed as the ‘Official Projection Technology Partner’ in charge of the digital projection segment for the Opening and Closing Ceremony of the Games to enhance the show.”

From the beginning the stakes were. Goh says: “The committee expected international standard equivalent to more than the opening and closing ceremony of other sporting events around the world (eg: The Beijing Olympic, NanJingYouth Olympics, Sochi Winter Olympics).”

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