POSTED: September 7th 2012

Rio 2016: Independence Day marks four years out to the opening of the Paralympic Games

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

September 7 – The Brazilian Independence day celebration today also signifies the four year out mark to the opening of the 2016 summer Paralympic Games. The first in South America.

During the celebration today Rio organizers revealed plans for the handover flag ceremony at the end of the Paralympics that will feature an eight minute presentation themed on ‘joyfulness’ and will promote the concepts of cultural diversity, blissful harmony and contagious energy.

The hand over presentation will include great names in Brazilian music and will be opened by the Funk do Passinho dance group and will feature disabled and able-bodied artists. Performing will be HerbertVianna, Paralamas do Sucesso, Carlinhos Brown and Thalma de Freitas, who will join various dance groups on the Olympic Stadium stage creating a special Brazilian mood.

Brazilian dancers of the Royal Ballet Company, Thiago Soares and Roberta Marquez, will dance with blind dancers of the Associação de Ballet e Artes para Cegos Fernanda Bianchini.

Two additional dance groups, the Grupo de Dança sobre Rodas Corpo em Movimento and Grupo Companhia Folclórica do Rio – UFRJ, will join them. Then two Brazilian Paralympians Adria dos Santos and Daniel Dias will then take to the stage and conclude the show.

Leonardo Gryner, ceo of Rio 2016, said, “We were impressed by the organisation of London 2012, which provided athletes and spectators with an amazing experience, and took the Paralympic Games to a new level of popularity. 

“We go home back to Rio soon with renewed energy to bring Brazilian joyfulness to the Games and transform the city and the country. We will ensure the great work here in London to promote inclusivity, accessibility and the great sport of the Paralympic Games will continue in Rio.”

The show’s artistic directors are Cao Hamburger and Daniela Thomas,  and Abel Gomes is responsible for creative supervision, and Marco Balich is the executive producer.

Keywords · Rio 2016 · Paralympics · Leonardo Gryner · Independence Day

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