‘Best of British’ Line-up to Create 2012 Opening/Closing Ceremonies

February 21, 2011

A line-up has been announced of the ‘best of British creative talent’ by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)  that will be producing the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic games. 

Kim Gavin has been appointed as artistic director for the closing ceremonies for both the Olympic and Paralympic games having worked on shows and performances such as Take That’s comeback tour, BRIT award performances, the Concert for Diana and the Help the Heroes concert.

Stage and costume designer, Es Devlin, has been appointed as the designer for the Olympic closing ceremony since recently designing Lady Gaga’s ‘Monster Ball’ US tour, as well as tours for Muse, Kanye West, Take That and the Pet Shop Boys, and was awarded TPi Stage Designer of the Year 2010 and 2011.

Finally, record producer David Arnold, the composer and producer of films including several Bond films and Independence Day, will be the music director for the ceremonies.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson stated: “What an unrivalled wealth of British creative brilliance. With such a team on board our opening and closing ceremonies will be the envy of the world.”

In addition, awarded winning architect Thomas Heatherwick, will design the Olympic cauldron for the Games after being selected by British director and Oscar winner Danny Boyle, who was appointed artistic director for the opening ceremony last summer.

Sebastian Coe, chairman of London 2012, said: “We’re delighted that the best of British creative talent have joined us and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing ceremonies are certainly in the best possible hands.”