The countdown has begun until the grand opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games!
Brace yourselves for an epic time, get your Rio themed party in full swing – but before that, take a look at everything you need to know about how the games are going to kick off and the kind of show Rio will be putting on for the world to see…
When is it?
What time & where to watch?
You’re right to wonder too – as it is kicking off in Rio at their local time of 8pm, it means that for us lot, in the UK, that it won’t begin till midnight tonight! It’s ok though – gives you enough time to down down to the pub and enjoy a few pint with the lads before parking yourself in front of the telly.
You can watch the opening ceremony on BBC One and online, with further coverage on BBC Radio 5 live, from 23:40 BST on Friday.
What to expect from the Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony of Rio 2016 will take place as the Maracana football stadium, and will start at midnight UK time – and is expected to last about 3-4 hours, so although you should keep the party going, it’s best to pace yourself if you’re going to make it till the end
The creative team behind the celebration have promised “to deliver a message for planet earth” that will kick off the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Ooh.
The themes will be ecology, diversity and joy. This will form part of the show that gives an honest and open view of Brazil.
We have a few Brits joining the opening ceremony with Dame Judi Dench reading a poem by a Brazilian author as well as Andy Murray, proudly leading British Olympians into the stadium and waving the UK flag.
According to whispers here and there, supermodel, Gisele Bundchen, is also expected to play a big part in the opening ceremony.
It has been described as the most sexy Olympic opening ceremonies to date. Intriguing.