Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony: Date, Broadcast Time, Channel, Performers and a Riot of Color

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The biggest sporting event in the world is here! The 2016 Olympic Games will take place in the colorful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Could anything be more exciting than this? The Rio Olympics opening ceremony date is August 5, 2016 and everybody is dying to know what time is the opening ceremony of the Olympics? The Opening Ceremony will begin 20:00 pm local time in Rio, but will be broadcast tonight beginning at 7pm EST. Due to the time difference, the start time will vary for other countries in different parts of the world, so don’t miss it! Check out the Rio Olympics TV schedule at the end of this article.

On a Tight Budget

The ceremony will take place at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro and will have audiences glued to their TV screens. Unlike the London ceremony that costed the city an arm and a leg, the Rio Olympics opening ceremony will have a smaller budget. In fact, sources suggest that the Rio Olympics opening ceremony budget is just 10% of the previous London Olympics ceremony budget! Brazilian film director, Fernanro Meirelles, who is in charge of the opening ceremony, defended his low budget. He said that he would be ashamed to spend as much as was spent on London’s opening ceremonies, in a country like Brazil. This was because in Brazil, sanitation and education are top priorities, which is where most of the money is to be allotted. He said he was happy to work with a low budget because it made more sense for Brazil as a country.

Cheap Thrills

Low budget or high budget, one thing is certain. There’s going to be a riot of color at the Maracana stadium on the 5th of August, 2016. For goodness sake, it’s Rio de Janeiro! Some details have leaked through social media, but the organizers are trying hard to keep a lid on the ceremony details. One report suggests that supermodel, Gisele Bundchen will be mugged by an actor and then there will be a thrilling police chase at the stadium. ‘Favelas’ will be shown at one end of the stadium and then the boxes will be brought to the ground below. It is also speculated that Judi Dench will read out a poem at the opening ceremony. The objective is to showcase Brazil as it is, showing both the good and bad parts. Honesty is the overriding factor in this year’s Olympics.

The Best of Brazil

Everybody is curious to know who the Rio Olympics opening ceremony performers are? Information on this is sketchy but it’s believed that Brazilian musicians, Anitta, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil will perform at the opening ceremony. Their participation will show the world the ‘best’ in Brazilian music. Deborah Colker (Brazil’s most famous choreographer) will prepare almost 6,000 dancers to perform at the ceremony. The ceremony directors are deliberately avoiding high tech stuff like moving stages and drones, and instead are focusing on native originality. The ceremony will reflect creativity, emotion and rhythm of the Brazilian people.

Where to Watch?

So, when is the opening ceremony for the 2016 summer Olympics? It is on August 5, 2016. When is the Olympics opening ceremony broadcast time? It is at 20:00 pm local time, Rio, and NBC has confirmed that they will be broadcasting coverage in the U.S. beginning at 8 pm ET/PT. By now, you must be dying to know which channel are the Olympics on? They are on the networks and digital platforms of the NBC channel which will broadcast the games live on all days. So, get your popcorn, grab your drink and binge watch the games from day one to day ten. Have fun and root for your home teams!



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