The opening ceremony for Aarhus’ year as European Capital of Culture 2017 took over the entire city and had a development period of twelve months. While the major event was centered around Danish history and thereby also linked to their Viking origins, it also took a very modern approach with a clear focus on community and the future.
Featuring close to 5000 participants from around the Danish region, a 500 meter long lantern parade carried six illuminated life-sized Viking ships and 4000 individually hand painted lanterns.
This enthralling light procession was accompanied by fifty choirs from the region, bringing together almost 1000 singers as well as a wide range of musicians from individual lur players to full orchestras.
The procession culminated in an elaborate and spectacular video show, with enormous projections mapped onto the industrial buildings in the Aarhus harbour.
The content of this epilogue was to encourage the people to “RETHINK” their future; what is the world they want to live in and how can they make it more inclusive and sustainable for all involved.
Battle Royal Studios proudly worked with Nigel Jamieson, one of the world’s leading creators of large scale theatre and special events,
such as the opening of the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000, the closing ceremony of Manchester Commonwealth Games and the Opening Ceremony of the European Capital of Culture Liverpool in 2008.
Aarhus 2017 – European Capital of Culture
Creative Producer, Associate Ceremony Director & Light Design – Battle Royal Studios
Nigel Jamieson – Executive Creative Director, Ceremony Director
Chris Moylan for Battle Royal Studios – Light Design
How we created the event of the year with Esch2022 European Capital of Culture
The challenging circumstances of the first Covid-19 lockdown offered Battle Royal Studios the opportunity to develop a novel hybrid format for the Esch2022 REMIX Opening, unique in its scope and interactivity for the traditional opening ceremony of a European Capital of Culture. With a wide range of immersive live entertainment, Battle Royal Studios took the audience to the moon and back.
CEO Brendan Shelper shares his experience in large-scale opening ceremonies, and how Design Thinking and digital tools shape new ways of creative processes.