Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 19:00



A multi-faceted, two hour spectacular of music, dance, theatre, lights and fireworks will form the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games on
Sunday 1 December 2013 at Hunter Stadium.

Organisers today announced some of Australia's best known musical performers will take part in the Opening Ceremony including:
• Anthony Callea - ARIA Award winning singer with fastest selling single by an Australian artist,
• Iva Davies - legend of Australian music and Icehouse front man,
• Marcia Hines - Queen of Pop, ARIA Hall of Fame singer, actress, TV personality and local Newcastle resident,
• The McClymonts - ARIA and Country Music Award winning trio,
• Silvie Paladino - internationally recognised Australian singer and star of the West End;
• Doug Parkinson - Australian rock legend born and bred in Newcastle,
• Darren Percival - runner up The Voice 2012, fresh from a sellout tour,
• Marina Prior - Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre.

In addition to the biggest line-up of talent seen in one concert in Newcastle since the Earthquake Relief concert of 1990, there'll be pageantry and a creative celebration of the region in an event which will feature entertainment for everyone.

The Opening Ceremony will also include:
• Performers from the Newcastle-Hunter region,
• Special Olympics dancers,
• Volunteers,
• A parade of the 2,500 Special Olympics athletes from the 32 nations taking part in the Games,
• Lighting of the Games cauldron as the traditional Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run reaches the Stadium,
• An Athletes' Oath recited by a participating athlete,
• An official opening by Australian and international dignitaries.

The gala ceremony will open the first ever Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games for athletes with an intellectual disability.  The Games will take place 30 November to
7 December 2013 with 2,500 athletes from 32 nations taking part  in nine sports across seven venues in the Newcastle-Hunter region. 


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