Volunteers wait outside a venue as final preparations are made at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta. Photo: AP
Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang has officially kicked off from Saturday.
The multi-sport event for all Asian countries will witness participation of 10,000 athletes from 45 countries.
A grand-scale opening ceremony has taken place at Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Saturday. The game has been inaugurated with a “colossal” ceremony.
The ceremony, which is expected to be viewed by millions of spectators all across the world, will feature the renowned Indonesian singers, Anggun, along with Raisa, Tullus, Edo Kondologit, Putri Ayu, Fatin, GAC, Kamasean and Via Vallen. The artists will perform on the stage, which, as per the tournament organisers, will be one of the largest of its kind.
The stage, which is of 120 m length, 30m wide and 26m in height, will have a towering mountain in the background, along with Indonesian beautiful, plants and flowers.
The stage has been built manually by artists from Bandung and Jakarta and will witness around 4,000 dancers who will perform on dance choreographed by Denny Malik and Eko Supriyanto.
The dancers are expected to perform “an energetic and elegant show” with the presence of an orchestra that will feature at least a hundred musicians with its two conductors Addie MS and Ronald Steven, who are well recognised amid Indonesian music culture.
Before the start of the ceremony, there will be a parade of athletes from every country.