The London 2012 Ceremonies was a spectacular celebrations of British culture watched by a global audience.
The Opening Ceremonies are a celebration showcasing the best of the Host Nation. They also feature the Athletes’ Parades and the entrance of the Olympic or Paralympic Flame to ignite the Cauldron, signalling the start of the Games.
The Closing Ceremonies include a handover from London to the next Host City of the Olympic and Paralympic Games – Rio de Janeiro – and the extinguishing of the Olympic and Paralympic Flame, signalling the end of the Games.
A total cast of 15,000 took part in the Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Victory Ceremonies are one of the most prestigious aspects of the Games. They are a chance for athletes to celebrate their success formally, and allow their home country to be united in celebration as the national anthem is played and the national flag raised.
Team Welcome Ceremonies traditionally take place before the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. They are a formal welcome to the athletes.
The London 2012 Ceremonies Board is responsible for building and managing the huge team of people who will be developing and producing the ceremonies.