The opening ceremony for the European City Of Sport was named 'On Your Marks' and was a large scale outdoor event encompassing culture, heritage and sport, which gathered everyone together at the beginning of what promises to be a momentous year for Stoke-on-Trent. It was an evening of celebration, that led audiences on an emotional journey focused not only around the great sporting achievements of the city and the sports stars it has produced, but also the wonderful artistic and cultural legacy that it has given to the world.
'On Your Marks' was a bespoke performance piece created by Artistic Director Jen Heyes with Sound Design created by myself. The sound and visual spectacular aimed to take audiences on a journey through ‘This Great City’, ‘England’s Beating Heart’ and ‘Our Sporting Life’, exploring the city’s solid foundations and rich heritage of creativity, innovation, grass roots and professional sport and an abundance of community sport.
Incorporating community participation, appearances from local sporting heroes and representatives from across Europe, sporting greats, music, dance, film, digital projection, sporting showcases, a people’s parade and a firework finale.