Celebrate an opening or a finale, mark the beginning of something special or pay tribute to its completion. Everyday time is suspended as expectation, excitement and happiness culminate in a new and lasting sense of wonder.
From the Renaissance to the Baroque – XX Winter Olimpic Games
At the opening ceremony of the 20th Winter Olympics in Turin, Valerio Festi and Monica Maimone staged a highly imaginative, touching and unusual presentation of Italian culture and aesthetics, emerging from the most fertile period of creativity, the taste and culture of a millenium. At the heart of the show, the event presented Italy to an audience of more than a million spectators and is remembered as a milestone in the production of events destined for an international audience. The Italian art of celebration was reborn, from the utopia of the Renaissance to the wonder of the Baroque. The Olympic stadium in Turin was transformed into an enormous theatre: fantastical displays and extraordinary scenic inventions in the open air. It was a celebration of Italian beauty, art and passion, of a rich history of artists and their masterpieces. History and culture celebrated through play, comedy and “capriccio”, in a series of images, actions, music and choreography. A celelebration that made clear that its aim was wonder.
The Beauty of Harmony
To start the 100 day count down to the opening of the Beijing Olympics, with the arrival of the Olympic torch on Chinese territory, the Macao government wanted a suitably impressive celebration. Held on the waters of Nam Van Lake it promoted an alternative image, far removed from Macao’s fame as a casino city.
Ensaio sobre a beleza
Rio de Janeiro-Brazil
Studio Festi, with the sponsorship of TIM, and the support of the City of Rio de Janeiro and the Italian Embassy in Brasil, had the honour of opening the Momento Italia Brasile. The event, Ensaio sobre a beleza, took place on the Praça Floriano, in front of the Teatro Municipal di Rio de Janeiro and was greeted enthusiastically by the media throughout Brasil.
Le rideau se lève – Opening ceremony for the Arab capital of culture
For the opening ceremony of Damascus as Arab capital of culture, a firework concert was launched from the Quaisun hill. The display, with 1.6 million spectators, was the first chance the Syrian people had to take part in a large secular open-air celebration.
Lux gulgebit – Restoration of St Peter’s facade
In the presence of Papa Giovanni Paolo II, the Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Valerio Festi and Myung-Whun Chung, conducting the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, there was a magnificant firework display with all the splendour of a baroque festa to celebrate the restoration of the facade of St Peter’s. 100.000 spectators and an audience of 1.000.000 for live television.
100.000 spettatori e 1.000.000 l’audience della diretta televisiva.