Preparations for the opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics Beijing 2022 have begun with teenagers performing set to make up 95 percent of the performers in the opening ceremony on the 4th of February 2022.
The ceremony will be directed by Zhang Yimou, who also directed Beijing 2008 Olympic games.
“For the first time in Olympic history, teenagers are invited on such a large scale to perform at the Opening Ceremony,” said Wang Jun, deputy director of the National Stadium’s operation team and director of the performance and ceremony division of Beijing 2022’s department of Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
“From their experience, they are proud of presenting themselves in such major events in the dual Olympic city.”
The cold weather will be the main obstacle for the performers, alongside the issue of balancing studies with performing for the students.
Wang added: “Our performers are ordinary people and teenagers, and many of them have not engaged in performing, but they overcame the difficulties very well and strove to accomplish the task.”
The length of the opening ceremony has been reduced, with COVID-19 pandemic and the cold temperature being the reasons behind it.
Zhang will become the first person to direct Opening Ceremonies of both editions of the Olympics .