Spirit of the Games - Staging the Ceremony

Preparations for the Ceremony involved a remarkable number of talented people. The development of key symbols such as the tram, duck and the floating fish on the Yarra were led by experienced artistic directors and teams of creative experts. The Queen’s Baton alone involved 24 Victorian companies.

Each segment in the Ceremony involved producers, production managers, designers, choreographers, sound and light technicians, camera operators, riggers, casting consultants, painters, costumiers, computer programmers, sculptors and engineers.

Thousands of performers were also involved: puppeteers, acrobats, ballet dancers, motorbike riders and a mass cast of ordinary Melburnians, who rehearsed secretly for weeks in temperatures up to 38 degrees Celsius.