ITALY – Marco Balich Creative Director of UEFA 2012 opening and closing ceremonies

After an international competition, UEFA awarded the task of creating and producing the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the UEFA European Football Championship 2012 to Filmmaster Events/Filmmaster Group, one of the international leaders in the production of great events and spectacular ceremonies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Filmmaster Events is guided by Marco Balich (image), the creator of the ceremonies for the Olympic and Paralympic Games held in Turin in 2006 and winner, together with the Brazilian society SRCOM, of the executive production of the Olympic ceremonies of Rio 2016. The first production for the Rio 2016 will be the Flag Handover from the London 2012 Olympic Games.


The opening ceremony will take place on 8 June at the National Stadium in Warsaw in Poland before the kick-off of the opening match between Poland and Greece. The closing ceremony will take place in Kyiv on 1 July at the Olympic Stadium. More than 800 volunteers will be involved in the opening and closing ceremonies at UEFA Euro 2012. Recruiting of volunteer performers for the UEFA Euro 2012 ceremonies has already started and the open positions include dancers, gymnasts, actors, acrobats. People who want to be part of the team must have energy for an event that will be watched by people all around the world.

Marco Balich is the creative director and executive producer of great events and ceremonies, one of the most prominent figures in the global live entertainment scenario. He designed many international events such as the Flag Handover in Salt Lake City, the Turin 2006 Olympic Ceremonies, the Carnival of Venice, Mexico City’s 2010 Bicentennial Ceremonies, the New Delhi Commonwealth Games’ Opening Ceremony, the 75th Anniversary of Shakhtar Donetsk FC in Ukraine, and the inauguration of the Juventus FC Stadium in Turin.

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