NICOSIA, 30 May 2009 –
The Dress Rehearsal of the Opening Ceremony of the XIII
Games of the Small States of Europe will take place on
Sunday 31 May 2009, beginning at 20:00 at the GSP Sports
The actual Opening
Ceremony will be held on Monday 1 June 2009, at 21:00.
The main theme of the
artistic part of the Opening Ceremony will revolve
around youth and their yearning for knowledge. Well over
one thousand children will take part.
The star of the event
will be world-renowned Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis, who
will perform, amongst others, the official song of the
XIII GSSE, "Journey to the Horizon".
The second part of the
Ceremony will include all the regular features, such as
the Parade of Nations, the athletes' and judges' oath, a
torch relay and the lighting of the altar. The Games
will be declared open by the President of the Republic
of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias.