Very soon, on 13 August, the XXVIII International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI 2016) will get underway.
Kazan University’s preparations are all going according to plan, and the staging areas for the opening and closing ceremonies are already completely finished. Both are set to be spectacular and the authors are confident that audiences will remember them for a long time to come.
Director of the Department of Youth Politics at KFU Yulia Vinogradova and director (and leader) of both ceremonies Kirill Kirillyuk tell us about some of the most memorable bits of the spectacle.
- Was there a lot to do getting the set ready?
- It took a total of around two months, from the very beginning to the final checks.
- Some of the performances will involve the use of some very modern technologies. Who did you get in as technical specialists to help with preparations?
- We had help from our partners who have taken part in the biggest events held in Kazan: the XXVII Summer Universiade in 2013, the XVI FINA World Aquatics Championships in 2015, and also in the bid to host the WorldSkills professional skills championship, namely the companies Spotmakers and Gefest, as well as the interactive installation agency Most.
- What will be the most memorable parts of the opening and closing ceremonies?
- Without a doubt the prologue to the Olympiad opening ceremony, which allows viewers to dive straight into the world of IT and programming, learning about its history and the evolution of modern-day gadgets. The prologue to the closing ceremony is also quite memorable, as viewers will be shown a clip telling the story of IOI 2016, a choreography composition Resistance and a vocal arrangement called Champions!
Both ceremonies will make use of some of the foremost technologies in the field: 3D projection, laser shows and interactive mapping – reflecting one sequence of elements onto another.
- What has been done to make the opening and closing ceremonies more accessible to an international audience?
- First of all, both ceremonies will be conducted in two languages – Russian and English. Over the course of the ceremonies we will also endeavour to tell about the country, region, town and university where the competition is being held; to show our strengths and show what we are so proud of. Viewers will get to know our national character and the thousand-year history of our city, as well as the two-hundred-year history of Kazan University.
The main focus of the closing ceremony will be the awarding of medals to the prize-winners, and the performances of the finest vocal and choreography groups in Tatarstan will only serve to enhance the spectacle.