FOCUS: Meet The Makers

Get ready for a closing ceremony to remember with a quick look back at the party that kicked it all off, and the people of determination who inspired it all

March 20, 2019
March 20, 2019

FOCUS: Meet The Makers

Get ready for a closing ceremony to remember with a quick look back at the party that kicked it all off, and the people of determination who inspired it all.

It may seem like an age ago, but believe it or not, just six days ago the Special Olympics Abu Dhabi World Games 2019 opened with just under 40,000 people squeezing into Zayed Sports City for an epic opening ceremony. The ceremony set the scene and the tone for the most unified Games the world has ever seen.

Eclectic global pop collective Now United, skater-punk princess turned chart-topper Avril Lavigne and superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold provided musical accompaniments to the proceeding. Leaders of the Games including H. E. Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid and Dr. Timothy Shriver provided the welcome and sentiment, and the athletes provided more than their fair share of joy and delight as they made their way to their seats following the procession.

The inspiration for the vast majority of the opening ceremony’s main performance provided by ‘The Makers’, a panel of people of determination who wanted to share their vision with the world. Now with less than 48 hours until what promises to be a wonderful send-off for the Games, it is worth noting that The Makers have been intricately involved in the upcoming closing ceremony too.

The Makers wanted to show the world their talents and convey the idea that that may have been born with intellectual disabilities, but they are capable of great things and should be treated as equals. They are proud of what the UAE is doing for people of determination and they wanted to demonstrate that this was their show. Here is what that show included:

The Woven World Song

A motif that has formed a major part of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is the traditional Arabic weave pattern that is featured in the official logo and much of the promotional material surrounding the Games. The weave is not only part of traditional Middle Eastern design and heritage it also symbolically represents the weaving together of people in a shared sense of identity and unity. Person of determination, James, helped to shape the ‘Woven World Song’, which was adapted from a song he wrote called ‘Run for the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony’. James, also part of the people of determination choir aims to travel the world and support and encourage people of determination who have been bullied. He has a message of encouragement for them.

Woven World Spoken word

This spoken word poem was not only inspired by The Makers, their drawings and musings during interviews in the planning stages of the Games, but it was performed at the Opening Ceremony by two makers – Asma and Nazeer, a talented graffiti artist who wants to inspire people of determination. Unstoppable Asma also wrote the lyrics for the ‘Perpetual Motion poem’ which was central to the main performance. The producer of the show said that when Asma first read the poem and performed it for the camera they “really couldn’t believe it’.

And much more…

In addition to their creative direction, The Makers really left their mark by inspiring the costumes, the fireworks and even dictating the stars that they wanted to perform at the ceremony.

Book your ticket now!

With the ability to wield so much creative power we are so excited to see what The Makers have up their collective sleeves for the Closing Ceremony tomorrow night! And we are sure you are too. Make sure you book your ticket to the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Closing Ceremony. To do so click HERE and make sure you weave your own path into a part of the UAE’s history.