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2018 Asian Para Games opening and closing ceremonies

The 2018 Asian Para Games opening ceremony was held on Saturday, 6 October 2018 at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia. The closing ceremony was held exactly a week later; Saturday, 13 October 2018 at the nearby, far smaller Gelora Bung Karno Madya Stadium. Both ceremonies were started on 19:00 local time (UTC+7) and ended around 22:00.

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Opening ceremonyEdit

2018 Asian Para Games
opening ceremony
 
Date6 October 2018 (2018-10-06)
Time19:00 – 21:45 WIB (UTC+7)
LocationJakarta, Indonesia
Coordinates6°13′7″S 106°48′9″E / 6.21861°S 106.80250°E / -6.21861; 106.80250
Filmed byTVRI
INAPGOC Broadcast Division

The opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Para Games took place on Saturday, 6 October 2018, at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.[1] The event commenced at 19:00 and ended at 21:45 local time. Jay Subiyakto was the Associate creative director of the ceremony.[2][3][4][5][6]

ProceedingsEdit

 
Becak attraction at the opening ceremony of 2018 Asian Para Games in Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.[7]
 
Komodo Dragon attraction at the opening ceremony of 2018 Asian Para Games in Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.[8]
 
Parade of Nations at the opening ceremony of 2018 Asian Para Games in Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.[9]

Before the ceremony commenced, visual effects video of Indonesian traditional batik art, featuring Indonesian wayang characters, objects, buildings such as the National Monument, flora and fauna found within Indonesia such as Komodo dragon was shown.

The ceremony began with countdown projection on the floor of the stage when a whipping dancer performed on the stage with a row of drummers.[10] Rosalina Oktavia, an Indonesian prosthetic model carried a candle onto the stage centre. After that, dancers wearing traditional costumes of different Indonesian ethnic groups came onstage in groups, perform traditional dances while carrying miniatures of various houses of worship found across the nation to represent the Indonesia's religious and cultural diversity. Two guests of honour, President of Indonesia Joko Widodo and president of the Asian Paralympic Committee Majid Rashed who arrived earlier at the stadium were introduced to the crowd.

Then, children elementary schools from Jakarta and Bengkala, the deaf village from Bali, who wore school uniforms entered the stage riding cycle rickshaws and sat on the stage, with the projection of a school and the flag of Indonesia shown on the stage screen.[11][12] Puan Maharani, chairwoman of the games' steering committee brought the Indonesian flag into the stadium, and the flag was raised by three Paskibraka youth troop. During the flag raising, traditional dancers and the school children's translated the "Indonesia Raya" lyrics into sign language. Surya Sahetapy and Reza Rahadian Matulessy delivered the message of Pancasila in Indonesian sign and spoken language, respectively. Two Filipino para dancers, Jun Julius Obero and Rhea Marquez performed a ballet number together, which represents the harmonious unity of a society that accepts each other, regardless of their differences. The song played during the ballet was a variation of the second lyrical music part used in the Ratoh Jaroe dance performed on the 2018 Asian Games opening ceremony.

During the Parade of Nations, North Korean and South Korean teams marched together under one unified flag of Korea as they did at the Asian Games. As per tradition, Indonesia as the host nation entered last.

A minute of silence to honour the 2018 Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami victims was observed after speeches from the Organizing Committee chairman Raja Sapta Oktohari and President Majid Rashed of the Asian Paralympic Committee.

President Widodo officially opened the games using sign language, on which he mistakenly spoke "Asian Games" instead of "Asian Para Games".[13]

A dance performance featured the fire, rain, ocean and fisherman was held which later revealed the word sign "DISABILITY" on the stage. It represents the challenges a disabled person faced in the society. A wheelchair girl named Bulan Karunia showed up at the stadium with a box containing the message of her and her friends to President Joko Widodo. The president, then, walked down onto the stage to meet her and opened the box which later revealed to contain the letter block that reads "Ability" in capital letters. Along with her and an archer named Abdul Hamid, he arched the giant capital letters "DIS" until it fell down, and left the word "ABILITY" to represents that disabled persons can also pursuing their dreams and do what normal people do also with their limited abilities. Martin Losu and Lil abilities dance troop then performed hip hop and break dance in front of the sign.

Eight Indonesian athletes, including powerlifter Anto Boi carried the Asian Paralympic Committee flag into the stadium, and the flag was raised by ten Paskibraka youth troop as the Paralympic movement anthem was played. Indonesian table tennis player Banyu Tri Mulyo read the athletes' oath, table tennis judge Bayu Widi read the judges' oath, and swimming coach Dinda Ayu Sekartaji read the coaches' oath.

Finally, the torch was relayed for the final time by Senny Marbun (president of the National Paralympic Committee of Indonesia), Imam Nahrawi (Youth and Sports Minister of Indonesia), Pribadi (general secretary of the NPC Indonesia), and Soeharto (gold medalist athletics in the 1977 FESPIC Games).[14] Jendi Panggabean, five-gold medalist para-swimming in the 2017 ASEAN Para Games, as the last torchbearer lit the in-stadium cauldron start from the bottom of the left edge of wave-shape projector, with a gigantic wayang puppet's character named Gatot Kaca, on shadow projector guided the flame until it spread and lit in a Garuda-shaped cauldron – inspired by Blencong, source lighting in the wayang – with the wayang's hands "holding" it, which followed by the lit-off of the actual cauldron located southeast of the stadium and fireworks bursts.[15][16][17] The ceremony concluded with various singers sang the theme song of the games, "Song of Victory".

Parade of NationsEdit

All 42 contingents (41 nations and the unified Korea team) participated in the parade, the order begins with Afghanistan and ended with host Indonesia.[18][19] Each contingent was led by a representative official that wore local traditional costumes with Indonesian floral designs while carrying each country's name placard. The costume was designed by Chitra Subiyakto.

Like the Asian Games, the nations marched in English alphabetical order. Below is a list of parading countries and their announced flag bearer, in the same order as the parade. This is sortable by country name, flag bearer's name and flag bearer's sport. Names are given in the form officially designated by the APC.

Order Nation Flag bearer Sport
1   Afghanistan
2   Bahrain
3   Bhutan
4   Brunei
5   Cambodia
6   China Zou Lihong[20] Athletics
7   Hong Kong Yu Chui Yee[21] Wheelchair fencing
8   India Mariyappan Thangavelu[22] Athletics
9   Iran Sareh Javanmardi[23] Shooting
10   Iraq
11   Japan Kaede Maekawa[24] Athletics
12   Jordan
13   Kazakhstan Anuar Akhmetov Swimming
14   Korea Kim Sun-mi (South) Wheelchair fencing
Sim Sung-hyok[25] (North) Swimming
15   Kuwait
16   Kyrgyzstan
17   Laos
18   Lebanon
19   Macau
20   Malaysia Abu Bakar Nyat[26] Bowling
21   Mongolia
22   Myanmar
23   Nepal
24   Oman
25   Pakistan
26   Palestine
27   Philippines
28   Qatar Nasser Al Sahoti[27] Athletics
29   Saudi Arabia
30   Singapore Nur Syahidah Alim[28] Archery
31   Sri Lanka Dinesh Priyantha[29] Athletics
32   Syria
33   Chinese Taipei
34   Tajikistan
35   Thailand
36   East Timor
37   Turkmenistan
38   United Arab Emirates
39   Uzbekistan
40   Vietnam
41   Yemen
42   Indonesia Laura Aurelia Dinda Sekar Devanti Swimming

Notable singersEdit

  • Shanna Shannon Siswanto (performing "Indonesia Raya" (Indonesian National Anthem))
  • Allafta Hirzi Sodiq (performing "Heal The World", albeit in short piano rendition)
  • All recording artists of "Song of Victory"

Notable guestsEdit

IndonesiansEdit

Foreign dignitariesEdit

Closing ceremonyEdit

2018 Asian Para Games
closing ceremony
 
Closing ceremony
Date13 October 2018 (2018-10-13)
Time19:00 – 22:00 WIB (UTC+7)
LocationJakarta, Indonesia
Coordinates6°13′7″S 106°48′9″E / 6.21861°S 106.80250°E / -6.21861; 106.80250
Filmed byTVRI
INAPGOC Broadcast Division

The 2018 Asian Para Games closing ceremony was held on Saturday, 13 October 2018 at the Gelora Bung Karno Madya Stadium in Jakarta.[30][31][32] Vice President of Indonesia Jusuf Kalla, and president of the Asian Paralympic Committee Majid Rashed were among the dignitaries in attendance.

Daniel Mananta and Ary Kirana were the ceremony's host while Riri Mestica was the ceremony's DJ. Vice President Kalla and Raja Sapta Oktohari, chairman of the INAPGOC executive committee both delivered bilingual speeches before and after the flag handover ceremony. Zhang Haidi, chairwoman of China Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities received the box containing the Ability letters used during the opening ceremony from president of the National Paralympic Committee of Indonesia Senny Marbun while Vice Mayor of Hangzhou Wang Hong received the APC flag from Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan. A promotional video about the Hangzhou Asian Para Games featuring shots of the city, Jack Ma and disabled athletes was shown. After Majid Rashed officially closed the games, the flame was extinguished by the wayang puppet on shadow projector.[33]

Performing artistsEdit

In addition to local artists and a Hangzhou Asian Para Games promotional video segment, the South Korean girlband AOA performed in the ceremony.

Indonesian artistsEdit

  • Naura and Zizi (performing "Sang Juara")
  • Sheryl Sheinafia and Claudia (performing "Dream High")
  • Rio Febrian
  • NTRL
  • Judika
  • Cokelat

Foreign artistsEdit

Notable guestsEdit

IndonesiansEdit

Foreign dignitariesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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