FIFA World Cup 2018 Opening Ceremony: All You Need to Know
 A light installation showing the official logotype of the 2018 FIFA World Cup during its unveiling ceremony at the Bolshoi Theater building in Moscow.
A light installation showing the official logotype of the 2018 FIFA World Cup during its unveiling ceremony at the Bolshoi Theater building in Moscow.(Photo: Reuters)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Opening Ceremony: All You Need to Know

The much awaited FIFA World Cup 2018 is finally here. The tournament will officially begin when hosts Russia face Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow at 8:30 pm on Thursday, 14 June. But before the kick off for the first match, the curtain for the month-long Football World Cup will be raised at the opening ceremony scheduled 30 minutes ahead of the opening fixture.

Here’s all you need to know about the Opening Ceremony of FIFA 2018 World Cup:

When is FIFA World Cup 2018 Opening Ceremony?

The curtain for the FIFA World Cup 2018 will be raised at 8:00pm (IST) on Thursday June 14, just 30 minutes before the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Where is the Opening Ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2018?

The opening ceremony of Football World Cup 2018 will be held at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium which will also host the final. The opening ceremony will take place in front of 80,000 people at the Luzhniki Stadium on 14 June and is expected to be approximately 30 minutes long with 500 local performers. Brazil football legend Ronaldo will also be a part of opening ceremony.

Who Will Perform at the FIFA World Cup 2018 Opening Ceremony?

  • The opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup will witness Will Smith and Nicky Jam performing the FIFA World Cup 2018 official song ‘Live It Up’.
  • Global music icon Robbie William who is known for his hit single Angels will be entertaining crowds at the stadium and around the world.
  • Celebrated Russian soprano Aida Garifullina will also be joining Williams on stage for the performance.
  • Opera singer Placido Domingo who is popularly known as “the King of Opera” is scheduled to perform at the opening ceremony.
  • With the ceremony focusing on the musical arts, Peruvian operatic tenor Juan Diego Florez will also be seen performing at the Luzhniki Stadium.
  • Will Smith and Nicky Jam will be seen performing the official song of the tournament Live it Up with around 500 dancers and gymnasts at the event.

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