The team devising the Opening Ceremony of the Lima 2019 Pan American Games is being led by the experienced Francisco Negrin, who began work on the project this week for Italian company Balich Worldwide Shows.
Negrin will be involved in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Pan American Games, as well as both Parapan American Games Ceremonies.
“As director of the Pan American Games Opening Ceremony and creative manager of the remaining three Ceremonies, I’m working with an international team that includes the best creative minds of Peru," said Negrin.
"We want to show the international and local audience what can be created in this country.
“We don’t want it to be the typical folklore, archaeology and nature we already know, but a vision of Peru today and in the future."
Negrin has directed more than 60 acclaimed productions at world-famous venues, from London to Sydney and from New York to Paris.
Among his greatest successes was the Opening Ceremony of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games held in Turkmenistan's capital Ashgabat in 2017, which with its 6,000 artists was the third-largest Olympic-style ceremony ever held.
Speaking of the expectations he had for his new artistic challenge, the director said: “We really want to amaze the world with the meaning of Peru today and inspire the Peruvian people to feel proud of what they can create.
"Thus, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will leave a legacy, a new image of the country when the time comes to introduce it to the world.”
The Opening Ceremony of the Pan American Games will take place on the night of July 26 with the 41 delegations making their first appearance at the National Stadium.
It will feature a display of more than 1,000 artists, including dancers, acrobats and musicians.
The Closing Ceremony will be on August 11.
The Parapan American Games will begin with another Opening Ceremony on August 23, with its Closing Ceremony on September 1.