Lights of Hope – From Olympiacos to the World

Braving Covid-19 with a polymedial Olympiacos FC championship celebration | 19.7.2020 | Piraeus, Greece 
 
It was a big honor to create and to direct the double event „From Olympiacos and from Piraeus to the World“ on the occasion of winning the 45th championship of the Greek Superleague 2020 by Olympiacos FC.
Through two multimedia live TV shows (NOVA & MEGA) from Karaiskaki Stadium and from Pasalimani Piraeus harbor I wanted to unite all of them: the players, the fans, the people of Piraeus, all of Greece and the world.
 
Olympiacos FC – Lights of Hope Event, Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus
Especially under the difficult and extreme conditions of the Corona pandemic it was important for us to give a sign of hope and confidence. Sport and also the arts unite people in these uncertain times. That’s why I have given my show the name „Lights of Hope“.
 
I would like to thank all my friends and colleagues and the fantastic Olympiacos team for the great cooperation.
 

 

About the Olympiacos double event

On the 19th July, Olympiacos Football Club celebrated their 45th Championship title by winning the Greek Super League Trophy.  Taking place amidst an unprecedented crisis and pandemic in Greece, Olympiacos FC wanted this event to be a message of hope and optimism from Olympiacos to Piraeus, from Piraeus to Greece, and from Greece to the World.

They brought in Greek-German artist and director Asteris Kutulas to create a double event, both inside and outside the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus.  His brief was to create the cup presentation event, and to send a message of strength, optimism, perseverance and hope.  The event was made up of two parts. 

The Super League Cup presentation ceremony took place inside the stadium.  The cup presentation ceremony inside the G. Karaiskakis Stadium featured 3D projection mapping, lights, lasers and pyro.  This was synchronised to a symphonic soundtrack composed by Marios Joannou Elia.

Live-Act of the event: Children Choir Piraeus & DJ Antonis Dimitriadis, Photo by © Dionisis Koutsis

Outside in Piraeus Harbour there was a public event for the fans. The events inside the stadium were sent out to LED screens, whilst there was a separate show of lasers, lights and pyro around the water’s edge.  The music was remixes by Alexandros Karozas and DJ Antonis Dimitriadis.

Lights of Hope | From Olympiacos FC & Piraeus to the World
Created & directed by Asteris Kutulas

19.7.2020 | Piraeus, Greece 

Music by Marios Joannou Elia, Alexandros Karozas & DJ Antonis Dimitriadis 

Projection Art Ross Ashton
Laser Motion Design Achilleas Gatsopoulos
Light Design George Tellos
Laser Design Daniel Brune
Pyro & Fireworks Design Pavlos Nanos

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Technical Director Aris Koudouris
Music Production Nick Elia & Alexandros Karozas
Light Programming & Operator Makis Anastasakis
Lighting Coordinator Irene Samartzi
Laser Programming Bas Verstraelen & Merlin Schaadt
Media Technician Bernd Gröger
Projection Technician Robert Foerster
Technical Director Light & Video Equipment Oliver Schulze
Logistics Uwe Förster
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Pyro & Fireworks Nanos Fireworks Greece
Laser Equipment laserfabrik GmbH
Projection & Light Equipment OS-VT Veranstaltungstechnik
Light & Sound Equipment Tempo Events

(Photos © by Ralph Larmann)

Rehearsing the show at the Karaiskaki Stadium, Photos by © Ralph Larmann

Rehearsing with the Chlidren Chior Piraeus, DJ Antonis Dimitriadis & Asteris Kutulas
Lights of Hope Event, Pasalimani Harbor, Piraeus, Photos by © Ralph Larmann

Lights of Hope Event, Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Photo by © Ralph Larmann