Friday, December 15, 2017

WorldSkills promises spectacular opening ceremony to Hi-Tech championship in Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg's WorldSkills Hi-Tech organizing committee announced on Friday that noted artist Igor Cahill will direct the event's official opening and closing ceremonies.

The opening ceremony will be held Oct. 30 at the Yekaterinburg Expo center and will feature lasers, dancers and digital animations designed to excite young audiences during the traditional parade of Russian teams. Organizers expect that both the opening and closing ceremonies will each draw at least 2,000 spectators, MidUral.ru reports.

"This is an event we do, especially for children and youth," Sverdlovsk First Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Orlov said, according to MidUral.ru. "Given that [the opening ceremony] will take place during the holidays, we hope the venue will be full."

Orlov's team plans to reach out to education departments in nearby regions to encourage schoolchildren from across the Urals to attend this year's WorldSkills Hi-Tech championship.

WorldSkills Hi-Tech organizers received 167 applications from across 29 municipal areas in Russia to compete in this year's national competition. There will be 64 separate events over the course of five days where students will face off in high-technology skill challenges. The competition will be judged by a panel of Russian and international experts, MidUral.ru reports.

The highest-scoring students in each category will be invited to compete as members of the Russian National Team in the 2015 WorldSkills International tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Attendees who are not competing this year will have the opportunity to learn new technological skills through master classes offered during the event.