On Friday July 14th, ECA2’s spectacular multimedia live event thrilled audiences worldwide as the opening ceremony kicked off the 17th FINA World Championships in Budapest.
Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and founded in 1908, FINA (Fédération internationale de natation) is the international federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for running international competitions in aquatic sports.
To start the 17th World Championships, FINA’s prestigious binennial event, the Hungarian capital and its iconic river, the Danube, were utilised by French showmakers ECA2 and Hungary’s cultural hothouse Müpa Budapest, both as backdrops and essential parts of the show into an unforgettable and unique theatrical experience.
The creatives behind the show faced quite a challenge. With the historic city of Budapest as a canvas, itself a UNESCO World Heritage site, how could they create a an event that was equally amazing to both spectators watching at home and those in attendance? With the city not designed as an entertainment venue, how could such an event be plugged in? How would the technology integrate with what is often rated the most beautiful city in Europe, once which was in fact ranked as “the world’s second best city” by Condé Nast Traveler?
A multimedia live event like no other
Inspired by rich Hungarian history, the team developed a theme. This was The Memory of Water. Müpa Budapest creatives used the mighty Danube as a narrative drive for the two hour show.
They applied their unique technical expertise to co-opt the Danube river. Taking full advantage of its powerful waters, the river became a participant in the show. Choreographed jets, sprays, and video mapping onto mid-air water screens dazzled spectators.