The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games will be watched by millions of spectators across the world as the UK officially opens the London 2012 Games.
The ceremony takes place on the evening of Friday 27 July at the Olympic Stadium in London, when the Olympic Flame will be carried into the stadium to light the Olympic Cauldron in the stadium, signalling the official start of the Games.
Athletes from each of the participating countries will parade through the stadium in alphabetical order with an athlete carrying the national flag of the country. The Greek athletes traditionally lead the athletes' parade and the athletes of the host nation will complete the procession.
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A cast of 15,000 artists will perform at the opening and closing ceremonies including school children from the six east London host boroughs and NHS staff.
The name of the opening ceremony performance was revealed by artistic director of the London 2012 opening ceremony, Danny Boyle, to be 'Isles of Wonder'. The ceremony will celebrate the best of British, representing each of the regions of the United Kingdom.
It has also been announced that Sir Paul McCartney will perform at the opening ceremony