The opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games will be watched by millions of spectators across the world as the UK officially opens the London 2012 Games.
The ceremony will take place on the evening of 29 August at 8.30 pm at the Olympic Stadium.
The ceremony will open with a fly by from 'Aerobility', a British charity who train disabled people to become pilots, and will also include the parade of athletes in which countries enter the stadium in alphabetical order, apart from the host nation who parade in last. In total, 4,000 Paralympians from 162 nations will take part in the parade.
The finale of the ceremony includes the entrance of the Paralympic Flame and ceremonious lighting of the cauldron which officially declares the games open.
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A cast of over 3,000 adult volunteers, 100 child volunteers and 100 professionals will perform in the official opening of the Paralympic Games.
Named 'Enlightment', the ceremony will focus on the inspirational qualities of the Paralympians and challenge the perceptions of human possibility.
Jenny Sealey and Bradley Hemmings have been appointed co-artistic directors and will be working alongside a four-strong team of producers, lead by the award-winning film director Stephen Daldry who has directed films such as Billy Elliot and The Reader.