Executive Producer Merryn Hughes and Co- Artistic Director Nigel Jamieson are part of an international renowned team including talented Papua New Guineans Tania Nugent and Airileke Ingram in the music, television and theatrical industry who have signed a contract with the GOC as Ceremonies Producers.
Games Organising Committee Chairperson, Emma Waiwai says the Makoda team provides a group of talent that will ensure the Opening and Closing ceremonies reflect the cultural richness of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific and will capture the hearts of a greater audience outside of Papua New Guinea through world wide television coverage.
“We are delighted to have Makoda come on board. As an internation-ally recognised company with very talented Papua New Guineans who specialise in various aspects of the creative arts industry, we expect the Opening and Closing ceremonies to be the biggest sporting spectacle and look forward to working with Makoda to ensure these important events are memorable, setting a benchmark for the Pacific Games”. said Mrs Waiwai.
Ms Nugent, a television producer has produced television shows televised in more than 40 countries around the world, while Ingram co-founded Wantok Music Foundation, a leading music label in the Pacific.
Hughes and Jamieson have been part of the Opening and Closing Ceremony production of a number of Olympic Games including the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games and the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Merryn Hughes said, the cultural richness of PNG is totally unique and spectacular. Our job is to determine how to reflect this in the Ceremonies in a way that will do justice to not only PNG, but will also reflect the heritage of our Pacific neighbours.
It’s a challenge that we are so excited and honoured to have been chosen to undertake”.