Preparations are well underway!
Stoke Mandeville is to host the Heritage Flame for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on 2 September 2016. The support of the county's businesses and key organisations was a huge help in March 2014 and the Buckinghamshire Legacy Board is hoping that sponsors will step forward again for the event in 2016.
One Paralympic athlete will ignite the Heritage Flame in front of an audience of 1500 in the Stoke Mandeville Stadium, thousands more in Aylesbury's Vale Park and millions across the globe in September.
Representing the proud heritage of the Paralympic movement this single flame will travel across the world to be merged with the five Brazilian regional flames. Together they will light the Paralympic flame in Rio on September 5 and start the two-day torch relay that will arrive in the Olympic stadium for the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Your chance to be part of this historic event
Residents are being offered a unique chance to grab a role at these historic events ceremony in September.
Around 100 performers will be required to take part in the Stoke Mandeville ceremony, but no experience is necessary because they will be taught by experts during rehearsals.
The event will be directed by Bradley Hemmings, who was co-director of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the inaugural Paralympic Heritage Flame Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville in 2014. Stopgap Dance Company will be creating the choreography. They are passionate about bringing disabled and non-disabled people together through dance and are looking to assemble a diverse cast. Disabled participants are strongly encouraged to enquire as well as existing drama, dance or sport groups.
Register here to take part in the dance performance by 8 July. Performers should be over 16 years of age and will need to be available for an orientation session on Sunday 17 July, and for rehearsals in a Buckinghamshire location on Sunday 14 and 28 August. There will also be an on-site rehearsal at Stoke Mandeville Stadium 6pm on Thursday 1 September. The actual performance is between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Friday 2 September.
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Flame lighting, carnival and town centre events
On the 2 September 2016, the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Heritage Flame events represents the prestige, pride and passion of the Paralympic Games and brings Aylesbury and Buckinghamshire to the eyes of the world. With an associated community programme, superb VIP hospitality and networking, plus local, regional, national and international visibility, the lighting of the Heritage Flame is more than a single, spectacular event - it is an opportunity to be part of something much bigger.
There are three events taking place in Aylesbury, all of which need volunteers, aged 18 or over. To volunteer for these events and for more information, please fill in the online form.
If you would like to enter the ticket ballot to win a pair of free tickets for the Stoke Mandeville Stadium event click here. It’s open now and closes on Monday 1 August. Terms and conditions apply.
A big thank you to all our generous sponsors who have helped us go the extra mile to make this great event a reality. For more, click here.