Creatives band together for F1 opening ceremony

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The FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX Opening Ceremony presented by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) was created and executive produced by Brian Burke Creative, along with stage architects STUFISH Entertainment Architects and lighting designer Tom Sutherland. 

The opening ceremony kicked off Grand Prix weekend with performances by musical artists, including Andra Day, Bishop Briggs, J Balvin, Journey, Keith Urban, Steve Aoki, Thirty Seconds to Mars,, Kylie Minogue and more.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix tapped entertainment visionary Brian Burke from Brian Burke Creative to help create the opening ceremony to life. “I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of the Las Vegas entertainment community for over 20 years and to create a show that not only celebrates the sports and entertainment capital of the world, but also welcomes Formula 1 in Las Vegas, is a true honour,” Brian Burke noted.

Burke enlisted the help of STUFISH Entertainment Architects to create and design the staging for the opening ceremony at the Las Vegas Grand Prix Pit Building. “The opening ceremony will be a spectacular show that blends the incredible entertainment value that Las Vegas has with the speed and thrill of F1. Drawing from Las Vegas’ amazing history of entertainment, the creative team under the leadership of Brian Burke set the bar very high for this show, and it gave us so much inspiration to create something unique for this event,” commented Ray Winkler, CEO STUFISH Entertainment Architects.

With a lighting design that spans 1,000ft long, Tom Sutherland from DX7 Design was tasked with the mammoth job of lighting the event. Over 1,200 lighting fixtures and 100 lasers are to be used throughout the show. “There has never been a show like the Las Vegas Grand Prix Opening Ceremony that has this level of creative and technical craft, and the Las Vegas Strip gives us an amazing launch pad to take this show to the next level. It is a great privilege to be part of the team that welcomes F1 to Las Vegas, and I can’t wait for audiences across the world to see it,” added Tom Sutherland, DX7 Design.