The third year in a row we were engaged for the opening ceremony of the Pakistan Super League
which takes place annually in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE. Initially, we staged our
Flying Drummers as stunning opening act for the year 2017. In the following year we performed
with advanced performer flight systems and realized various 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional
In 2019, the aim was to enhance the images of the live-broadcast. Therefore, the show concept
focussed on a combination between the live feed and AR-effects. With regard to the realization, the
core team had to face different challenges.
The opening ceremony is a very spectacular event that is broadcasted worldwide. Many different
artists are involved to make this show outstanding. This year, over 150 dancers, superstars like
Boney M. and the Pakistani popstars Lima Bang and Junoon participated. Our main task was to
handle the stage management and a smooth show flow. All acts were set seamlessly without any
break, thus it required a lot of organizational skills and precise stage calls to ensure the perfect
In addition, our creative director had to figure out the right balance between the original scenery
and augmented content. The computer generated images needed to look still real and authentic.
The virtual designers created 12 individual sequences which got implemented in the 45-minutes
broadcast. Definitely a milestone in the history of AR-effects.
In fact, the PSL 2019 opening ceremony seems to be the largest augmented reality show ever
done so far. The whole stadium has been transformed into a magical scenery. The virtual effects
widened up horizons of the spectators: A giant futuristic mascot landed in the middle of the field,
F16 flew in the sky, the musical acts were framed by various sceneries, with a broad visual range
from psychedelic flower power to disco or ballroom surroundings.