'British Pageantry: The 2012 Olympics and the Queen's Funeral - Hungarian and British Perspectives'

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19 December 2022, 20:00

The spectacular pageant-series of the 2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony ("Isles of Wonder"), directed by Danny Boyle, gave Britain a chance to showcase and redefine its identity through this global event.

The Ceremony depicted the image of a country that is continuously evolving and that has its roots largely in the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. By contrast, the Queen’s funeral, drew on Medieval and Renaissance symbols and traditions (some of them reinvented) to present an image of the country based on the military, the church, and the four constituent nations. Taken together, both ceremonies convey an extremely complicated picture of what sort of country Britain thinks it is.

A photo of the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony
2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony

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