Ric Birch

  • Ric Birch, Olympics Speaker

    Ric Birch is regarded internationally as an expert on Olympic Games Ceremonies. He won international acclaim as Executive Producer and Director of Ceremonies for the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony of the Barcelona and Sydney Olympic Games.

    In 1981, Ric was asked to produce and direct the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XII Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane. The success of the Commonwealth Games…

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About Ric

Ric Birch is regarded internationally as an expert on Olympic Games Ceremonies. He won international acclaim as Executive Producer and Director of Ceremonies for the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony of the Barcelona and Sydney Olympic Games.

In 1981, Ric was asked to produce and direct the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XII Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane. The success of the Commonwealth Games ceremonies led to Ric’s appointment as Director of Production for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. He moved to Los Angeles a year before the opening and started planning the spectacle that contained among other memorable moments the ‘rocket man’ and 84 grand pianos. The opening ceremony of the LA Olympics was a fitting celebration for the home of show business and is still talked about as a turning point for theatricality in major events.

Ric was responsible for the creative direction and production of the Sydney Millennium festivities on the night of 31 December 1999, hailed the best in the world by international press and TV commentators. Allen & Unwin recently published “Master of the Ceremonies”, a behind the scenes account of many of Ric’s major productions and provides a rare glimpse into the world of major events and the people involved.

Ric travels between Italy, Beijing, Dubai, Shanghai, Qatar, USA, Europe, and the rest of the world. Where is home? Well, there is a little bit of bushland outside Sydney that he wants to get back to. The only question is when?

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