-30. Opening cerimony

OPENING CEREMONY. The opening ceremony will be held Monday, August 22, in piazza dei Signori in Vicenza, introduced by the presenter Stefano Ceiner. The World Orienteering Championships MTBO 2011 will be officially opened with a flag waving performance by the choreographer Elisabetta Docimo and the Kilim Lab acrobatic group. Tenor Enrico Pertile and Soprano Paola Burato will sing the Italian Anthem "Inno di Mameli", "Va pensiero" from Verdi's Nabucco and Nessun dorma from Puccini's Turandot.

FEATURING 30 COUNTRIES. 30 countries already confirmed their attendance to MTBO 2011 World Championships. Most of the European nations will be represented, but some delegations will arrive to Italy from far away places like Australia and Japan.

FOLLOW THE SUN. A big audience attended last night Nicola Manfredi's gig in Lonigo. The Italian Canadian singer sang for the first time the official anthem of the World Orienteering Championships, "Follow the Sun". «Once again Nick Manfredi was able to write a very emotional song. A real anthem for our World Championships in Vicenza" said Gabriele Viale, event director of MTBO 2011.