Opening Ceremony

Spectacular Opening Ceremony

This year’s Invictus Games will open with star guest Macklemore, among others. TV presenter duo Hadnet Tesfai and Steven Gätjen will lead through the evening.

Published: 2023-06-22  |  15:00 Author: Lars Koch

Düsseldorf, 22 June 2023 – On Saturday, 9 September, the INVICTUS GAMES DÜSSELDORF 2023 presented by Boeing will open with a spectacular show in the MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA. The special musical guest of the evening will be rap superstar Macklemore.

From groundbreaking successes – whether alone or with his former musical partner Ryan Lewis – to countless Grammy awards and highly acclaimed and stirring live shows, the rapper Macklemore thrills his fans. In the Opening Ceremony of the international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans, he will perform his new songs as well as number one hits such as ‘Can’t Hold Us’ or ‘Thrift Shop’. Macklemore’s songs and their messages of strength, hope and bravery provide a fitting setting for the spectacular Opening Ceremony. Macklemore: ‘It is a great honour to perform at an event with such an important cause as the Invictus Games.’

Macklemore © Projektteam Invictus Games Düsseldorf

Jörg, the captain of Team Germany, is very much looking forward to the start of the INVICTUS GAMES DÜSSELDORF 2023 presented by Boeing: ‘The entrance of the nations at the grand opening show will surely be first of many goosebump moments of the Invictus Games in Düsseldorf for me. It’s a huge honour for me to be ask to lead Team Germany.

Hadnet Tesfai © Projektteam Invictus Games Düsseldorf
Steven Gätjen © Anelia Janeva Photography

The show, which is packed with highlights, will be hosted by TV stars Hadnet Tesfai and Steven Gätjen. Hadnet Tesfai is a nationally known presenter and DJ, who, in addition to having her own TV show, podcasts or radio shows, has also hosted the opening show of the Berlin film festival. Her counterpart Steven Gätjen, as the host of shows like ‘Joko & Klaas gegen Pro7’, ‘Schlag den Raab’ or the broadcast of the Academy Awards, is a universally known TV face. In his own podcast ‘Kino oder Couch’ (cinema or couch), the film specialist Steven Gätjen chats about films, series or his private life.

In addition to the special guest Macklemore, a rousing dance show will also thrill the audience. Well-known personalities from politics and society will also attend the opening.
The glamorous live opener with the entrance of the competitors is the first festive and touching highlight of the Invictus Games, which take place from 9 to 16 September under the motto ‘A HOME FOR RESPECT.’

The grand opening show in the MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA starts on Saturday, 9 September, at 18:30 hrs. Reduced tickets for the Opening Ceremony are available from EUR 17; regular tickets are available from EUR 21 at https://www.ticketmaster.de/artist/invictus-games-dusseldorf-2023-tickets/1230364.

Entry for the sports events during the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 will be free and does not require registration.
More information about the INVICTUS GAMES DÜSSELDORF 2023 presented by Boeing and the programme of events is available on the official website https://invictusgames23.de/.

Photos can be downloaded from the following press area and published, provided the photo credits is mentioned (© INVICTUS GAMES DÜSSELDORF 2023): https://invictusgames23.de/en/press/ )


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