The dress rehearsal took place on Sunday with Rio residents getting a little taste of the action
What time does the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony start?
The Olympic Games curtain-raiser begins at 20:00:00 local time on Friday 5 August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. For times elsewhere around the globe, see below.
At the famous Maracanã, officially the Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho. The stadium will stage the opening and closing ceremonies and the decisive matches of the men's and women's football tournaments (both finals and one semi-final in each).
The iconic venue was modernised for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and can hold 74,738 spectators.
Where can I watch the show?
It will be on TV where you are, (unless there's a delay like in the US), but Rio2016.com will be covering the event live on its live blog from 14:00 local time on Friday. Check back in. We'll have a ton of lovely things to tell you about.
Who is responsible for the show's creation?
Brazilian film director Fernando Meirelles and producer Daniela Thomas have created an opening ceremony with a budget which is a tenth of Danny Boyle's London 2012 opening ceremony. Meirelles, who directed the wildly successful Brazilian movie City of God, said: "I'm very glad we're not spending money like crazy. I'm happy to work with this low budget because it makes sense for Brazil."
How long does the opening ceremony last?
For just over four hours. There will be dancing, lights, fireworks, some history, some celebrites...
Then the Parade of Nations begins, starting with Greece then, in (Portuguese) alphabetical order, all the other countries.
The Refugee Olympic Team are the penultimate participants with Brazil bringing up the rear. Expect the biggest cheer of the night for them. And some samba!
How can I best follow Rio 2016 on social media?
English: Rio2016_en (twitter.com/rio2016_en)
Spanish: Rio2016_es (twitter.com/rio2016_es)
Portuguese: Rio2016 (twitter.com/rio2016)
Vinicius Mascot: ViniciusRio2016 (twitter.com/viniciusrio2016)
Tom Mascot: TomRio2016 (twitter.com/tomrio2016)
Instagram - Rio2016 (www.instagram.com/rio2016/)
Snapchat - Rio2016
Weibo (China) - weibo.com/5917680267/
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