World Cup 2018 opening ceremony performers, start time and how to watch

Aubrey Yates
June 13, 2018

The opening ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. local time (10:30 a.m. ET), just 30 minutes before Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia spar off to officially commence this year's World Cup.

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"The main goal of the joint activity is to minimize violations by fans in the regions where the matches will take place", Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said at the police cooperation center's opening Tuesday. The World Cup for the first time will get telecast in multiple languages in India.

The Opening Ceremony will be produced by Russia's Channel One and the "creative concept" will be developed by Felix Mikhailov, who has directed other World Cup events including the preliminary and main draw.

Meanwhile, Russia's 17,000-member police trade union has warned that overstretched police staffing at the tournament could lead to "grave consequences" for overall security.

SPNI president sports and distribution business Rajesh Kaul said, "The telecast of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will be done in six languages".

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British pop star Robbie Williams will perform at the FIFAWorld Cup 2018 opening ceremony in Moscow on Thursday, the world football governing body FIFA and the singer's representatives said.

Trump also assured that the USA would hold the tournament "in a similarly open and festive manner" as the 1996 and 2002 Olympic Games that the U.S. hosted, the Times reported.

Williams said: "I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance".

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The performance from Williams and Garifullina gets underway just 30 minutes before kick-off at the Luzhniki Stadium.

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