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On July 23 the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will officially launch Glasgow and Scotland’s biggest-ever festival of sport and culture.

At the heart of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be the 3000 people who will make up the cast which will be performing on these unforgettable occasions.

As well as the 4,500 athletes from the 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth who have come to the Games, there will be more than 40,000 spectators at Celtic Park and a potential television audience of more than 1 billion.

The Opening Ceremony will include the moment Her Majesty the Queen reads the message contained in the Baton which has travelled across the Commonwealth and with it, declaring the Games officially open. It is a moment for Glasgow and Scotland to shine brightly on a global stage, demonstrating the genuine passion and enthusiasm the city and country have as welcoming hosts for the Games.

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Facts:

> More than 40,000 people will see each of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the venues – Celtic Park and Hampden.

> The Ceremonies will be seen by a potential global TV audience of more than 1 billion

> You’re in safe hands, the team producing The Opening & Closing Ceremonies of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are super experienced, combing talents from across Scotland with global expertise. Glasgow 2014 are working with Jack Morton Worldwide, an international events company, who also produced the Ceremonies for Manchester 2002, Melbourne 2006 as well as the Athens Olympics and the 2010 World Cup.