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Creative Sector Set For Massive Boost From Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Glasgow 2014 is today launching a global search for the creative talent which will deliver the £14million showcase ceremonies which will provide a dynamic start and finale to the Commonwealth Games.

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will create landmark moments and will be the largest events of their kind to be delivered in Glasgow and they will be beamed globally to an audience of more than one billion people. In addition, the two Games Ceremonies will provide a welcome economic boost for Scotland's creative sector which will play a key role in bringing the glittering events to life.

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Games also offer a global opportunity to promote Scotland as an outstanding sporting, business and tourist destination, as athletes from 71 nations - more than a third of the planet's population - compete in Glasgow for world-class sporting honours.

A glittering spectacle, the Opening Ceremony will feature highlights including:

  • The arrival of the Head of the Commonwealth
  • The Parade of Nations where Glasgow officially welcomes the Commonwealth Nations to the Games
  • The epic end of the Queen's Baton Relay which will tour every participating nation

The Closing Ceremony gives Glasgow, as host city and Scotland as host nation, the opportunity to leave a lasting image as the flag is handed over to the Gold Coast, hosts of the 2018 Commonwealth Games,  as well as create a celebratory atmosphere for athletes, spectators and volunteers. 

David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014 said:

"The Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games provide a golden opportunity Glasgow and for Scotland to shine on the global stage as the proud and passionate home of an outstanding Games.

"These Ceremonies represent a unique and unprecedented opportunity to inspire national and international audiences with a dynamic and vibrant experience of 21st century Scotland at its best.

 "It's essential our Ceremonies capture the essence of an unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime sporting moment for Commonwealth athletes and for Scotland, as well as playing their part in creating a positive Games legacy for the nation." 

Today the search was launched for the high-profile team which will create and deliver the Ceremonies. One of their tasks will be to engage individuals and communities from across the nation in what could be an unforgettable international show-reel for Scotland.

Working for Glasgow 2014 and in collaboration with Games partners, the winning team will create, plan and deliver both the Opening Ceremony which takes place on 23 July, 2014 at Celtic Park In front of a live audience of 60,000 and the Closing Ceremony on 3 August taking place at Hampden Park Stadium with a live audience of up to 44,000. The winning team will have a budget of £14million to deliver both ceremonies. The successful Glasgow 2014 Ceremonies Creative and Delivery Team will have to demonstrate they can:

  • Maximise the unique opportunity to showcase the pride, passion and diversity of Glasgow and Scotland
  • Link culture and sport in an innovative spectacle which excites audiences and celebrates athletes
  • Create opportunities to engage communities across Scotland and the creative sector nationwide.
  • Develop a dynamic programme which recognises half the population of the Commonwealth is under 25

Glasgow 2014 today published the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) which will help identify suitably qualified companies who will be invited to tender for the Ceremonies Creative and Technical Delivery Contract. It is anticipated the successful team will be in place by July 2012.

Internationally renowned Scots TV Producer Eileen Gallagher, a member of the Glasgow 2014 Board, will chair  the Board's Ceremonies, Culture and Queen's Baton Relay Steering Group, while Glasgow Life, led by its Chief Executive, Dr Bridget McConnell,  will provide strategic leadership of the Ceremonies, Culture and Queen's Baton Relay programme.

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison said:

"The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is a fantastic opportunity to showcase all that Glasgow and Scotland has to offer. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will focus the eyes of the world on Scotland and enhance our global reputation for culture and creativity.  The Ceremonies are one of the highlights of a Games and this investment has the potential to bring direct economic benefits to our creative industries, boosting jobs and contract opportunities in one of Scotland's high-growth sectors."

Eileen Gallagher, Chair of the Glasgow 2014 Board's Ceremonies, Culture and Queen's Baton Relay Steering Group said:

"The Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games create brilliant opportunities to showcase a dynamic contemporary nation with a passion for culture and creativity.

"This is our chance to deliver both an outstanding live experience and a global show-reel for Scotland which connects us internationally and, as part of a creative programme for Glasgow 2014, allows Glasgow and Scotland to shine on the world stage."  

Michael Cavanagh Chairman, Commonwealth Games Scotland said:

"This is an exciting opportunity to ensure that the Opening and Closing ceremonies balance a spectacular visual experience for spectators and television viewers across the Commonwealth, with the performance needs of the athletes.

We look forward to being fully involved in the development of ceremonies that will create a truly memorable experience for everyone, showcasing the best of Glasgow and Scotland.”

Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said:

“I am certain that the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will showcase the very best of the city and Scotland.  This is indeed an opportunity to show what we can do before a global audience, and I look forward to the ceremonies being an exciting and integral part of what will a memorable Games. 

“Glasgow Life played an outstanding role in the creation and delivery of the Flag Handover Ceremony during the Closing Ceremony of the 2010 Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, and I am sure they will help to bring fantastic ceremonies to the city in 2014.”


Note to Editors

1. For further information please contact: Janette Harkess, Head of Media, Glasgow 2014. Direct line:  03020140140 or email

2. Cost: A cost comparison to other recent Commonwealth Games is difficult but allowing for cost increases over time it is estimated Glasgow 2014’s Ceremonies budget is between 10% to 15% lower than Manchester 2002  and approximately half the budget of Melbourne 2006  (Ref: Jack Morton Worldwide).

3. Cultural boost: The aim of the Glasgow 2014 Ceremonies is to leave a visual, reputational, sectoral and community legacy, living long in the memory and benefitting Scotland and Glasgow’s cultural and creative sector

4. The Cultural Programme: Glasgow 2014’s landmark Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Cultural Programme and Queen's Baton Relay will be delivered in a seamless and consistent creative approach for the first time which promotes both Glasgow and Scotland to the world. The coordinated approach will deliver an unforgettable experience of the nation and city in the lead up to and during the Games. Recognising the importance of this programme, the Glasgow 2014 Board has tasked Board Member Eileen Gallagher OBE to Chair the Ceremonies, Culture and Queen’s Baton Relay Steering Group. Building on the successful experience of managing the outstanding Flag Handover Ceremony at Delhi 2010, Glasgow Life will, through Glasgow City Council, work on this programme with the Organising Committee. Glasgow Life’s dynamic showcase in Delhi highlighted both modern and traditional aspects of Glasgow and Scotland’s heritage with the involvement of 352 volunteer performers from all of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas.

5. Budget: Glasgow 2014 remains committed to delivering an outstanding Commonwealth Games experience for Scotland that is on budget and on time. In challenging economic times, it is essential Glasgow 2014, working in collaboration with our Games Partners, continues to make every effort to ensure best value in delivering a dynamic and exciting games experience for athletes, spectators and for Scotland

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