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Jack Morton to deliver Commonwealth Games ceremonies

Jack Morton to deliver Commonwealth Games ceremonies
Staff Reporter
13 August 2012

Jack Morton Worldwide has been appointed to deliver the Opening and Closing ceremonies for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, with a budget of £14m.

Jack Morton was behind the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006, as well as the ceremonies at the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The agency also worked on the live celebration sites at key locations across London for the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. Working with the Mayor of London’s Office, it created day-long live events around the capital for more than 200,000 people.

The Glasgow Opening Ceremony takes place on 23 July, 2014 in front of a live audience of 60,000 at Celtic Park and the Closing Ceremony will be held at Scotland’s National Stadium, Hampden Park, before a live audience of up to 44,000 on the 3rd August.

Both Ceremonies will be viewed by a potential international TV audience of more than one billion.   

Jack Morton Worldwide will soon begin the search for both established and emerging talents in Glasgow and across Scotland.

Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremonies normally include the arrival of the head of the Commonwealth, the Parade of Nations, where Glasgow officially welcomes the Commonwealth Nations to the Games, the end of the Queen's Baton Relay, which will visit every Commonwealth Nation before travelling throughout Scotland in the lead up to the Games, and the arrival and welcome of thousands of athletes from across the Commonwealth.

The Closing Ceremony sees Glasgow hand the flag over to the Gold Coast, hosts of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, as well as create a celebratory atmosphere for athletes, spectators and volunteers.

David Zolkwer, director of Public Events, Jack Morton Worldwide and head of Ceremonies for Glasgow 2014 (pictured), said: “I’m particularly looking forward to engaging with both the creative sector and the extended community to create Ceremonies that make Scotland proud and inspire the watching world.”

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