Glasgow 2014 launches tender

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Glasgow 2014 is launching a global search for the creative talent which will deliver the £14m 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 nationThe 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. " The search has been 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 £14m 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 25Glasgow 2014 has 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.

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