Friday, June 26, 2009

Help Glasgow fly the flag in Delhi

A HUNT has been launched for top creative talent to give a breathtaking showcase of Glasgow and Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The closing ceremony of next year's sporting extravaganza will mark the handover of the Commonwealth flag to Glasgow, which is hosting the event in 2014.

Members of the Glasgow 2014 organising committee want to ensure the city and Scotland are shown to the world in the best possible light.

They have formally started the search for an individual or organisation to come up with a concept that will inspire the millions watching the closing ceremony in the Indian capital.

John Scott, chief executive of Glasgow 2014, said: "We are proud of Glasgow's strengths and its rich cultural, industrial and sporting legacy - and now is the time to celebrate and showcase the city's transformation into a modern, vibrant and stylish destination.

"At the handover ceremony in Delhi, the world will turn its attention to Glasgow and Scotland and we want to ensure the best talent is at the forefront of promoting city, nation and the Games."

London's acceptance of the Olympic flag from Beijing last year involved an iconic red London bus, which unfolded into a stage where Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Leona Lewis performed Whole Lotta Love, watched by England football star David Beckham.

The Glasgow organising committee will consider individuals, companies and groups from creative, cultural, arts, production, programming, advertising and events backgrounds.

Expressions of interest must be received by July 16 and invitations to tender will be sent on July 27.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games will be the biggest multi-sports event Scotland has hosted.

More than 6000 athletes and officials from 71 countries will travel to the city to compete in 17 different sports in 13 venues over 11 days in July and August.

With a budget of £373million, the Commonwealth Games are expected to bring significant sporting, economic and social benefits to Glasgow and Scotland.

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