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By Hannah Busst Wednesday 7 March 2018

Plans for Birmingham 2022 handover underway -  Games Partners appoint Culture Central to produce the city's element of the Ceremony, now seeking participants for the event.

Birmingham 2022 Games Partners have appointed Culture Central, the development organisation for culture in the Birmingham city region, to produce the city’s element of the Flag Handover Ceremony.  Culture Central, on behalf of Birmingham 2022 and working with Birmingham Hippodrome, will work with young artists from across the city to celebrate Birmingham’s status as one of the youngest and most diverse cities in the UK.

The official ceremony will take place on Sunday, 15 April 2018, and will see young people and artists from the city perform as part of the Closing Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Film maker Daniel Alexander, rapper Lady Sanity and choreographer Rosie Kay are the first artists to be announced as taking part in Birmingham’s handover ceremony, part of which will be performed live in the Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast, Australia and part live from Birmingham. The global televised audience is estimated as one billion people.

How to get involved

We are now looking for 2,022 people, aged 16* – 25 to participate in the official handover event. Over two thousand people will come together in a large-scale event, in a secret city centre location, giving a glimpse into what the world can expect from the city as it hosts the games in 2022.  

We are looking to represent the young and diverse population of the city region. Whether you are a trained dancer or are happy moving to a beat we would love to hear from you.  

Choreographed by Rosie Kay, performed live, to a worldwide audience of one billion people, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to show the world what Birmingham is made of! 

Applicants need to be able to commit to the following dates: 

- A ‘try out’ session on either Friday 30th, Saturday 31st March or Tuesday 3rd April

- Some rehearsal sessions between the dates 7th – 11th April, (details tbc, not inclusive)

- All day rehearsals (09:00 – 18:00) on Thursday 12th April, Friday 13th April and Saturday 14th April

- Performance date: 08:00 – 15:00 on Sunday 15th April 

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept submissions from people who cannot commit to the above dates.  

All rehearsals and performances will be local to Birmingham City Centre. A travel bursary will be provided for rehearsal dates only.

*Young people aged 16+ may attend unaccompanied providing they are over 16 years old by 31st August 2017 and can present photographic ID and emergency contact information.  

Find out more and sign up here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Zara Harris on participation@culturecentral.co.uk

Volunteer Opportunity

We are also looking for 60 volunteers to support the delivery of the mass cast rehearsals and live event, if you are interested in volunteering please apply here.

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  • Join in the conversation (#Birmingham2022)
  • For further information visit the website (www.birmingham2022.com)

Image: Birmingham Weekender 2017, produced by Culture Central

Photo by Verity Milligan

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