Plans for Birmingham 2022 handover underway - Organisers seek 2,022 young people to take part in the live televised handover

Plans are well under way for the official Birmingham 2022 handover ceremony on Sunday, 15 April 2018, which 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.

Culture Central, on behalf of Birmingham 2022, is now calling for 2,022 young people aged 16* – 25 years to be part of a mass participation dance in Birmingham, which will form an integral part of the live celebrations. Interested young people should ideally live within one hours’ public transport of Birmingham city centre and feel comfortable moving to music – but no previous formal dance training is necessary.

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, 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.

For reference, and to help bring to life what a handover ceremony involves, we’ve included a link to the Gold Coast handover from the Closing Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Aside from the protocol of the actual formal flag handover, the next Host City has the opportunity to create its own event to best reflect its values and showcase its city.

Handover Segment: Glasgow 2014 to Gold Coast 2018

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