Jack Morton to deliver Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games ceremonies


WORLD – Global events agency Jack Morton Worldwide has been appointed to deliver the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

The Organising Committee of Glasgow 2014 confirmed, 12 August, it had awarded the contract to the agency whose track record includes the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for 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 was also tasked with delivering the live celebration sites at key locations across London for the Royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton.

Director of Public Events, Jack Morton Worldwide and Head of Ceremonies for Glasgow 2014, David Zolkwer, said the company was “thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Glasgow 2014 to deliver unique 21st Century ceremonies that will capture the true spirit of the city and the region. 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”.

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

Both ceremonies will be viewed by a potential international TV audience of more than one billion, an unparalleled opportunity to showcase Glasgow and Scotland on a global stage.  

Jack Morton Worldwidewill have a budget of £14m (US$22m) to deliver both events and the company says it will soon begin the search for talent in Glasgow and across Scotland to help bring these iconic moments to life.

“Jack Morton Worldwide has an impressive track record of culture, creativity and legacy and the profile they have created at global events speaks for itself. “I look forward to seeing plans now being developed further, particularly since it will be engaging with the creative sector inScotland to make sure we truly showcase the country at its best.”

Dr Bridget McConnell, Director of Ceremonies, Culture and the Queen’s Baton Relay at Glasgow 2014, said: “Glasgow’s track record in hosting successful, major events is second to none and I’ve no doubt that by marrying our cultural creativity with a leading global events producer, we will put on a show that lives long in the memory.”

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