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The creative team that will deliver the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has been unveiled.


Taking place on 28th July 2022 and broadcast to 1.5 billion people around the Commonwealth, the Opening Ceremony will host a live audience of 30,000 at the newly redeveloped Alexander Stadium.


A stellar, six-person team has been formed. It consists of a globally renowned theatre director, a two-time BAFTA award winner, an international rapper, a published novelist, an international set designer, and the creator and writer of the Peaky Blinders.


Full details of the story of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be revealed in the coming months, and the musical performers, special guests, as well as moments that will make up the shows. Created in Birmingham, the Ceremonies are set to be a platform for the voices, cultures and talent of the West Midlands. 


Birmingham2022’s Chief Creative Officer Martin Green CBE, who also led the Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies in London 2012, said: “This talent and these tools are nothing without a story, and this city and region are full of rich and diverse narratives to share with the world. 


“Ten years, almost to the day, since London 2012’s Opening Ceremony, these Games in Birmingham present a unique opportunity to create a global advert at a moment of renewal as we emerge from the challenges of the pandemic.”


The Opening Ceremony will include a mass cast of 1,200 participants and also welcome the return of the Queen’s Baton following its 300-day relay around the Commonwealth.


Tickets become available from 8th September 2021 and start at £22 for adults and £8 for Under 16s. 


Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louise Martin DBE added: “Birmingham 2022 has assembled a truly exceptional and diverse creative team that boasts genuine, world-class talent, and I have no doubt that they will work tirelessly to create unforgettable Ceremonies. These will live long in the memory and showcase the very best of Birmingham, the West Midlands, the country and the Commonwealth.”


Written by: David Watkins

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