The curtains may have just closed on the London Olympics, but Jack Morton Worldwide is looking ahead to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games after being appointed to create and deliver the opening and closing ceremonies.
The Organising Committee of Glasgow 2014 awarded the contract to the events agency, and the team will now begin to plan both of the ceremonies which will take place in the summer of 2014.
Jack Morton Worldwide will have a budget of £14m to deliver both events and will soon begin the search for both established and emerging talents in Glasgow and across Scotland. The opening ceremony will take place on 23 July, 2014 in front of a live audience of 60,000 at Celtic Park and the closing ceremony will be held at Scotland’s National Stadium, Hampden Park, before a live audience of up to 44,000 on the 3 August, 2014.
Jack Morton Worldwide’s impressive portfolio 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. In 2011, the agency was also tasked with delivering the live celebration sites at key locations across London for the Royal Wedding.
David Grevemberg, chief executive of Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee said: “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 in Scotland to make sure we truly showcase the country at its best.”
David Zolkwer, director of public events, Jack Morton Worldwide and head of ceremonies for Glasgow 2014, added: “We are 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.”
Pictured: David Zolkwer