David McGillivray

Professor, interested in events, culture, digital participation & sport.


2010 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony

Just finished watching yet another closing ceremony of a major sports event, Delhi2010 (http://www.cwgdelhi2010.org/), and am still wondering how they can stretch them out for as long as they do. I appreciate that this is the host’s moment in the sun, but surely they dilute its impact by asking a range of bureaucrats to thank their friends and supporters for an hour or more.  The Glasgow 2014 (http://www.glasgow2014.com/) Flag Handover Ceremony was certainly impressive given that most of the performers were amateurs, unlike the professional casts of the past.  This reflects a uniquely Glasgow-driven approach to the issues of ownership around the 2014 Games.  It took a risk by inviting the uninitiated to participate in a ceremony beamed around the world but in order for this to go beyond mere tokenism, Glasgow needs to continue its commitment to empowering its diverse communities and placing people at the centre of the Games project.  Learn lessons from the mistakes made by the Delhi organisers and make Glasgow2014 much closer to the citizens…

David McGillivray • October 14, 2010

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