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Jack Morton wins £14m Glasgow 2014 Opening and Closing Ceremonies work

Jack Morton Worldwide has been appointed to deliver the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Hampden Park to host Glasgow 2014
Hampden Park to host Glasgow 2014

The Organising Committee of Glasgow 2014 has awarded the contract to Jack Morton Worldwide, 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.

In collaboration with Glasgow 2014, Jack Morton Worldwide will now conceive, plan and deliver both the Opening Ceremony which takes place on 23 July, 2014 at Celtic Park and the Closing Ceremony at Scotland’s National Stadium, Hampden Park, on 3 August.

Jack Morton Worldwide will have a budget of £14m to deliver both events.

Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee chief executive David Grevemberg said: "This investment has the potential to bring direct economic benefits to our creative industries, boosting jobs and contract opportunities in one of Scotland's high-growth sectors.

"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 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."

Jack Morton’s head of ceremonies for Glasgow 2014 David Zolkwer said: "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."

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