Commonwealth Games bosses are looking for 2,022 young Brummies to join a city centre dance which will be beamed live around the world next month.
The outdoor, mass-participation dance will be screened, via live satellite television link up, at the closing ceremony for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast , Australia on April 15.
It will be a key part of the official hand over to Birmingham which is hosting the 2022 Games.
Birmingham 2022 will at the same time be represented in the Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast, by a group of young artists - including film maker Daniel Alexander, rapper Lady Sanity and choreographer Rosie Kay.
But if you are aged 16 to 25 years old and live within an hour’s commute of Birmingham City Centre and don’t mind strutting your stuff in front of an estimated global TV audience of one billion people then you too can take part. No formal dance training is necessary.
Birmingham’s part of the ceremony is being coordinated by arts group Culture Central and the Birmingham Hippodrome and will highlight our city as one of the UK’s youngest and most diverse.
Daniel Alexander, from Oldbury, who is producing a short-film for the ceremony, said: “This is an amazing opportunity for one of my films, celebrating my home town of Birmingham, to be viewed by a global audience. I want to showcase the people and the places that make our city so distinct and show the world that the only place they want to hang out in 2022 is Birmingham.”
Rapper Lady Sanity, from Erdington said: “This is a real moment for Birmingham to show the world who we are and what our city is about and to be asked to be part of that is huge. I hope I can be a voice for all the young people in Birmingham as we invite the world to join us in 2022.”
Northfield based choreographer Rosie Kay, added: “I am hugely exited and inspired by what this Commonwealth Games can do and say about young people and Birmingham today.
"It’s a fantastic challenge and opportunity both for myself and for the young people that will sign up to be part of this welcome to Birmingham. Dance is about challenging perceptions and exciting audiences and what better way to bring Birmingham to life across the world than with a choreographed, fun, mass dance performance!”
How to sign up
Young people interested in being part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity should sign up at www.birmingham2022.com .
Participants must be available for try-outs on either 30 or 31 March 2018, and then rehearsals then every day from 09 – 15 April inclusive. Local travel costs in the rehearsal week will be covered for all participants.
What the Commonwealth Games bosses say
Brigid Jones, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council said: “Birmingham has a cultural sector up there with the very best in the world. I am sure the team behind our closing ceremony handover and the young people who take part in it will project this city’s youth, energy and creativity on the global stage for everyone in the Commonwealth and beyond to see.
“This is one of the first ways in which Birmingham citizens can get directly involved with the Games, and this opportunity sets the tone for an exciting four year-period in which there will be many varying ways for people of all ages from all communities to be a part of the Birmingham 2022 experience.”
Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin CBE said: “It will be a very special honour for me to pass the Commonwealth Games Federation flag to Birmingham at the Closing Ceremony. Birmingham 2022 will take their first steps on the global stage and give us all a first glimpse of this truly Commonwealth city’s inspiring plans to surprise and showcase today’s modern, vibrant Commonwealth.”
Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said: “The handover ceremony is an incredible opportunity for the people of Birmingham to put the city’s amazing culture, diversity, youth and energy on the world stage. The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will be brilliant for the whole country, help drive economic growth across the region and leave a strong sport legacy.”