A Few Images Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony
An event for all on a perfect sunny July day there were many festivities at the Glasgow opening ceremony – headlined with Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle, Nicola Benedetti and more to welcome all the athletes to Glasgow’s games..
I caught this fun photo of a young Scot enjoying the occasion with his Scottish flag just outside Celtic park! All great fun!
Highlights for me were Nicola Benedetti, the Scottish pipers and the Scottish ballet dancing to the Proclaimers song ‘I Would Walk Ten Thousand Miles’ and more Scottish flavours with Julie Fowlis who sang a beautiful Gaelic song
The event ranged from twee musical to everyday busking and singing on Glasgow’s city streets. There was nostalgic pageantry and historic symbolism of Scotland’s history and of Burn’s poetic words of equality for all with Freedom Come Ye All, alongside a mention of Glasgow’s being the first city to offer Nelson Mandela the freedom of the city. Film director David Puttman also mentioned that in 1835 women of Glasgow marched against slavery.
The ceremony included a few firsts – the first time having the countries enter the stadium by continents worked well. Each country was led in by a wee Scottie dog with their short legs racing and this was a hit with everyone!
An event on this scale made history and asked those attending to text to UNICEF which raised million as the lights lit up on the phones. The Queen read out the Queen’s Baton’s message which had travelled through all the Commonwealth countries since last October with a message of friendship and hope.
For me a downside was that at times each segment felt so fleeting and fast, if you were not paying enough attention you would have missed it for the generation of the short attention span! All in all quite an occasion.
PLUS - 23rd July Opening Parties -
PARTY Glasgow Green – Lulu, Rab Noakes, Eddi Reader,
Kelvingrove Bandstand – Belle & Sebastian.
ALSO 31st JULY, Glasgow Green – King Creoste, album From Scotland With Love released 21st Jluy. Film of the same name with live musical accompaniment, part of CULTURE 2014. http://www.kingcreosote.com/
New Music Biennial with Lau and other composers – Royal Concert hall . http://www.newmusicbiennial.com/