Commonwealth Games: Birmingham 2022 Handover Ceremony

Plans for the Birmingham 2022 handover ceremony are well under way for Sunday, 15th April. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony will take place then and will include performances from Carrara Stadium (Gold Coast, Australia) and part-live from Birmingham.

Three artists have been confirmed already for the handover: Daniel Alexander, a film maker from Oldbury; Lady Sanity, a rapper from Erdington; and, Rosie Kay, a choreographer from Northfield. Culture Central (the development organisation for culture in Birmingham) is now calling for 2,022 young people between the age of 16 and 25 to participate at a mass participation dance in Birmingham as part of the ceremony which is expected to have around 1 billion people of televised audience.

No previous formal dance training is necessary, but participants must be available for try-outs on either 30 or 31 March and then rehearsals every day from 9 to 15 April.

As Gary Topp, CEO Culture Central, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for young people aged 16 to 25 to be part of a global celebration of Birmingham and to take the lead in introducing Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games to the world”.

This is the perfect opportunity for the city to showcase its status as one of the youngest and most diverse cities in the UK. Daniel Alexander says: “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.”

So, if you are a young person who enjoys dancing and are based in Birmingham or surroundings (1 hour form the city centre approximately by public transport), you can sign up to be part of the event at:

More information on the event can be found at