Artwork by Gold Coast kids to feature in Glasgow Commonwealth Games Flag Handover Ceremony

EIGHT colourful artworks of the Gold Coast created by eight local primary school students will be broadcast across the globe as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Flag Handover Ceremony.

The artworks, which represent key categories of; the globe, surf, beach, hinterland, culture, sport, skyline and fun, were produced following an invitation to the Gold Coast school community to be a part of a unique and valuable contribution to the Flag Handover Ceremony.

Minister for Education John-Paul Langbroek welcomed the opportunity for Gold Coast students to be involved in the Flag Handover Ceremony.


“The Flag Handover Ceremony is an occasion where Australia, Queensland and the Gold Coast will be showcased to the world and it’s great to have local students’ artwork featured,” Mr Langbroek said.

“The production will offer a taste of what our great state has to offer and the artwork provides a colourful and inviting visual narrative of the Gold Coast to a global audience,” he said.

“Students will be thrilled to see their artwork featured in performances with a cast of talented Aussies including singer and actress Jessica Mauboy, world champions Mick Fanning and Sally Pearson, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary presenter Tenielle Matheson and the ‘Gold Coast Kid’ Gabriel Pither.”

The Flag Handover Ceremony is being produced by world-renowned event production company David Atkins Enterprises (DAE) and encompasses a 10-minute creative performance which will follow the official handing over of the Commonwealth Games Federation Flag from Glasgow to the Gold Coast.

Artistic Director/Executive Producer of the Flag Handover Ceremony, David Atkins said Australians and the world can expect to see a welcome presence of the Gold Coast’s warm and friendly culture and colourful environment.

“Without giving away too much… the Flag Handover Ceremony will portray the Gold Coast as a positive, colourful, vibrant city, which is of course famous for fun,” Mr Atkins said.

David Atkins said he was impressed by the number and quality of submissions received.

“The thought, imagination and time spent on each piece was inspiring and the talent of young artists on the Gold Coast is clearly evident,” he said.

Gold Coast primary schools submitted artwork for consideration by DAE. One submission in each of the eight categories was chosen.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Flag Handover Ceremony will take place at Hampden Park Stadium on Sunday 3 August and will be televised live in Australia early on the morning of Monday 4 August.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018) will take place from 4 – 15 April 2018.