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Enjoy live music and art at Sandwell’s free livestreaming of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

Published 27th July 2022

Be transfixed and immerse yourself in the free livestreaming of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony and two art installations at Sandwell Valley Country Park on Thursday 28 July.

The opening ceremony will kick-start the Commonwealth Games, and you can enjoy the launch for free at Sandwell Valley Showground, West Bromwich, from 5pm-10.30pm, with live music, performances, a licensed bar and wood-fired pizza.

The two public art installations are: Fluitō and People, Place and Sport.

Fluitō is a new interactive outdoor public art installation by Georgia Tucker. It invites participants to explore different layers of aquatics, showcasing the agility of elite swimmers, the positive mental impact of swimming, water inequality within Commonwealth countries and ocean pollution. Through a maze of projection, soundscapes, mirrors, visuals and film, Fluitō ‘integrates the virtual with the physical to create a transfixing immersive experience’.

Fluitō has been created by Georgia Tucker, and is supported by Arts Council England and The National Heritage Lottery Fund.

Find out more information about Fluitō (the text takes you to a web link).

People, Place and Sport is a celebration of local communities and sport in the West Midlands. Artist Jaskirt Boora explores the role of gender and ethnicity in sport, through a series of portraits and recorded conversations. The work also shines a light on the sporting hubs tucked away in our landscape, away from the large stadia, where grassroots sport takes place on a weekly basis.

The installation has been created by Jaskirt Boora and Multistory, and is supported by Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Find out more information about People, Place and Sport (the text takes you to a web link).

During the Commonwealth Games there will be an official big screen livestreaming viewing area at Sandwell Valley Showground featuring the Games competition events from Friday, 29 July, to Monday, 8 August, (8am-10pm), which will be free for everyone to access.

Councillor Laura Rollins, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: “The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are a unique opportunity for our communities to come together to celebrate not only the achievements of some of the best athletes from around the world, but also highlight the best of Sandwell arts, culture and skills.

“I would encourage everyone to join us at Sandwell Valley Country Park to enjoy the start of this historic sporting occasion, view the Games and explore creativity at the heart of the West Midlands.”

The opening ceremony pre-show starts at 7:15pm and is scheduled to finish at 10:30pm.

Find out more information about the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games festival site (the text takes you to a web link).