The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee has appointed Martin Green CBE as its chief creative officer – a role that will give him ultimate responsibility for the official opening and closing ceremonies and the wider cultural programme for the games.
The announcement comes exactly one year on from Gold Coast 2018’s Closing Ceremony, which incorporated Birmingham’s handover segment, produced by Green and performed live in Victoria Square.
Green has significant experience of working on global sporting events and major cultural celebrations and will take up his new role before the end of month. As chief creative officer, he’ll also oversee the Queen’s Baton Relay and provide overarching direction for the team welcome ceremonies, how the sports are presented and showcased in venues, medal ceremonies and spectator entertainment.
Green’s major achievements include working as head of ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, recruiting and leading the team of 500 people that successfully delivered the opening and closing ceremonies, the torch relays and victory ceremonies. He was also director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, which saw him manage a 365-day arts festival that reinvigorated Hull and fully engaged its residents, with nine out of ten local people attending at least one event.
Green commented: “Ever since working on last year’s ‘Go the Distance’ handover celebration, part of the Gold Coast 2018 closing ceremony, I knew I just had to be involved in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“I can’t wait to get started and I’m delighted that I’ll be working with organisations from across Birmingham and the West Midlands once again. This region is overflowing with talented, creative people and I want to get their input and ideas, to ensure that the ceremonies and culture programme are dynamic, uniquely Birmingham and truly memorable.”
John Crabtree, chairman of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, added: “We are absolutely thrilled that Martin has joined our team and I am delighted that someone with such relevant experience will be helping us deliver the biggest sport and cultural event ever to be staged in this region.
“Martin’s experience on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games made him the perfect candidate for this role on Birmingham 2022 and we were also impressed with the hugely successful handover event that Martin directed for Birmingham last year as, in just a few weeks, he orchestrated such a bold and brave live performance. I can’t wait to see what he will create for us over the next three years.”