Media Release: Taking sport to the street – Eden Court presents Commonwealth Sports Day! Count down to Glasgow 2014

A HIGHLAND twinkle-toed twosome is swapping the boards for the pavement this summer as they transform sporting excellence into a raucous fusion of dance and drama on the public’s doorstep.

As part of Event Scotland’s Games for Scotland programme of events, celebrating the run-up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Eden Court Theatre’s CREATIVE Department presents Commonwealth Sports Day!, an accessible, interactive street theatre performance inspired by the Games.

Performing at this year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and touring busy town centres across the region, Commonwealth Sports Day! will inject the excitement of the Commonwealth countdown into the Highlands, ahead of next year’s historical games in Glasgow.

If the thought of weightlifting or rowing sends the sports-shy cowering for cover, Commonwealth Sports Day!’s energy, enthusiasm and more theatrical take on the seventeen Commonwealth sports will serve as motivation, encouraging the Highlands to roll up, get active and join Eden Court CREATIVE’s talented duo in a circus themed street theatre performance in their local area.

People of all ages and sporting abilities are invited to play wave their flags and watch as the Amazing Commonwealth Sporto-Dancing Girl combines the 17 Commonwealth sports with the dance styles of Commonwealth countries to create the most incredible Commonwealth Opening Ceremony you have ever seen with YOU, the crowd!

Sports Day will premiere at Belladrum on Friday 02 August, and then roll up at Falcon Square, Inverness on 06 August, Aviemore Village Green on 07 August, Fort William Town Centre on 08 August and, finally, at John o’ Groats Ferry Terminal on 09 August.

CREATIVE manager, Kati Kozikowska, is looking forward to offering an alternative route into sport with Games for Scotland:

“As the largest multi-arts venue in Scotland and a key centre for the Highlands, Eden Court CREATIVE is excited to welcome such a landmark sporting platform to Scotland, and we can’t wait to offer our inventive and theatrical look at the Games and get the Highlands dancing in the process.

“With only one year to go to Glasgow 2014, now is the ideal opportunity to inspire the local community and work to keep the Games as accessible as possible to all.”

The Games for Scotland programme, managed by EventScotland, forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver a lasting legacy as a result of the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland.

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, said:

“With the theme around ‘One year to go’, the Games for Scotland programme encourages communities across Scotland to feel part of the excitement building around the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

“Thousands of people are able to join in this fantastic opportunity to celebrate our modern and vibrant culture, helping to deliver a legacy that Scots everywhere can feel proud of.”

Paul Bush OBE, chief operating officer at EventScotland, said:

“We are delighted to be working with Eden Court Theatre and Cinema in the delivery of what promises to be a fantastic event.

“Sports Day epitomises what the Games for Scotland programme has been designed to accomplish; inspiring, motivating and engendering pride amongst the people of Scotland.

“With one year to go, the diverse programme of sport and dance events taking place across the country as part of the Games For Scotland project are undoubtedly extending the legacy of the Games far beyond the host city to the benefit of communities throughout Scotland.”

David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 chief executive, said:

“With the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games fast approaching, the eyes of the world are on Glasgow and Scotland as anticipation builds for what promises to be a truly outstanding sporting and cultural event.

“We’re delighted that Eden Court is holding Sports Day as part of the Games for Scotland programme. It gives people across the country a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in events celebrating Scotland’s role as host of the Games, as well as its heritage and cultural connection with the Commonwealth community.”


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Notes to editors:

Eden Court

Eden Court is the largest multi-arts venue in Scotland. It re-opened in November 2007 following an extensive redevelopment programme, which saw the addition of two purpose built cinemas, a brand new flexible second theatre space and two dance and education studios.

Eden Court CREATIVE Arts Workers live and work in ten different areas covering the whole of the Highlands of Scotland, from Nairn to Skye, from Lochaber to Caithness.  They specialise in making drama, dance and digital media activities accessible to both children and adults in the Highlands.  Eden Court CREATIVE also employs two Additional Support Needs specialists, making the Arts as accessible as possible for the entire community.

Eden Court is the only theatre in Scotland to offer Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) courses in Drama and Dance. These are extracurricular courses, which offer pupils from across Highland the opportunity to study at Eden Court for an SQA Higher Dance, Drama or Intermediate 2 exams. Aside from Eden Court, there is only one school in the Highlands where pupils can sit SQA Higher Drama exams.

Games for Scotland

Games for Scotland is a programme of events designed to inspire, motivate, engage and engender pride in the people of Scotland in the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The programme, managed by EventScotland (Scotland’s National Events Agency), forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver a lasting legacy as a result of the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland.

With one year to go, excitement is building in the lead up to Glasgow 2014 as young people across Scotland look forward to this landmark year of sport.

People across Scotland are being invited to join the excitement in the lead up to 2014 by going along to one of the events taking place between 1 June to 31 August 2013

This year the Games for Scotland programme welcomes Clyde the Glasgow 2014 Mascot to help generate national, regional, and international awareness of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games bringing the excitement of the Games to Scotland’s young people and encouraging them to lead an active lifestyle and participate in sport.

Clyde the mascot will be visiting the Falcon Square performance in Inverness on August 06 2013.

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