Indian contingent joins the festivities at the CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony

With an array of homes from across the Commonwealth, created using virtual reality, bringing back scenes from bygone days to portray the city’s most famous exports and amidst music, dance and entertainment. A cultural milieu showcasing the lives and times of local people, the city of Birmingham welcomed 6,500 athletes from 72 nations and territories for the 22nd Commonwealth Games at an opening gala.

The two-hour program in which organizers presented a carnival-like exhibit that touted Birmingham’s awe-inspiring inventions, buttons, car horns, celluloid film and the printing press, paid homage to the working class in Alexander Stadium through a raging bull, 10 meters high and built over five months, pulled by female chain-makers who worked long hours in hot, cramped outbuildings making small chains in the 19th century.

Then, to represent the victory of the working classes, the bull threw down its armor to symbolize the famous strikes of 1910 when women chain makers went on strike for better terms – and after 10 weeks they won, earning a new minimum wage which doubled their income. . The collapsing bull represents the victory of the working classes over their employers.

Royal guests, HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall entered the Prince’s Aston Martin which he bought in the 1970s while the Birmingham Royal Ballet presented incredible athleticism. The city’s multicultural identity was showcased through an inspirational speech by child rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai, winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

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