Home' micenet eMag : micenet June 2018 Contents born in Australia by an almost entirely Australian team. They had that Australian flavour because
they were made by Australian people and were informed by the Gold Coast, Queensland and
“As the project & creative director, I wasn’t just working here on the Gold Coast, I was living
here, with a youngster at school, going to Nippers, and making a life here.
“Soon after our appointment my team and I embarked on a process of community
engagement and consultation. Creative development workshops were conducted with
thousands of South East Queenslanders.”
Engagement went across a range of sectors including: Indigenous community (Yarning circles);
creative & arts community; the business community; tertiary students (through Griffith University
and Queensland Conservatorium); young people (through City of Gold Coast); multi-faith
community; and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) team.
In addition, a good number of individual consultations were held with community leaders and
key influencers in the creative arts community on the Gold Coast, as well as in other Games
event cities Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns.
Further, the ceremonies team engaged with arts communities in Far North Queensland and
the Torres Strait Islands by attending the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) and meetings of the
Indigenous Arts Centre Alliance (IACA).
“This process - ongoing to the end - ensured that we were making creative decisions informed
by the experience of the real people the Ceremonies would ultimately be designed to represent.
“From day one we went to great lengths to remind people that these are not our – Jack
Morton Worldwide - ceremonies, `they’re yours’.
“Many of those consulted became actual creative contributors and collaborators in the
Ceremonies. In fact, over 45 individual artists, companies and organisations contributed to the
creative delivery of the ceremonies, as we worked to deliver on our promise to curate,
commission and collaborate with local talents. This process helped ensure that our ceremonies
were authentically born from and of this place.”
Mr Zolkwer said after a few months of engagement and consultation, Jack Morton produced
a creative strategy that served to inform all the creative decisions they would make thereafter.
“This checklist was a means for all the stakeholders to distinguish the right ideas from the
many good ideas emerging. It included prompts to be ‘principled and provocative’, to present
ourselves with ‘beauty, meaning and skill’, to deliver ‘an Indigenous heart and soul’, to be ‘a
generous host’ and to tell a ‘universal story’; IE - it might be by and from all of us here on the
Gold Coast and in Queensland, but it can be about everyone.
“Emerging from this creative strategy was a written introduction to the Opening Ceremony
that set out our intent.
“In the Opening Ceremony in particular, what you saw were visuals very much of this place –
the sand, the awesome artwork of Brian Robinson, Nippers and Surf Life Savers, a Smoking
Ceremony, ‘Totem’ by Bangarra Dance Theatre and a huge representation of Migaloo...and
much more. But our connecting narrative
was universal; not just about us on the GC,
but about all of us across the world –
connected, together, sharing an island home
in a cosmic sea.”
Mr Zolkwer said the weather was the prime
“We knew what the weather was going to
be or could be like at that time of the year on
the Gold Coast, so we planned accordingly.
“There were many days when it was either
too wet or too hot to rehearse (and often both
on the same day). We built contingency time
into our bump in and rehearsal schedules to
mitigate the negative impact of some of the
more challenging days. We also needed to
build resilience into the materials we used to
make costumes, props and scenery and also
protect technical equipment too.
“Most importantly, we provided training
and facilities (including hundreds of litres of
sunscreen) to protect all the staff, volunteers
and contractors working on the Ceremonies.
“That resilience was well and truly tested on
the night of the Opening Ceremony when a
torrential downpour hit the stadium in the 10
minutes leading up to the start of the show.
Fortunately, the downpour passed just as the
show’s opening countdown sequence began.”
Another major challenge was completing
the bump in for the Closing Ceremony in 24
hours. It took weeks of detailed planning to
make this happen. m
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