Here’s everything you need to know before the big opening ceremony.
When do the Commonwealth Games take place?
The Games officially begin in Birmingham with an opening ceremony on Thursday July 28, with the show starting at around 7pm.
Both it and the closing ceremony, on August 8, will take place at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium,
In between there will be 11 days of sporting action featuring around 6,600 of the world’s finest athletes.
Who is appearing at the opening ceremony?
A live audience of over 30,000, along with millions around on television, will watch pop legends Duran Duran headline the opening ceremony.
Other talent to take part will include Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and vocalists Indigo Marshall and Gambini, under the musical direction of rapper, artist and educator Joshua ‘RTKal’ Holness.
Birmingham Conservatoire graduate and mezzo-soprano Samantha Oxborough will take the prestigious role of performing the National Anthem for the United Kingdom as part of the formal opening of the Games, supported by the celebrated City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under acclaimed conductor Alpesh Chauhan, while musicians from The Royal Marines deliver a rousing trumpet fanfare.
A massed choir of over 700 voices, comprised of 15 choirs from across the West Midlands will flood the arena, led by Carol Pemberton and Black Voices, one of Europe’s leading female a cappella groups.
Meanwhile, musicians from across the region, representing global musical styles, provide the bed for major theatrical moments throughout the production, including a Call to Gather sequence for the whole Commonwealth, featuring two-time, Grammy-award winning percussionist Lekan Babalola, vocalist Ranjana Ghatak, shawm player Jude Rees, bagpiper Chris Crouch and Djembe player Abraham Paddy Tetteh, with Birmingham-wide Dohl drummers providing a percussive backdrop to stunning visual moments.
What sports are included, and when will athletes compete in them?
This year, the schedule for the sports included in the Commonwealth Games is as follows:
Athletics and Para Athletics: Tuesday, August 2–Sunday, August 7
Badminton: Friday, July 29–Monday, August 8
Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball: Friday, July 29–Tuesday, August 2
Beach Volleyball: Saturday, July 30–Sunday, August 7
Boxing: Friday, July 29–Thursday, August 4, Saturday, August 6–Sunday, August 7
Cricket: Friday, July 29--Sunday, July 31, Tuesday, August 2–Thursday, August 4, Saturday, August 6–Sunday, August 7
Cycling– Mountain Bike: Wednesday, August 3
Cycling–Road Race: Sunday, August 7
Cycling–Time Trial: Thursday, August 4
Cycling–Track & Para Track: Friday, July 29–Monday, August 1
Diving: Thursday, August 4–Monday, August 8
Gymnastics–Artistic: Friday, July 29–Tuesday, August 2
Gymnastics–Rhythmic: Thursday, August 4–Saturday, August 6
Hockey: Friday, July29–Monday, August 8
Judo: Monday, August 1–Wednesday, August 3
Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls: Friday, July 29–Saturday, August 6
Marathon: Saturday, July 30
Netball: Friday, July 29–Sunday, August 7
Para Powerlifting: Thursday, August 4
Rugby Sevens: Friday, July 29–Sunday, July 31
Squash: Friday, July 29–Monday, August 8
Swimming and Para Swimming: Friday, July 29–Wednesday, August 3
Table Tennis and Para Table Tennis: Friday, July 29–Monday, August 8
Triathlon and Para Triathlon: Friday, July 29, Sunday, July 31
Weightlifting: Saturday, July 30–Wednesday, August 3
Wrestling: Friday, August 5–Saturday, August 6
How do I watch on television?
The BBC will be offering free live coverage of the Commonwealth Games throughout the competition onBBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, via the Red Button, and on iPlayer.
The presenting and commentating team include Olympic gold medallists Michael Johnson and Jessica Ennis-Hill, along with Commonwealth champions Max Whitlock and Beth Tweddle.
What countries are taking part?
In total of 72 teams will take part in this year’s Games, comprising 54 countries and 18 territories.
Only five countries have competed in every edition of the Games since 1930 – Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales.
The countries and territories taking part are:
Antigua & Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Isle of Man
Papua New Guinea
St Kitts & Nevis
St Vincent & The Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos Islands