With the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in full swing, the city has been brought to life with eye-catching dressing, capturing the essence of the historic city, and showcasing Birmingham to the world.
We caught up with Anisha Tailor – who has taken on the role as a City Dressing Coordinator in Birmingham – who shares her experiences and discusses the amazing work she and her team have produced for Birmingham 2022.
Can you explain what your role is for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games?
I currently work as a City Dressing Coordinator for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. I work collaboratively with the rest of the team, supporting and assisting with numerous elements of city dressing, and more specifically city hoardings. It has been amazing seeing the city come to life with our branding and dressing for the Games.
What are your favourite sports to watch at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games?
I enjoy watching the water and aquatic sports the most, I find swimming, water polo and diving events really exciting to watch and it will be fantastic viewing them at the all-new Sandwell Aquatics Centre.
What has been your highlight whilst working on the Games?
Being part of an amazing team and seeing Birmingham come to life with all the dressings going up around the city has to be my biggest highlight. It looks so bright and colourful and the hard work has certainly paid off. The Games are expected to host more than a million spectators over the course of the two weeks, so as a team we are extremely proud of the work we have achieved dressing the city to make the experience for those coming to Birmingham for the first time an unforgettable one.
Every event and project comes with its challenges, what has been your proudest challenge to overcome as a team?
One thing we are proud of as a team is being able to meet our city dressing deadlines despite the setbacks and obstacles that have come our way throughout. It has made things a little more challenging but we have managed to find solutions. The pressure of having deadlines and knowing that so many people will be seeing the work we’ve produced on broadcasts around the world has been intense, but I am so proud of how we have come together as a team and produced dressings around the city.
When not at work, what can we find you doing?
When I’m not at work you can find me in the gym as I love to keep fit. Alternatively, I will be socialising with friends and family which usually includes some of my favourite hobbies such as going on long walks and site seeing.