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Costume worn by didgeridoo player William Barton for Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, consisting of:
A front buttoning extra large men's shirt with back yoke and button-down double collar, predominantly maroon in colour, with overall miniature diamond design in navy.
A khaki coloured linen extra large men's linen jacket, unlined, with zippered front, ribbed collar, sleeve hem and jacket hem, inset front side pockets fastened with metal clips
COSTUME man Shirt
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Shirt: cotton
Jacket: linen
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This jacket and shirt were worn by William Barton in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Carrara Stadium. Barton is widely recognised as one of Australia's finest traditional didgeridoo players and a leading didgeridoo player in the classical world. Barton has appeared at music festivals around the world and has also recorded a number of orchestral works.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) was the first international multi-sport event to implement a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Developed in consultation with members of the Yugambeh language group and Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the GC2018 RAP was the result of a commitment from the Queensland Government and Games Partners to acknowledge, respect, and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through employment opportunities, procurement of goods and services, and the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures.

GC2018 contributed to public discourse on reconciliation and the need to support the rights of Indigenous people in Australia and across the Commonwealth. Like the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games, which provided the backdrop for a revolutionary movement to draw attention to Indigenous civil liberties and land rights, GC2018 presented Indigenous rights activists with an opportunity to broadcast the injustices and discrimination experienced by Indigenous Australians to both a national and international audience.

GC2018 implemented several community and equality-based initiatives, including a more inclusive para-sports programme and seven new events for women, making GC2018 the first Commonwealth Games to enable women participants to participate in as many medal events as men.
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