The 21st Commonwealth Games have begun in the Australian city of Gold Coast in front of 35,000 spectators at the Carrara Stadium.
A heavy shower at the start of the opening ceremony did not seem to dampen the spirit of the Games which bring together more than 4,500 athletes from 71 countries for 275 medal events until April 15.
"Welcome to the oldest living culture on Earth," read the message on a smartphone held by Isabella Graham, an 11-year-old Aboriginal girl as the ceremony began.
Graham touched the screen to activate a short countdown that started from 65,000 - a tribute to the rich history of Australia's First Nations peoples, who scientists believe arrived in the continent some 65,000 years ago.
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