is an event with an international profile, hosted by the entire region and featuring more than 150 events, placing it as a centre for the arts on the world map.
The games - which open at the end of July - will include an arts and entertainment section known as Cultureshock
which is organising the Spirit of Friendship Festival alongside.
The seven artists contributing to the exhibition, which opens at Manchester's Whitworth Gallery in June and is part of the Cultureshock
Festival, all live and work in the UK but have links with different Commonwealth countries.