Glasgow: Things To Do
Escape the regular way of city life and find something exciting to see and do. David Pollock highlights the pick of the bunch around Glasgow this autumn
Akhe & Derevo
Despite not even having a name at time of going to press, this huge promenade show through the Arches’ cavernous space should prove to be one of the autumn’s most anticipated theatre draws. Teaming Russia’s underground Akhe Engineering Theatre with the Russian-formed, Germany-based physical theatre company Derevo – who will be familiar to Scots audiences since gathering swathes of awards at the Edinburgh Festival - it’s the kind of show which will command national attention.
Tue 10-Sat 14 Nov, the Arches, 0141 565 1000, www.thearches.co.uk
The Arches’ annual festival of live work by emergent artists is a feast of theatre, music and performance art in one of Scotland’s most forward thinking multi-use venues. Highlights this year will include Cable, a live music gig with the incorporation of directed performances, and work by Katie Baird, Flora Pitrolo, Eilidh MacAskill, Peter McMaster, Eaton Lewis, Paul Vickers and the Leg and Jess Thorpe. The names are unfamiliar, but trust us - Arches Live’s impressive reputation is all you need be aware of.
Thu 17-Sat 26 Sep, the Arches, 0141 565 1000, www.thearches.co.uk
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival
The annual Scotland-wide arts festival aimed at promoting mental well-being returns. Highlights include the opening Music Like a Vitamin concert (Thu 1 Oct), featuring some of our favourite folky musicians: Emma Pollock, Karine Polwart, Alasdair Roberts, James Yorkston and Adrian Crowley, teaming up to sing the songs of Daniel Johnston. There will also be a ‘Feel Good Films’ special at the Grosvenor Cinema.
Thu 1-Thu 22 Oct, various venues around Glasgow, www.mentalhealthfestival.dreamhosters.com
We know it’s not winter yet, but this huge event on Glasgow’s calendar is so big that just one season can’t quite contain it. Following the switch-on of the Christmas lights on George Square, November will see the city play host to Glasgow On Ice (from Sat 21 Nov) and then the Shindig On The Square (from Sat 28-Mon 30 Nov). Put on your best fluffy hat and woolly mittens and make like it’s the snowy season already.
Winterfest starts on Sun 15 Nov with the switching on of Glasgow’s Christmas lights in George Square, www.winterfestglasgow.com