High-flying start to Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

High-flying start to Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Aidan Moffat, Cora Bissett, Louise Welsh and Tam Dean Burn announced as part of Games culture programme

Aidan Moffat, Cora Bissett, Louise Welsh and Tam Dean Burn are just a clutch of the Scottish names taking part in a jam-packed line-up of cultural events to celebrate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The year-long programme will be split into two parts, with some events being held in the months running-up to the Games and others coinciding with the sporting events themselves.

Highlights of the programme include Where You’re Meant to Be, a joint collaboration between songwriter Aidan Moffat and award-wining film-maker Paul Fegan – the pair will document a Scottish road trip about the art of storytelling and its place within communities. Elsewhere, actor Tam Dean Burn will cycle to various locations across Scotland to read all the works by Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson. Stories will similarly be celebrated by comedian Janey Godley, as she gathers tales from around the country to perform from a vintage Bedford bus.

The life and legacy of the incomparable Martyn Bennett will inspire director Cora Bissett and playwright Kieran Hurley’s multi-form theatre production, GRIT, while the Clyde and Thames will be used as the backdrop for dance piece, The River.

Also in the programme, aerial and street theatre gets a rather spectacular outing with international collaboration Perch. And in Glasgow’s Merchant City, writer Louise Welsh explores Scotland’s involvement with the slave trade.

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

All eyes are on Glasgow as the city hosts the 2014 Commonwealth Games, offering lucky spectators a spectacular display of power and skill from all over the world. Medals are available in 17 sports, from popular usual suspects athletics, swimming and cycling to quirkier events such as rugby sevens, lawn bowls and squash.