Glasgow's 2014 Cultural Programme unveiled
- David Kettle
- 31 January 2014
Mega-orchestras, a gastrofest and cultural events from around the world are being staged in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games
A mega-orchestra combining some of Scotland’s finest musicians, films on voyaging Shetlanders and even a new woodland park for Glasgow are among the 42 new arts projects announced as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.
The programme, which has kicked off already with new commissions in the Celtic Connections festival, accompanies the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and falls into two parts. Culture 2014 is a Scotland-wide celebration running up to and beyond the Games, and Festival 2014 brings events to Glasgow itself in a 12-day city festival to coincide with the Games. The aims of both are to present Scottish artists’ responses to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and to explore Scotland’s relationship with other Commonwealth nations. The total budget is over £13m.
In Culture 2014, events stretch from Shetland – where Ebb Tide uses film and music to explore the travels of Shetlanders on Clyde-built ships – to Glasgow itself, where Aboriginal activist Uncle Jack Charles takes over Tramway for a showcase of contemporary Australian performance. A Breath of Fresh AIR brings two visual artist residencies to the new Cuningar Loop woodland park being created south-east of Glasgow, and choreographers Royston Maldoom and Tamara McLorg will work with community dancers in Aberdeenshire on a new work inspired by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
The spring and summer festivals will play their parts, too, with a GastroFest at the Edinburgh International Science Festival and a major South African strand at the Edinburgh International Festival. And on 26 July, Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall is taken over by a Classical Marathon Day, from noon until 9.30pm, with performances from all of Scotland’s top ensembles, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra joining forces in a mega-orchestra as the day’s climax.
Festival 2014 takes over Glasgow from 19 July until 3 August to coincide with the Games themselves, with three zones – at Glasgow Green, in the Merchant City and at Kelvingrove Bandstand – offering live Games coverage on big screens as well as music, dance and comedy on outdoor stages.
Full details are available on the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme website, and further events will be announced later in the year.