20 unmissable events during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games
- Maud Sampson
- 9 July 2014
With so much going on during the Commonwealth Games, we round up the highlights you should sprint along to
Look out for additional cultural and sporting events taking place along the route to ensure everyone is part of the build-up to the Games.
Various locations across Scotland, until Tue 22 Jul
Actor Tam Dean Burn has been cycling around Scotland regaling small children with Julia Donaldson's books – all 195 of them. You'll be able to catch him as he arrives back in Glasgow to finish his grand adventure.
Various locations, until Sun 3 Aug
The National Theatre of Scotland has been collecting stories of Glasgow's past to produce a series of events reimagining the city's future.
Various venues, until Sun 3 Aug
A Scotland-wide celebration of 25 years of contemporary art, featuring over 60 exhibitions.
Various locations across Scotland, until Nov
A one-off screening of a raw and eye-opening film describing the scope of human existence, drawing on experiences of people in institutions.
Old Rose Garden, Queen's Park, Sat 19 Jul
A dazzling programme of aerial performances in a large-scale outdoor theatre, with over 200 entertainers.
Rottenrow Gardens, Sat 19 & Sun 20 Jul
A performance from Barrowland Ballet inspired by the Clyde and the people of Glasgow, with a 150-strong cast.
The Briggait, Sun 20 & Mon 21 Jul
Watch the Opening Ceremony in style with an evening of live music, special guests and delicious Scottish food and drink.
Glasgow Green Live Zone, Wed 23 Jul
Kelvingrove Bandstand Silent Cinema
Vist the beautiful, recently-restored Kelvingrove Bandstand for a special silent screening of the swashbuckling classic The Black Pirate starring Douglas Fairbanks, complete with live score.
Kelvingrove Bandstand, Fri 25 Jul
Dance the night away at the festival's late night club - a musical journey across the Commonwealth, programmed in association with Celtic Connections.
Old Fruitmarket, Wed 23 Jul–Sat 2 Aug
There are still tickets available for the Games themselves. Watch live sport at its most thrilling as competitors from 71 countries compete in 17 different sports.
14 venues in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Carnoustie, Wed 23 Jul–Sun 3 Aug
An exploration of Scotland's involvement in the North Atlantic slave trade, with contributions from leading artists including Jackie Kay.
The Briggait, Thu 24 Jul–Fri 1 Aug
Glasgow's annual cultural extravaganza returns for its 13th year with a special extended prorgamme as part of Festival 2014.
Various locations, Thu 24 Jul–Sun 3 Aug
Cargo, Camera... Action!
Glasgow Film takes over the River Clyde in an outdoor celebration of the city's heritage, set around and on the water.
Clyde Embankment, Sat 26 Jul
Taking place in quirky spaces, this festival celebrates vintage art, music and culture from across seven decades.
Various locations, Sat 26–Sun 27 Jul
Part of a wider programme aimed at getting everyone singing, regardless of experience (or talent!). This day of musical performance promises fun for all ages.
Glasgow Green Live Zone, Sun 27 Jul
Random Accomplice present a newsroom spoof that responds to the day's Commonwealth news. Expect something different each night.
The Arches, Tue 22 Jul–Sat 2 Aug
The stories of 20 different pianos are explored by the electronic musician and composer in a unique show.
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 2 Aug
Relive the highlights of the Games in this fantastic outdoor venue before a live screening of the Closing Ceremony.
Glasgow Green Live Zone, Sun 3 Aug
Join the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and a host of other live musicians for a sonic finale to the Games before watching the Closing Ceremony.
Kelvingrove Bandstand, Sun 3 Aug