Family activities during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games
A series of interactive sport, music, dance, art and craft workshops planned including the Big Big BIG Sing and Get Scotland Dancing
With music, theatre, art, dance and more all crammed into Glasgow’s Commonwealth cultural celebrations, it’s tempting to sit back, observe and absorb as a passive spectator. But get out there and get involved as an active participant, and you’ll be sure to have a far more memorable experience.
It’s not as if there’s any lack of choice – for all talents, and all ages. Even if you’ve never sung before, you’ll be welcome at the Big Big BIG Sing at Glasgow Green Live Zone on Sun 27 July. It’s a full-day event, from 8am to 9pm, and the culmination of a UK-wide singing project throughout 2014, with sessions teaching different singing styles (from Gaelic to Indian to beatboxing), hits from the musicals, and a grand get-everyone-involved singalong of popular classics and Commonwealth songs.
For any budding dancers – again, previous experience not expected – Get Scotland Dancing has three days of free performances, workshops and throw-yourself-in ceilidhs on Fri 1 to Sun 3 August at Merchant Square. And for the ceilidh to end all ceilidhs, head to Glasgow Green on Sun 3 August for a huge celebration in the run-up to the Games’ closing ceremony.
For something a little less boisterous, The Shed, also on Glasgow Green, will put you in the capable hands of Scottish makers and designers and allow you to get involved in jewellery-making, printing, painting and upcycling discarded treasures, and you’re invited to lose yourself in Laberint II, a maze of coloured walls and crossroads that takes over South Brunswick Street from Tuesday 29 to Thursday 31 July (pictured).
Kids can sing, dance, paint and upcycle too, of course, but they’ve got their own zone near The People’s Palace, called The Wee House, from Sat 26 July to Sun 3 August, with immersive theatre (fancy getting swallowed by a whale?), circus, storytelling and even a show in an ice-cream van. And taking the celebrations back to their sporting roots, the Back Garden at Glasgow Green Live Zone allows youngsters to try out everything from judo to hockey, as well as getting their speed and accuracy scientifically tested.
Various venues, Wed 23 July–Sun 3 Aug