Festival 2018 programme includes a splashmob, percussive bicycle orchestra and installations in railway tunnels
- Rowena McIntosh
- 1 December 2017
Cultural festival accompanying the Glasgow 2018 European Championships invests £750,000 in Scottish artists and organisations
In August 2018 Glasgow co-hosts the inaugural European Championships with Berlin. Around 3,000 of Europe's elite athletes will come to Scotland to compete in cycling, gymnastics, golf, rowing, triathlon and aquatics across 11 days. Running alongside the sporting action is Festival 2018, a cultural celebration featuring 34 different artists and organisations across ten different artforms.
Festival 2018 has invested £750,000 in Scottish artists in order to showcase and celebrate Scotland's cultural brilliance, to be enjoyed by athletes, spectators and residents. The Festival 2018 programme engages with sport in a host of creative ways, welcomes diversity and inclusivity and celebrates Scotland's themed year, the Year of Young people, with events created by and for the younger generation.
Dance highlights of the programme include Dance Base's Bonnies' Splashmob, a child-friendly flashmob inspired by synchronised swimming and the official Glasgow 2018 mascot Bonnie the seal (step aside please Clyde). Project X Collective's Tales of Our City is influenced by gymnastics, Indepen-dance present a programme featuring two works devised by young disabled people and adults of mixed abilities and Scottish Ballet partner with YDance to present Generation Dance, an intergenerational dance event designed by and for young and older dancers and inspired by the theme Where We Are.
The Velophonic Orchestra host a participative music event that blurs the lines between art and sport, with the aim of creating a spontaneous percussive bicycle orchestra to celebrate the Glasgow 2018 cycling events. Children's Classic Concerts are also fusing cycling and music, with a contemporary composition using bike sounds created by all-age community participants in a workshop programme. Also in the festival's music programme Glasgow Music Studios host the Music Moment Project, a live music festival run by and for young people, and 40-piece orchestra the Nevis Ensemble get ambitious with 70 performances.
Resident at Sloan's Bar, NOISE give four performances of existing productions alongside offsite performances of two new operas commissioned for Festival 2018, including one by Mercury Music Prize nominated C Duncan. There is also opera courtesy of Scottish Opera, with a new piece for family audiences using the sports of the Championships to promote a message of health and wellbeing.
Theatre in the Festival 2018 programme includes Orographic, a new outdoor performance from leading physical theatre performance troupe Oceanallover that fuses other worldly choreography, live music and sculptural costume design inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh's landscape paintings and humankind's relationship to mountains. Mischief La-Bas present city-wide theatrical interventions that celebrate the mavericks competing in three unconventional (and fictional) sports, such as Sponge Wrestling, while Ignite Theatre present What Gives Me Strength, a piece exploring resilience and hope.
Cryptic invite audiences into an underground networks of railway and service tunnels hidden beneath the streets of Glasgow, where they can experience multisensory installations and live performances. Kenny Bean's Reflections from Past Light invites young people to create photo-inspired artworks in response to the heritage, history and current Strathclyde Park site. And Project Ability present a group art exhibition with artists from Project Ability and an arts group working in St Hedwig-Krankenhaus psychiatric hospital in Berlin.
Other highlights include; D fie foe Productions' Glasgow Pixelated, a pixilated film created with choreographed movement, in front of and in-tandem with iconic Glasgow buildings; Fèis Phàislig's ceilidh trail for young musicians aged 16–25; Horsecross Arts' New Order, Other Spaces, which explores the history of gymnastics in Scotland and life-long wellness; and pop-up space Pride House, with a programme of cultural events and activities relating to sport, equality, LGBTQI and human rights.
Festival 2018, Various venues, Scotland, 2–12 August 2018.