Festival 2018

Festival 2018 brings you the best in music, visual art, street art, dance, theatre, design adding to the celebrations around the 11 days of world-class sporting action!

Festival 2018

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GEORGE SQUARE
Glasgow’s iconic George Square will be the beating heart of Festival 2018 during Championships time, bringing a carnival atmosphere to the city centre through a programme of free events that will delight all ages and put Glasgow and Scotland’s renowned creativity in the spotlight.

Highlights include a special opening concert, spectacular evening events, international collaborations and all day family fun and play. Buzzing with activity, this will also be the place to relax with delicious Scottish food & drink while catching up with the day’s sporting action on the big screen.
Open daily throughout the Championships

MERCHANT CITY
Merchant City Festival, the centrepiece of Glasgow’s summer events calendar, is back for 2018 presenting the best in Scottish and international arts and entertainment, while showcasing the unique cultural and creative hub that is Glasgow’s Merchant City.

Expect street art, music, dance, design, film, comedy, carnival procession and activities for children & families alongside lively markets and a curated selection of street food. Prepare to be surprised and delighted!
Open 4 -5 Aug & 9-12 Aug.

GROUND BREAKING CULTURAL PARTNERSHIP
Festival 2018 will broaden access and engagement through a range of opportunities designed to enable venues and communities across Glasgow and national partner host authorities to get involved in the celebrations.

Through a ground-breaking cultural partnership between Glasgow and 2018 European Championships co-host Berlin, the cultural festival will highlight the creative scenes of both cities in a programme which is truly European in outlook.

Upcoming Events at Festival 2018

A Magical Summer at GoMA - Free family drop in workshops

A Magical Summer at GoMA - Free family drop in workshops

2nd July 2018 - 9th August 2018
GoMA are holding FREE family workshops with a supernatural theme as part of their magical summer programme!
Children’s Exhibition

Children’s Exhibition

7th July 2018 - 26th August 2018
The Children’s Exhibition at Tramway will introduce children to ideas and materials commonly used in contemporary art, through tactile experience, digital interaction, and movable shapes and forms.
Glasgow Kite Festival

Glasgow Kite Festival

22nd July 2018
Come along to Bellahouston Park on Sunday 22nd July and watch as the skies are filled with kites at the Glasgow Kite Festival!
Thriving Places - SEAL: Winning for Women

Thriving Places - SEAL: Winning for Women

24th July 2018
As part of Festival 2018, the Winning for Women programme for women and girls will focus on re-engaging local communities in new and creative ways!
Thriving Places - SEAL: Winning for Women

Thriving Places - SEAL: Winning for Women

31st July 2018
As part of Festival 2018, the Winning for Women programme for women and girls will focus on re-engaging local communities in new and creative ways!
Tontine Lane 2018

Tontine Lane 2018

1st August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Tontine Lane will again be transformed into an animated environment, offering the very best in Scottish street food and pop up dining, alongside art installations and cinematic projection!
Pivot

Pivot

1st August 2018 - 12th August 2018
From the amazing Australian artists who brought you Megaphones at Sonica 2017, Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey present Pivot, a playground of semi-intelligent talking seesaws!
European Championships Glasgow 2018

European Championships Glasgow 2018

1st August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Europe’s top athletes will compete in the inaugural European Championships – an exciting new multi-sport event being held in Glasgow in August 2018!
The Great Big Opening Party

The Great Big Opening Party

1st August 2018
Festival 2018 promises a summer of fun and a carnival of cultural activity and it all kicks off with The Great Big Opening Party in George Square on August 1st!
Festival 2018 at George Square

Festival 2018 at George Square

1st August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Glasgow’s iconic George Square will be the beating heart of Festival 2018 during the 2018 European Championships... come ready to play and explore!
Nevis Ensemble

Nevis Ensemble

1st August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Scotland's Street Orchestra, Nevis Ensemble, are coming to communities around Scotland as part of a two-week 70 date tour in conjunction with Festival 2018!
Generation Dance Festival: Letters to my Shadow

Generation Dance Festival: Letters to my Shadow

2nd August 2018 - 3rd August 2018
Generation Dance Festival is an exciting triple bill which brings together six intergenerational groups from across Scotland as part of Festival 2018!
New Order, Other Spaces - Jo Longhurst

New Order, Other Spaces - Jo Longhurst

2nd August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Part of a multi-site exhibition ‘New Order, Other Spaces’ explores the gymnastic body across photography, moving image and installation, presented in Glasgow and Perth.
Perform with Extraordinary Bodies

Perform with Extraordinary Bodies

2nd August 2018 - 5th August 2018
Don't miss a unique and exciting opportunity to perform with award-winning circus company, Extraordinary Bodies at this year's Merchant City Festival. Every body welcome!
Glasgow Pixilated

Glasgow Pixilated

2nd August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Glasgow Pixilated: A dynamic D fie foe Film, featuring pixilated young performers against a backdrop of iconic Glasgow architecture and landscapes.
GO LIVE! at the Green

GO LIVE! at the Green

2nd August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Glasgow Green will be a city hotspot during the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, bringing together sport, culture and entertainment to provide a daily programme of free to attend activities!
Life Drawing at the Pride House

Life Drawing at the Pride House

2nd August 2018
Join LEAP Sports Scotland and All The Young Nudes for a special life drawing event at Pride House Glasgow as part of Festival 2018!
Celebration of Cycling

Celebration of Cycling

2nd August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Celebrate all things cycling at the Riverside Museum this Summer as part of the Festival 2018 events programme!
The People’s Pianos

The People’s Pianos

2nd August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Pianos will be popping up across town at surprise locations as part of the Festival 2018 celebrations, they're there to play so pull up a chair and knock out a tune!
Festival 2018 at Strathclyde Park

Festival 2018 at Strathclyde Park

2nd August 2018
Over eight days, lots of free and fantastic activities will take place at Strathclyde Park as part of the Festival 2018 celebrations!
Mischief La Bas presents: The Sportables

Mischief La Bas presents: The Sportables

2nd August 2018 - 12th August 2018
'Sportables' is a comical collection of outdoor performances that showcase three unique sports and celebrate the maverick athletes at their heart!
Festival 2018: Berlin On Screen

Festival 2018: Berlin On Screen

2nd August 2018 - 12th August 2018
To celebrate Glasgow and Berlin’s co-hosting of the European Championships GFT will screen a selection of these classics, including Wings of Desire, Cabaret and more!
Portal

Portal

2nd August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Embark on an audiovisual adventure as multimedia artist Robbie Thomson and composer Alex Menzies transform the 762 metre-long walkway of the Clyde Tunnel into a sensory subterranean spectacle!
An Untold Story

An Untold Story

2nd August 2018
An Untold Story is a celebration of the history, heritage and future of Govan and Linthouse through a multi-art exhibition!
Pride House Glasgow

Pride House Glasgow

2nd August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Pride House Glasgow will host a mix of workshops, performances and exhibitions as part of Festival 2018 showcasing Scotland’s LGBTI community!
King Putt’s: Putting Holes In Happiness

King Putt’s: Putting Holes In Happiness

2nd August 2018 - 12th August 2018
King Putt's is a free, public, crazy golf course on a disused site in Glasgow's city centre popping up as part of the Merchant City Festival and Festival 2018!
Tetra-Decathlon

Tetra-Decathlon

2nd August 2018 - 4th August 2018
A funny and inspiring look at what it takes to be a serious amateur, Tetra-Decathlon celebrates coming last, and then coming back for more!
An Untold Story

An Untold Story

3rd August 2018
An Untold Story is a celebration of the history, heritage and future of Govan and Linthouse through a multi-art exhibition!
Africeilidh

Africeilidh

3rd August 2018 - 5th August 2018
Africelidh at The African Arts Centre, Ibrox, is a family-oriented 3-day arts and culture festival celebrating diversity in Glasgow!
The People Unite

The People Unite

3rd August 2018 - 4th August 2018
Festival 2018: The people of Glasgow will celebrate and honour the people of Berlin by building a Berlin landmark on a massive scale in cardboard at Glasgow Green!
Janice Kerbel ‘Sink’

Janice Kerbel ‘Sink’

3rd August 2018
Part of Festival 2018, 'Sink' is a major new artwork by artist Janice Kerbel, in the form of a synchronised swimming routine for women!
Festival 2018 at Strathclyde Park

Festival 2018 at Strathclyde Park

3rd August 2018
Over eight days, lots of free and fantastic activities will take place at Strathclyde Park as part of the Festival 2018 celebrations!
What Gives Me Strength

What Gives Me Strength

3rd August 2018
‘What Gives Me Strength’ fuses a soundtrack of words and music into a dynamic piece of ensemble theatre celebrating resilience and hope!
Festival 2018 at Strathclyde Park

Festival 2018 at Strathclyde Park

4th August 2018
Over eight days, lots of free and fantastic activities will take place at Strathclyde Park as part of the Festival 2018 celebrations!
Makers Space

Makers Space

4th August 2018 - 5th August 2018
Makers Space in Merchant Square is a celebration of making led by some of Glasgow’s finest designers! Come and lose yourself in the awesome world of design!
Anti-Apathy Ambassadors

Anti-Apathy Ambassadors

4th August 2018 - 5th August 2018
The Anti-Apathy Ambassadors, helping the Human Race to Affectionately, Amusingly and Awesomely Actualize their Abilities, return to the Merchant City Festival for a fourth year!
Sharmanka’s St Mungo Walk and Multicultural Performances

Sharmanka’s St Mungo Walk and Multicultural Performances

4th August 2018
A guided walk with storytelling celebrating Glasgow both past and present will take you to Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre for some multicultural poetry and songs!
Glasgow through the Decades: A Photography Walking Tour

Glasgow through the Decades: A Photography Walking Tour

4th August 2018
Glasgow through the Decades is a walking tour of the hidden past and present of the inner East of Glasgow’ as depicted by some leading documentary photographers.
Merchant City Festival Carnival Procession

Merchant City Festival Carnival Procession

4th August 2018
Join us for an extra special Festival 2018 Carnival Procession and watch the streets of Glasgow come alive with local and international performers and community groups!
Merchant City Festival Markets

Merchant City Festival Markets

4th August 2018
Explore eclectic markets offering a range of amazing crafts, gifts, and foods from around the globe at this year's Merchant City Festival Markets!
Get Snapping!

Get Snapping!

4th August 2018
Bring along your favourite Glasgow 2018 - or Festival 2018 - related photo on a digital camera, phone or tablet and you could win a prize!
The Encontro Street Band Festival

The Encontro Street Band Festival

4th August 2018 - 5th August 2018
Now in its second year, The Encontro Street Band Festival is a spectacular weekend-long celebration of street band music!
Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair

4th August 2018 - 5th August 2018
Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair bring their carefully curated vintage market to the Old Fruitmarket on August 4th & 5th as part of Festival 2018!
Jamie Crewe: Rustic Prologue

Jamie Crewe: Rustic Prologue

4th August 2018
Rustic Prologue is an evening of animation, film, and reading programmed by Glasgow based artist Jamie Crewe at Tramway Glasgow as part of Festival 2018!
Samara Scott Exhibition

Samara Scott Exhibition

4th August 2018 - 28th August 2018
For her first exhibition in a public institution in Scotland, Samara Scott has created a large site specific installation in response to Tramway’s main gallery.
Mischief La Bas presents: Happy Birthday Mr. Mackintosh

Mischief La Bas presents: Happy Birthday Mr. Mackintosh

4th August 2018 - 5th August 2018
Glasgow-based street theatre company Mischief La Bas brings Charles Rennie Mackintosh back to life in this, the year of his 150th birthday!
Dyptik present D-Construction

Dyptik present D-Construction

4th August 2018 - 5th August 2018
Presented by Dyptik in South Brunswick Street, D-Construction is an ultra energetic hip-hop dance performance with a powerful beat and an oriental twist!
People Pavilion and the Strength in Unity Choir - Performance

People Pavilion and the Strength in Unity Choir - Performance

4th August 2018 - 5th August 2018
Ailie Rutherford and Laurence Payot will surprise audiences in unexpected public spaces with a mobile architecture and walking, singing sculpture: People Pavilion!
Glasgow Walking Lunch

Glasgow Walking Lunch

4th August 2018
Travel through 1,000 years of the Glasgow story with food and travel writer Andrea Pearson as she leads you on a guided tour to unearth the city's past, enjoying edible illustrations along the way!
Festival 2018 at Strathclyde Park

Festival 2018 at Strathclyde Park

5th August 2018
Over eight days, lots of free and fantastic activities will take place at Strathclyde Park as part of the Festival 2018 celebrations!
Merchant City Festival Markets

Merchant City Festival Markets

5th August 2018
Explore eclectic markets offering a range of amazing crafts, gifts, and foods from around the globe at this year's Merchant City Festival Markets!
Get Snapping!

Get Snapping!

5th August 2018
Bring along your favourite Glasgow 2018 - or Festival 2018 - related photo on a digital camera, phone or tablet and you could win a prize!
The Sloans Opera - Glasgow 2018 Edition

The Sloans Opera - Glasgow 2018 Edition

6th August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Returning for a fourth year, the critically acclaimed sell out success – The Sloans Opera! Experience opera like you've never seen it before!
What Gives Me Strength

What Gives Me Strength

6th August 2018
‘What Gives Me Strength’ fuses a soundtrack of words and music into a dynamic piece of ensemble theatre celebrating resilience and hope!
Community Engagement Day

Community Engagement Day

6th August 2018
A day for the community to get together and share and grow together is being held at Townhead Village Halls on Monday 6th August!
An Untold Story

An Untold Story

6th August 2018
An Untold Story is a celebration of the history, heritage and future of Govan and Linthouse through a multi-art exhibition!
The Night With... Wooden Elephant

The Night With... Wooden Elephant

7th August 2018
The Night With... Wooden Elephant presents totally acoustic versions of Björk’s Homogenic and Radiohead's Kid A. Both reimagined for string quintet and a variety of miscellaneous objects.
Strong Lady

Strong Lady

7th August 2018 - 10th August 2018
A genuine strong woman, Betty Brawn presents an elegant array of feats of strength: she breaks things, lifts men overhead as if they were feathers, and gives your laughing muscles a workout!
Tell Us Who We Are

Tell Us Who We Are

7th August 2018
For the first time, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, Scottish Youth Theatre and YDance collaborate to present this new commission for Festival 2018!
An Untold Story

An Untold Story

7th August 2018
An Untold Story is a celebration of the history, heritage and future of Govan and Linthouse through a multi-art exhibition!
Thriving Places - SEAL: Winning for Women

Thriving Places - SEAL: Winning for Women

7th August 2018
As part of Festival 2018, the Winning for Women programme for women and girls will focus on re-engaging local communities in new and creative ways!
Rotate Generate

Rotate Generate

7th August 2018 - 9th August 2018
Rotate Generate is Paragon's new inclusive live music and dance piece involving disabled and non-disabled dancers and musicians.
Barrowland Ballads: Backstage at the Ballroom

Barrowland Ballads: Backstage at the Ballroom

7th August 2018 - 8th August 2018
Join the artists of Recollective for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour the world-famous Barrowland Ballroom as part of Festival 2018!
Torrance Cycling and Walking Family Fun Day

Torrance Cycling and Walking Family Fun Day

8th August 2018
Enjoy a fun filled day of free walking and cycling related activities at Woodhill Park and then cheer-on Europe’s premier cycling talent as they pass through Torrance!
An Untold Story

An Untold Story

8th August 2018
An Untold Story is a celebration of the history, heritage and future of Govan and Linthouse through a multi-art exhibition!
Celebration Hub

Celebration Hub

8th August 2018
Enjoy a day of celebration with lots of free family activities at Bishopbriggs Community Hub as Europe’s elite road cyclists pass by as they take part in the Glasgow 2018 Cycling Time Trial!
Merchant City Festival Markets

Merchant City Festival Markets

9th August 2018
Explore eclectic markets offering a range of amazing crafts, gifts, and foods from around the globe at this year's Merchant City Festival Markets!
Family Afternoon Fun!

Family Afternoon Fun!

9th August 2018 - 10th August 2018
Merchant City Festival teams up with Edinburgh International Children’s Festival to present performances and hands-on arts activities as part of Festival 2018!
The Kit Kat Club Cabaret at Blackfriars

The Kit Kat Club Cabaret at Blackfriars

9th August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Comedy, magic, burlesque and so much more, at the best, most glamorous party in town... The Kit Kat Club Cabaret at Blackfriars!
Get Snapping!

Get Snapping!

9th August 2018
Bring along your favourite Glasgow 2018 - or Festival 2018 - related photo on a digital camera, phone or tablet and you could win a prize!
When We Cried Confetti

When We Cried Confetti

9th August 2018 - 10th August 2018
When We Cried Confetti is a dance performance about the fear of being forgotten, the fun we're obliged to have at parties and the awkwardness that really should remain hidden at a good party.
Super Night Shot

Super Night Shot

9th August 2018
Presented by National Theatre of Scotland and Gob Squad, Super Night Shot is a magical journey through the night time streets of Glasgow!
Family Storytime: Captain Brave

Family Storytime: Captain Brave

9th August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Family Storytime is an interactive performance for 3 to 7 year olds and the whole family at Scottish Youth Theatre!
POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)

POP-UP Duets (fragments of love)

9th August 2018 - 10th August 2018
POP-UP Duets will 'pop up' at the Merchant City Festival this August surprising and delighting those that seek them out as well as the ‘accidental audience’!
Urban Astronaut

Urban Astronaut

9th August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Urban Astronaut is a walkabout piece and physical performance exploring the environmental issue of air pollution, catch it as part of the Festival 2018 celebrations!
Civic Canteen

Civic Canteen

9th August 2018 - 12th August 2018
The Civic Canteen tent at Festival 2018 will host a series of special workshops and events, all of which have the shared goal of using delicious food as a vehicle to promote cultural exchange!
Festival 2018 at Strathclyde Park

Festival 2018 at Strathclyde Park

9th August 2018
Over eight days, lots of free and fantastic activities will take place at Strathclyde Park as part of the Festival 2018 celebrations!
An Untold Story

An Untold Story

9th August 2018
An Untold Story is a celebration of the history, heritage and future of Govan and Linthouse through a multi-art exhibition!
The Sedate

The Sedate

10th August 2018
Festival 2018: Witness the hypnotic distortions of female quartet Stasis featuring electronic mix by artist Ailie Ormston!
Hip Replacement

Hip Replacement

10th August 2018
Back by popular demand, Hip Replacement is the club night where you can dance like your dad and nobody cares!
Festival 2018 at Strathclyde Park

Festival 2018 at Strathclyde Park

10th August 2018
Over eight days, lots of free and fantastic activities will take place at Strathclyde Park as part of the Festival 2018 celebrations!
Paul Towndrow & The Keywork Orchestra - Deepening The RIver

Paul Towndrow & The Keywork Orchestra - Deepening The RIver

10th August 2018 - 11th August 2018
Jazz saxophonist and composer Paul Towndrow leads a new and exciting multi-genre Big Band in his newly composed suite of music celebrating our city, its people, its culture and its potential!
Merchant City Festival Markets

Merchant City Festival Markets

10th August 2018
Explore eclectic markets offering a range of amazing crafts, gifts, and foods from around the globe at this year's Merchant City Festival Markets!
Get Snapping!

Get Snapping!

10th August 2018
Bring along your favourite Glasgow 2018 - or Festival 2018 - related photo on a digital camera, phone or tablet and you could win a prize!
An Untold Story

An Untold Story

10th August 2018
An Untold Story is a celebration of the history, heritage and future of Govan and Linthouse through a multi-art exhibition!
Children’s Classic Concerts: Soundcycle

Children’s Classic Concerts: Soundcycle

10th August 2018
Children’s Classic Concerts’ Essential Orchestra and presenter Owen Gunnell are stepping up to the podium for a celebration of top tunes, sporting fun and medal-winning performances!
Orbital

Orbital

10th August 2018
Electro legends Orbital will provide a spectacular live performance to around 3000 people right in the heart of Glasgow as part of Festival 2018!
1,210km

1,210km

10th August 2018 - 11th August 2018
Award winning young performance companies, Junction 25 from Glasgow and Theater an der Parkaue from Berlin have joined forces for the first time to create a new show, 1,210km.
Family Ceilidh

Family Ceilidh

11th August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Musicians from the award winning Celtic Connections Participation Programme will host two family ceilidhs at Merchant Square as part of Festival 2018!
An Untold Story

An Untold Story

11th August 2018
An Untold Story is a celebration of the history, heritage and future of Govan and Linthouse through a multi-art exhibition!
Big Summer Get Together

Big Summer Get Together

11th August 2018
Come along to The Hidden Gardens on August 11th for a very special end of Summer Community Celebration!
Belhaven Stage at the Tron

Belhaven Stage at the Tron

11th August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Soak up the sounds of the Seven Song Club this summer as Fox Star records programme the Tron’s outdoor stage as part of the cultural celebrations for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships!
Festival 2018 at Strathclyde Park

Festival 2018 at Strathclyde Park

11th August 2018
Over eight days, lots of free and fantastic activities will take place at Strathclyde Park as part of the Festival 2018 celebrations!
Dance Along Trolls

Dance Along Trolls

11th August 2018
Festival 2018: Join Dance HQ at the Old Fruitmarket for a family-friendly screening of Trolls that will have you dancing in the aisles – literally!
Merchant City Festival Markets

Merchant City Festival Markets

11th August 2018
Explore eclectic markets offering a range of amazing crafts, gifts, and foods from around the globe at this year's Merchant City Festival Markets!
Get Snapping!

Get Snapping!

11th August 2018
Bring along your favourite Glasgow 2018 - or Festival 2018 - related photo on a digital camera, phone or tablet and you could win a prize!
Music Moments Festival

Music Moments Festival

11th August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Osborne Street will be the home of the Music Moments Festival two jam-packed days of music on the 11th - 12th of August as part of Festival 2018 and the European Championships!
Surge Festival

Surge Festival

11th August 2018 - 12th August 2018
Surge Festival returns to Glasgow as part of the Merchant City Festival and Festival 2018 with a host of spectacular street theatre!
Merchant City Festival Markets

Merchant City Festival Markets

12th August 2018
Explore eclectic markets offering a range of amazing crafts, gifts, and foods from around the globe at this year's Merchant City Festival Markets!
Get Snapping!

Get Snapping!

12th August 2018
Bring along your favourite Glasgow 2018 - or Festival 2018 - related photo on a digital camera, phone or tablet and you could win a prize!
Festival 2018 at Strathclyde Park

Festival 2018 at Strathclyde Park

12th August 2018
Over eight days, lots of free and fantastic activities will take place at Strathclyde Park as part of the Festival 2018 celebrations!

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