Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games committee launch Festival 2014 cultural line-up

By Culture24 Reporter | 17 July 2013

The cultural side of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will create community sing-alongs, a global circus linking Scotland to Australia and Brazil, a comedy parodying the efforts of organisers and an interactive pop-up space for infants.

A photo of a man playing a flute in a park surrounded by ebullient children
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Officially launching the festival under a logo designed by artist Jim Lambie, leaders initiated a One Year to Go countdown, with towns and communities encouraged to join a variety of events tying in with the Queen’s Baton Relay building up to the Games.

The core line-up, Festival 2014, is expected to fill the streets and stages of the city from July 19 to August 3 next year.

“Glasgow and Scotland are on a global stage,” said Eileen Gallagher, the Director of the Glasgow 2014 Board and Chair of the Ceremonies.

“Our best artists and performers are about to showcase the very finest of Scottish and Commonwealth culture to the world.

“As we count down the days to Glasgow 2014, the entire nation can celebrate and be part of the Games with an ambitious programme of performance and entertainment which will touch every corner of Scotland.

“Then as all eyes turn to Glasgow, the city will burst into life with a massive celebration.”

An exhibition, Generation, will champion 25 years of contemporary art in a city famous for its precocious talent. Scottish artist Ruth Ewan will also work with local communities in the east end of the city to turn a disused site into a permanent public artwork and play area.

Elements of aerial theatre, choirs and orchestras will form Perch, a performance on stages towering above Scotland, Australia and Brazil, and News Just In, set in the fictional media office of Glasgow 2014, will poke fun at the challenges of organising the campaign in a work of live theatre indebted to Drop the Dead Donkey.

There are two important touring projects: Blueblock Studio will host storytelling performances across the country for under-4s under the guidance of artist Katy Wilson, and theatre maker Tam Dean Burn will criss-cross the land in a storytelling marathon by bike.

Janet Archer, of Creative Scotland, predicted the fesitvals would be “incredible.”

“Today is just the beginning of a programme that is an integral part of the Commonwealth Games,” she added.

“It is a truly national celebration that shines a light on our artists, our culture, our creativity, our communities and our places.”

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