Category Archives: Glasgow 2014

Welcome to Glasgow

We are absolutely loving People Make Glasgow’s fabulous video celebrating the city as the host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Haven’t seen it yet?  Take a look, it will totally make your day! And go on – get out and see glorious Glasgow during the Games.

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Let’s celebrate. Glasgow 2014 is here!

Hooray! The wait is over – it’s time to start the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

With so much happening across the city and blissful blue skies – surely it’s wrong to stay in. So if you fancy watching the opening ceremony, there’s still time to join a party happening across the city.

Glasgow Green Live Zone

Revel in the start of Commonwealth Games on the Glasgow Green Live Zone with thousands, including a few famous friends like LuLu, Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle and many more. And every seat is a good one with a MASSIVE screen revealing all. Tickets are £10-20 for this event. But there’s plenty of free fun and frolic happening on the Zone over the course of the Games too.

The Brunswick Stage

Brunswick Street StageGrab a bit to eat, get a drink and take in some live music before the Merchant City beams the Opening Ceremonies to their Brunswick Street screen. Free – but come early to claim your spot.

All around the ‘toon’

There’s quite literally something happening everywhere – check out screens across the many venues across the city like West Brewery Sloans and Drygate. And more!

 The Old Fruitmarket

Want to dance the night away? Get yourself to Old Fruitmarket to watch the opening ceremony and after enjoy live music from Boomerang – including 21 artists from around the world. Tickets (18+) are £10.

Join a party. Make your own party. Because wherever you celebrate, it’s going to be magical, unforgettable and with the added shine shine – even a little hot.

– B

Fun springs up in the most unusual places

Not long now until the city is transformed into the Glasgow 2014 sports extravaganza. Along with floods of athletes, unique arts events are popping up in the most unusual places.

 Look up, look down – and go with the flow

Discover Perch Carnival on 19 and 20 July. Involving aerial performers, an 86 strong orchestra and a cast of 200, this elevated performance promises to be spectacular. Get your tickets (£6 + £8 at the Arches.

There’s also lots of fab free fun like the Glasgow Film Theatre’s Cargo, Camera, ACTION. On 26 July join musicians, circus performers, artists and filmmakers on the banks of the Clyde for a cinematic take-over. Check out one of five performances happening – each featuring a different band. Tickets are free but you need to book.

River Event - Barrowland Ballet

The River. Picture credit: Frank McElhinney

Catch Barrowland Ballet’s The River on 20 and 21 July in the Briggait and down by the banks of the Clyde.

150 performers will take you on a beautiful journey through dance, live music and song. Tickets are also free but you need to book.

And these are only some of the many fun-filled arts escapades happening throughout the city alongside the Games. Check out Glasgow 2014 for a full look at all you could be getting up to over the next few weeks.

Enjoy!

– B

Silent Sunday – 22 June

Not long now…#Glasgow2014

The Big G - Glasgow 2014 countdown begins

Get involved in the Games – sports optional

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know the Commonwealth Games are coming to Glasgow this July.  But it’s not all about the sport, which reassures me.  Sport day brings back scary memories.

Something for all – even the non-sporties

In the run up to the Glasgow 2014, concerts, dances, shows and more will all take over the city. But if you fancy more than merely watching from the audience, now is the time to get involved.

Dance

Get involved in Barrowland Ballet's dancing - The RiverBarrowland Ballet is doing research for their project The River – an official Festival 2014 event that will be performed down by the Clyde.

I had a chance to take part, trying out different dances that will make up the final performance.  Getting out from behind my computer and dancing away with professionals was liberating.  And highly recommended.

They are currently looking for dancers to be involved in their 150 strong cast – and if you don’t want to dance, they’re looking for volunteers too.

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Another amazing  project is On Common Ground from the Citizens Theatre. First Nation storytellers from Manitoulin Island, Canada come together with a cast of over 150 Glaswegians to tell a story of community, family and the natural world.  It’s going to be magical so don’t miss out on getting involved – become one of their participants or volunteers.

Sing

If singing is more your thing, then Big Big Sing are inviting you to join in the joyous experience of singing with 1,000s of people on Glasgow Green 27 July. Their BIG Big Big Sing  is a  truly uplifting way to celebrate the Commonwealth Games.  All welcome – including first- time singers.

So go on – get involved in the Games your way!

-B