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A taste of what's to come

There will be lots more information to follow about the programme and events that will bring Scotland and Glasgow to life. Here’s a peak at some of what’s already been confirmed.

Get Dancin' - The One Hundreds community dancers rehearsing with Scottish Ballet dancer Sophie Laplane. Photography by Andrew RossWould you like to try a free dance class? Get Dancin' offers opportunities to try a free class at local dance centres across Scotland, to those who have never taken part in  a dance class before, or haven't for at least three years.Dancing is fun, a great way to meet people and really good exercise. The first free classes take place from 19 to 26 January 2014, and are run in partnership with the Royal Academy of Dance. As part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, Get Dancin’ is a national initiative from the hugely successful Get Scotland Dancing, which encourages more people to get active and participate in dance. To find out how to Get Dancin', go to For more information on Get Scotland Dancing, visit




GRIT (© BJ Stewart)GRIT is an ambitious new multi-form, site-specific, international collaborative theatre production based on the inspiring life and music of one of Scotland's most innovative, pioneering and influential musicians, Martyn Bennett. Multi-award winning Director, Cora Bissett (Olivier Award winning RoadKill/ Whatever Gets You Through the Night and hit new political musical Glasgow Girls) and one of Scotland's most provocative and urgent playwrighting voices Kieran Hurley will work with a team of International and Scottish Dance, circus and theatre artists including Canada's renowned choreographer Dana Gringas (Animals of Distinction) and the world renowned technical Director of Cirque Du Soliel, Andrew Watson to create a truly cross-form total theatre experience. GRIT is produced by Pachamama Productions in an association with Tramway and Mull Theatre. It will be staged firstly in Tramway One then in a unique Midsummer weekend in Mull. 


Journeys to GlasgowCelebrating the nation's comedy storytelling abilities, Janey Godley will tour to far-flung corners of Scotland, delivering her own show and gathering stories and images as she goes in Journeys to Glasgow. These will be celebrated during Festival 2014 with comedy bus tours utilising a vintage Bedford classic bus, stand up shows featuring Scottish and Commonwealth artists, a dedicated YouTube channel and a soundslides film of the journey. Janey Godley is a multi-award-winning Scottish comedienne, playwright, award winning blogger, best-selling author and former Scotsman newspaper columnist. She will be joined by her daughter, the actress and stand-up Ashley Storrie throughout the project.




Perch (Photo credit: Anna Robertson)A spectacular global performance on multiple stages. High above streets in three countries - Scotland, Australia, and Brazil - Perch delivers aerial theatre, street theatre, community participation, choirs, orchestras and media broadcast. An international collaboration from Conflux, Legs On The Wall, Lume Teatro, and composer Stephen Deazley, Perch will grow from small musical and theatrical interventions in each country to a spectacular finale in Glasgow. Audiences experience aerialists overhead while street performers mingle amongst them. An orchestra performs a live score and buildings are transformed before one's very eyes, while performances are screened live from Australia and Brazil.

(Photo credit: Anna Robertson)



A major new film by renowned international artist Phil Collins will be presented at a unique outdoor screening event accompanied by a specially commissioned live Phil Collinsmusical score on the site of the former bandstand in Queen’s Park on the Southside of Glasgow during Festival 2014.  Fusing fantasy and reality, he will draw on a range of stories, characters and images collected by him from Glasgow, to create a unique, surprising and highly original new vision of the city at its most international, through the eyes of an artist who has been both resident and visitor. Commissioned by The Common Guild.




Blueblock Studio (Photo credit: Neil Thomas Douglas)Blueblock Studio
is an interactive pop up space for children aged 4 and under and their parents and carers to take part in and enjoy creative play and storytelling. Led by artist Katy Wilson and produced by Starcatchers, a pioneering organisation which specialises in performances and creativity for babies, toddlers and young children, Blueblock Studio will visit communities across Scotland from May 2014 and be at Tramway as part of Festival 2014. In the morning, creative play sessions will encourage parents and babies to explore, move and interact with large, colourful geometric shapes, animations, instruments, lighting and sounds in the space. In the afternoons, a storytelling performance for 2-4 years olds based on Who's Calling written by Kenyan author Charity Waciuma will take place.

(Photo credit: Neil Thomas Douglas)

Big Big Sing Big Big Sing
is a nationwide celebration of singing produced by Glasgow UNESCO City of Music. It will inspire thousands of people to sign up and get singing in the lead up to and during Games Time. Kicking off this Autumn, Big Big Sing will provide a wide range of opportunities to participate in the Cultural Programme. With the Big Seven Community Choirs across Scotland, a range of live Song Stages in and around Glasgow, and a free Song Book of newly commissioned songs available anywhere, there will be every reason to join in and get singing. There’ll also be a massed singing event in Glasgow, and an online choir combining singers and songs from around the Commonwealth. No experience is required to take part. A new national framework of information and training will underpin Big Big Sing. To get involved, visit



International Artist Initiated (© Max Slaven)David Dale Gallery, an artist-led voluntary organisation, will work with several artist initiated projects across the six Commonwealth territories to produce an ambitious programme taking place during the Games. The programme will utilise the organisation's premises and other surrounding spaces within Glasgow's east end. International Artist Initiated will incorporate visual art exhibitions, public art, music, events, and publications. Each group will be invited to present a proposal, which responds to the context of the Commonwealth Games within Glasgow, and is representative or indicative of contemporary culture within their nation through the lens of artist-led organisation. Since 2010, David Dale Gallery has developed an innovative programme of contemporary visual art and has a growing reputation within Scotland, nationally and internationally. The organisation also provides studio spaces for practicing contemporary visual artists and designers. 


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