Forty-two new projects have been announced today (Thursday January 30) as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.
The new announcements include more than 800 children from across Scotland taking part in two family classical music concerts, films inspired by true stories of journeys of Shetlanders on ships made on the Clyde, and new light being shed on some of Glasgow’s forgotten architectural gems.
Scotland's first International Inclusive Dance Festival, Nicola Benedetti leading the cream of Scotland’s orchestras, classical musicians and ensembles in a Classical Music Marathon, and work in the programmes of some of Scotland’s leading Festivals are also among the projects announced today.
The newly announced projects join an unprecedented nationwide programme of activity featuring new work created by world-leading and emerging Scottish and international artists in response to the country’s hosting of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and our relationship with the Commonwealth.
Aiming to enhance the Games experience for Scotland’s communities, spectators and visitors as well as presenting the best of Scotland’s culture alongside that of the Commonwealth, the Cultural Programme includes almost 200 projects and exhibitions and over 800 events involving thousands of artists, performers and participants, across hundreds of locations and venues the length and breadth of Scotland.
Covering theatre, dance, music, visual arts, comedy and digital media; small scale indoor shows and outdoor spectaculars; work on bicycles and by rivers; in theatres, community centres, botanic gardens, art galleries, cinemas, public spaces and much more, audiences can expect everything from the intimate to the epic, the intense and life-affirming. Stories will be told of individual lives and communities, special places and moments in time.
Events are now coming to life, with performances and opportunities to participate starting across the country, including premieres of New Music Biennial commissions at Celtic Connections, the call for entries for 9.88 Films inviting filmmakers to create a 10 second film and Authors Live Gaelic storytelling events for schools this January; Big Big Sing Days in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow in February; the world premiere of award winning choreographer Janice Parker’s Glory, and free dance classes across Scotland with Get Dancin’ in March.
The first performance of Boomerang will take place at WOMAD in New Zealand, also in March, as part of the programme’s wide ranging international reach, which sees Scottish artists working with creative partners across the Commonwealth, including simultaneous performances in Australia, Brazil and Glasgow for Perch in July.
Over the coming months, the momentum of the programme is set to build as more projects across Scotland are announced and the journey towards the Games accelerates.
In the meantime, as detailed programme information is becoming available, these are being added at www.glasgow2014/culture where there is also the opportunity to sign up to receive regular updates. Join the conversation #Culture2014 @culture2014
This ambitious and accessible cultural celebration has developed through a unique collaboration between the performers and artists, Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Creative Scotland and Glasgow Life.
NEW additions to the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme announced today are:
Marrying the north-east’s reputation for ‘four seasons in one day’ with Vivaldi’s most famous score, internationally renowned choreographers and community dance artists Royston Maldoom and Tamara McLorg will join young people from Aberdeenshire to create a new dance performance, The Four Seasons.
A major season of South African works at the Edinburgh International Festival; two exemplary pieces of work from Australia touring to venues across Scotland as part of Imaginate Festival; GastroFest a mini-festival of the science of food and drink at Edinburgh International Science Festival; and Fringe directors and organisers from across the world coming together at the World Fringe Congress during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are the first projects taking place at Edinburgh’s Festivals in 2014 to be confirmed as part of the Cultural Programme.
A host of performers from countries including India, Pakistan, Cyprus and Sri Lanka will join the Glasgow Mela as it returns to the city for its 24th consecutive year on 7 and 8 June. Kelvingrove Park’s historic bandstand will be introduced to the Mela for the first time following its £2 million revamp.
The unknown and forgotten architectural gems of Glasgow will be shown in a new light through a Director’s Programme of artists’ commissions for Glasgow International.
Commonwealth themed strands run throughout Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival including the Future News Conference for young journalists and sessions on sport, international authors and independence & Empire. Schools will also join in Commonwealth literary fun and learning at this year’s Wee Write!
Enjoy Stand-up comedy, with a Commonwealth edge this March at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival with Commonwealth Stands Up.
A season of some of the most exciting, spectacular, moving and downright clever contemporary dance and performance from Australia will feature in Hot at Tramway with artists including Dalisa Pigram and Koen Augusttijnen (les ballets C de la B), Lucy Guerin and Tamara Saulwick.
Intimate family photographic portraits exploring Scotland’s links to the Commonwealth countries, a celebration of the National Birds that represent the Commonwealth nations and territories, and a series of audio installations in public consisting of different spoken dialogues, broadcast from horn speakers hanging across telegraph wires in 14 different locations are among the new work being created for projects led by 20 individual artists in 20 for 14 inspired by the unique cultural, social, political and historical contexts of the Commonwealth and Glasgow’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games.
More than 800 children from around Scotland are being brought together by the National Youth Choir of Scotland and Children’s Classic Concerts, with the RSNO and RSNO junior chorus for celebratory family concerts in Dundee and Glasgow this May called Going For Gold.
For the Classical Marathon Day, Nicola Benedetti leads the cream of Scotland’s orchestras, classical musicians and ensembles in one amazing day of music in Glasgow this July. Beginning at mid-day, the event will climax with the amazing sound of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra joining forces to create a mega-orchestra. During the day Nicola Benedetti will perform three concerts with different orchestras. Produced by Glasgow UNESCO City of Music the day will also include The Dunedin Consort, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Hebrides Ensemble and NYOS Futures, Red Note Ensemble and Scottish Ensemble.
A series of events returning to the traditions of a ceilidh co-hosted by Gaelic artists and artists from Commonwealth Cultures are taking place as part of Ceilidh Comhla. One of the first events will take place at GalGael traditional boat building centre in Govan with more locations to be announced soon.
Six unique souvenirs inspired by Scotland's hosting of the Commonwealth Games are being produced by leading artists and designers working in collaboration with Scottish manufacturers in a collaboration led by independent curators Panel for Scotland Can Make It!
For A Breath of Fresh AIR, a new woodland park is being created in Glasgow for East End communities as part of a significant Legacy 2014 project hosted by Forestry Commission Scotland and will include new work created through two artist’s residencies.
Scottish Print Network’s international residency programme Below another sky has enabled artists from Scotland, including Claire Barclay and Scott Myles, to travel to Antigua, Canada, India, Malawi and New Zealand; artists from Australia, Canada, India and Pakistan will be on residency in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.
A new film inspired by historical aerial photography of Commonwealth countries gathered throughout the second half of the twentieth century by the Directorate of Overseas Survey, Creating a Vision of the Commonwealth, will be made by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and the Scottish Documentary Institute.
Scotland's first International Inclusive Dance Festival Gathered Together 2014 will be hosted by Indepen-dance at Tramway in August as part of a European-wide initiative.
The HA Orchestra will be a melting pot of African music from all the different regions of Africa and its diaspora brought together by Pan African Arts Scotland which aims to tap into a vast unexplored treasure of musical cultural experiences and values.
Emancipation Jam will mark the importance of Emancipation Day at four venues in Glasgow’s Merchant City, the area with the strongest historical links to the slave trade. The project is produced through a partnership between Scots Jamaican musician, poet and community activist Graham Campbell and former MSP and graduate of the RSAMD Anne McLaughlin.
In Ebb Tide, film makers and musicians in Shetland will work with the Shetland Moving Image Archive to create new films inspired by the stories, journeys, imagery and artefacts of Shetlanders who voyaged overseas on ships made on the Clyde. Those films will be toured around Shetland and will be screened on the Tall Ship in Glasgow in July.
There are two strands to the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme: a Scotland-wide programme called Culture 2014; and a Games-time celebration in Glasgow running alongside the sporting action called Festival 2014.
Festival 2014 will transform the city from 19 July to 3 August with an invigorating mix of entertainment, culture and enjoyment filling the streets, spaces and stages of Glasgow.
The highlight of Festival 2014 will be three specially created Live Zones, one at Glasgow Green, one in the Merchant City and a third at Kelvingrove Bandstand. Here you will be able to experience the buzz of the Games, watch live sport on big screens, participate in arts and sports, and watch music, dance, comedy and film in outdoor stages and spaces specially designed to put you at the heart of the Games experience, at the heart of the city.
The full programme for Festival 2014 will be announced later this year.
Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg said:
“Culture 2014 will not only showcase the best of Scottish culture alongside creative work from across the Commonwealth, it is a fundamental part of the Games experience. Spectators, visitors, the whole of Scotland have the opportunity to get involved in and enjoy the Games through Culture 2014. The unique collaboration between Glasgow 2014, Creative Scotland, Glasgow Life as well as hundreds of groups, artists and communities across Scotland and beyond is something very special indeed. From dancers and discus throwers to gymnasts and jugglers and wrestlers and writers this celebration will be a merging of sport and culture that will dazzle, delight and live long in people’s memories.”
Eileen Gallagher, Independent Director on the Glasgow 2014 Board and Chair of the Ceremonies, Culture and Queen’s Baton Relay Committee said:
“The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme is offering an unparalleled range of projects and exhibitions right across Scotland giving people the opportunity to engage with the Games wherever they are in Scotland. Whether you want to see something in an intimate or unusual setting or enjoy some of the world class artists taking part or visit some of the outstanding contemporary art being celebrated in GENERATION or want to join the Big Big Sing, this is a terrific opportunity to enjoy the Games at locations the length and breadth of Scotland.”
“The Cultural Programme is offering the broadest possible range of opportunities, not just for the people who will watch performances and visit events or galleries, but also for the people who are participating and delivering. Along the way some unique relationships and partnerships are being created and developed which will bring a lasting legacy for Scotland’s cultural sector.”
Minister for External Affairs Humza Yousaf said:
“I’ve just arrived back in Scotland following a visit to Malawi and Zambia and the excitement and joy which friends throughout the Commonwealth have for the Glasgow 2014 Games was infectious.
“I expect this to build month on month – culminating in the best series of sporting and cultural events Glasgow and Scotland has ever experienced.
“It’s important to state that the impressive, innovative and broad ranging cultural programme we’ve seen detailed today will not only complement the Games – it will be a celebration like no other in its own right – and one which will leave a lasting legacy for Scotland and the world.
“With numerous events taking place at the heart of Scotland’s communities, I implore everyone to take the chance to be part of Scotland’s moment to shine.”
Janet Archer, Chief Executive Creative Scotland, said:
“This incredible programme will weave together rich stories of people and places from Scotland and the Commonwealth. It will present spectacular performances and intimate portraits, put communities at the heart of the work, and create new communities through an unprecedented range of ways to take part. This programme will give opportunities for people across the country to explore and enjoy great work by world leading and new artists from Scotland and the Commonwealth. The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is going to be an exhilarating journey. We hope you will join us on it.”
Councillor Archie Graham, the Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games and Chair of Glasgow Life, said:
“In Glasgow, we know how to put on a party and during Games time, the city will be transformed with spectacular events and outstanding performances which everyone can enjoy. Glasgow is Scotland’s cultural powerhouse and I have no doubt that every Glaswegian will play their part in the Games, not only by enjoying the very best in sport and culture, but by offering an invitation for everyone to come and enjoy our legendary hospitality.”
A number of projects are being produced with the assistance and expertise of partners, including BBC Scotland on projects such as From Scotland with Love, Authors Live and Commonwealth Poets United; British Council Scotland for GENERATION and Channel 4 for 9.88 Films.