Find out more about some of the different Culture 2014 events and projects that are taking place over the coming months.
Glasgow Girls at Citizen's Theatre
20 February to 8 March 2014
Seven teenagers with a cause that captured the imagination of a country. The hit Scottish musical is back!
Based on a true story, Glasgow Girls is a modern Scottish musical about a group of seven teenage girls whose lives are changed forever when they arrive at school one day to be told that their friend - and her asylum seeking family – have been forcibly taken from their home to be deported.
These feisty young women are galvanised to take a stand and to fight for their friend and for the rights of all children of asylum-seekers in Scotland. They take on the Scottish Government and the Home Office and succeed where adults and politicians failed, becoming one of the most vocal and powerful asylum campaigns to capture the imagination of the media, and to inspire a community to unite behind its residents.
Glasgow Girls is not just a life-affirming musical, it is their story.
Visit www.citz.co.uk for more information and for bookings.
Glory – Janice Parker
Award-winning independent choreographer and dance-maker Janice Parker will work with a diverse cast from Glasgow's Commonwealth to create a new performance work, Glory, which will celebrate performers, bodies, the pursuit of excellence and alternative forms of the elite in movement.
Opening in March 2014, this multi-media performance will create parallels between the dancers' and the athletes' rigour, discipline and aesthetic, drawing on conventions and rituals of performance and of the Games itself.
Performers will be from a wide range of Glasgow's Commonwealth Community and be of different ages, abilities, levels of experience and body types. The work will be staged in a
'Performers' Village', designed by visual artist Richard Layzell , sited in Tramway, and inspired by the concept of the Athletes' Village.
Wednesday 5 – Monday 10 March at 19.30 (except Sunday 9 March)
Matinee – Saturday 8 March at 14.30
Visit www.tramway.org for more information.
Big Dance Pledge
Thousands of people across the world have the chance to take part in the Big Dance Pledge 2014 – learning a dance routine that will be performed simultaneously across the globe on 16 May 2014.
Devised for people of all ages and abilities and with a variety of dance styles included – from ballet to bhangra – this original choreography was created by Scottish Ballet and takes some inspiration from the Highland Games. Participants are encouraged to perform their own interpretation, from hip-hop to folk, or be inspired by their own community or country's national dance styles.
In Scotland, hundreds of schools, community groups and workplaces will be learning and performing the Big Dance Pledge as part of the Get Scotland Dancing programme. Big Dance in the UK is delivered by the Greater London Authority and the Foundation for Community Dance, with the Big Dance Pledge as an annual project.
With support from the British Council, school children around the world will be able participate in the Big Dance Schools Pledge through the British Council's Schools Online website.
Watch The Big Dance Pledge feature film, how-to film, and responses from other dance groups including Bollywood, street dancers and belly dancers at The Big Dance Pledge website .
The McLaren 2014 Programme will promote and celebrate the life and work of the pioneering, Scottish-born animator and filmmaker, Norman McLaren .
McLaren 2014 will begin in Stirling on the centenary of McLaren's birth, 11 April 2014, followed by special exhibitions and screenings in Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh, the 25th anniversary celebrations of the McLaren Award at the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival, and a nationwide public engagement programme, seeking to get Scotland animating.
Produced by the Centre for the Moving Image and working with partners from across Scotland, the UK and Canada, McLaren 2014 will conclude at the end of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on the 3 August 2014. It is part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, and is produced in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada .