Culture 2014 aims to enhance the experience of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games for Scotland's communities, spectators and visitors, and presents the best of Scottish and Commonwealth culture.
Already including 800 events and almost 200 projects and exhibitions, Culture 2014 involves thousands of artists, performers and participants across hundreds of locations and venues throughout the length and breadth of Scotland.
And it's still growing!
New projects announced as part of Culture 2014 and Festival 2014 show the wide geographic spread of the programme, and the many opportunities to experience a range of artforms.
In Aberdeen, The Four Seasons marries the north east's reputation for 'four seasons in one day' with Vivaldi's most famous score. This new dance piece involves internationally-renowned choreographers and community dance artists Royston Maldoom and Tamara McLorg, joined by young people from Aberdeenshire.
Edinburgh's festivals will also contribute to Culture 2014:
- A major season of South African works will be showcased at the Edinburgh International Festival.
- Two exemplary pieces of work from Australia will be touring to venues across Scotland, as part of Imaginate.
- GastroFestis a mini-festival of the science of food and drink, part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.
- Fringe directors and organisers from across the world will come together at the World Fringe Congress, during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Dundee and Glasgow will host a celebratory concert, Going for Gold, with hundreds of children performing in a special event by NYCOS and Children's Classic Concerts, with the RSNO and RSNO junior chorus.
Shetland Moving Image Archive presents Ebb Tide, where local film makers will create new work inspired by the stories, journeys, imagery and artefacts of Shetlanders who voyaged overseas on ships made on the Clyde.
International residency programme Below Another Sky is the result of a nationwide collaboration between Scotland's Print Studios. Artists from Australia, Canada, India and Pakistan will work in Scotland, with artists from Scotland working in Commonwealth countries.
Creating a Vision of the Commonwealth is inspired by unique aerial photography of Commonwealth countries, taken throughout the second half of the 20th century by the Directorate of Overseas Survey. This film will be made by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, and the Scottish Documentary Institute.
In the Host City, Glasgow's festivals take on a distinct Commonwealth flavour in the countdown to the Games:
- 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 the Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival, including the Future News Conference for young journalists and sessions on sport and international authors. Schools will also join in Commonwealth literary fun at this year's Wee Write!
- Enjoy stand-up comedy with a Commonwealth edge this March with Commonwealth Stands Up, part of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.
- Performers from countries including India, Pakistan, Cyprus and Sri Lanka will join Glasgow Mela for its 24th consecutive year on 7–8 June.
- 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.
- Glasgow Life will also host a series of events as part of Ceilidh Comhla, co-hosted by Gaelic artists and artists from a variety of Commonwealth cultures.
The newly announced programme for Festival 2014 also includes many exciting events.
- Nicola Benedetti will lead the cream of Scotland's orchestras, classical musicians and ensembles in Glasgow's Classical Marathon Day this July. Produced by Glasgow UNESCO City of MusicRoyal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Dunedin Consort, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Red Note Ensemble, Scottish Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble and NYOS Futures.
- Six unique souvenirs inspired by the Games will be produced by leading artists and designers for Scotland Can Make It!.
- Brought to you by Pan African Arts, the HA Orchestra will be a melting pot of African music, which aims to tap into a vast unexplored treasure of musical cultural experiences and values.
- Emancipation Jam will see African Caribbean Cultures Glasgow mark the importance of Emancipation Day at four venues in Glasgow's Merchant City, an area with strong historical links to the slave trade.
- Scotland's first International Inclusive Dance Festival Gathered Together 2014 will be hosted by Indepen-dance.
Over the coming months, the momentum of the Culture 2014 programme is set to build. More projects will be announced as the journey towards the Games accelerates, so make sure you sign up to receive regular updates, and join the conversation on Twitter with #Culture 2014 and @culture2014.