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Live Zones Celebrations Across Glasgow During 2014 Commonwealth Games

Some of Glasgow’s best-known and historic locations will be at the heart of celebrations during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Glasgow 2014 and Glasgow City Council, alongside Glasgow Life, have revealed plans for ‘live zones’ at Glasgow Green, the Merchant City, and for further activity at the refurbished Kelvingrove Bandstand and other locations across the city.

The Live Zones will play a prominent part in Festival 2014 – which will transform the host city from 19th July to 3rd August as an invigorating mix of entertainment, culture and enjoyment fills the streets, spaces and stages of Glasgow. Festival 2014 will build on the nationwide Culture 2014 programme to show Glasgow, Scotland and the Commonwealth at their best.

The zones will have a range of activities for everyone to enjoy, from watching the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and major sports occasions on the big screen, to highlights of Festival 2014, the Games time cultural festival which will showcase the best of Glasgow and Scotland’s arts and culture alongside that of the Commonwealth. There will be something for everyone in a varied programme of music, dance, theatre and comedy for families to enjoy and take part in and a range of interactive sports and games zones where people can emulate some of the athletes on show at the Games. The zones will be in operation throughout the Games period from 23 July to 3 August, 2014.

Councillor Archie Graham, the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games and Chair of Glasgow Life, said:

“Glasgow knows how to put on a party and whether you’re in town to watch a sporting event, or just want to sample the excitement, you won’t have to go far to be part of the Games.
“Glasgow has an outstanding track record in hosting events, such as the Merchant City Festival, Mela and World Pipe Band Championships – and we plan to build on that success by hosting the biggest party the city has ever seen.”
Festival 2014 will be at the heart of the Games experience, enhancing spectators, visitors and Glaswegians’ experience of the host city, bringing it to life in new and exciting ways, as well as playing a practical role in helping people navigate the city between sports venues.

A major expansion of the Merchant City Festival, will see this popular event play a crucial role in bringing Festival 2014 to the heart of Glasgow's cultural quarter.

Dr Bridget McConnell, the Director of Ceremonies, Culture and Queen’s Baton Relay at Glasgow 2014, said:

“Glasgow will be brought to life during Games time, through an extraordinary programme of cultural events and shows across the city and by the activation of live zones.
“We want the entire city to celebrate the Games, with a festival feeling across the live zones, which builds excitement and pride for both visitors and citizens alike. Glasgow will be on the biggest of global stages and we want everyone to be part of the show.”

Planning for the live zones remains at an early stage and full confirmation – and details of performances and times – will be released in due course.
If you want to keep up to date with everything that’s happening across both Glasgow and Scotland as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, then go to www.glasgow2014.com/culture and sign up for alerts.

Note to Editors

1. The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of up to 15,000 local volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.

2. Glasgow 2014’s official partner level sponsors are Longines, SSE, Virgin Media, BP, Emirates and Ford. For more information on Glasgow 2014’s full sponsor family, please visit http://www.glasgow2014.com/games/our-sponsors

3. Glasgow 2014, the Commonwealth Games Federation and UNICEF are working together in an exciting partnership that will transform the lives of children in Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth. Using the power of sport and culture this unique partnership aims to inspire, enable and empower the children of the Commonwealth to be the best they can be.

4. For further information about Live Zones please contact james.doherty@glasgowlife.org.uk or call 0141 287 5970

5. The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, which is being developed both as a Scotland-wide Culture 2014 and Glasgow-focused Festival 2014, is a creative collaboration between the Organising Committee, Creative Scotland and Glasgow Life.