Festival 2018 at George Square

Glasgow’s iconic George Square will be the beating heart of Festival 2018 during the 2018 European Championships... come ready to play and explore!

Festival 2018 at George Square

About Festival 2018 at George Square

Glasgow’s iconic George Square will be the beating heart of Festival 2018 during the 2018 European Championships, creating a carnival atmosphere through a spectacular line up that will delight all ages and put Glasgow and Scotland’s renowned creativity in the spotlight.

As you enter George Square, marvel at a spectacular commission by world-renowned artists Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan, who also designed the vibrant and colourful Festival 2018 logo, before settling in to enjoy the carnival atmosphere and delicious Scottish food and drink. The big stage programme celebrates Glasgow’s status as a UNESCO City of Music with diverse and exciting line up of performances, alongside dance, theatre and much more. Come ready to play and explore – our installations PIVOT and BPM will capture the imaginations of all the family.

The Opening Party

1st August / 4pm - 8.30pm / £16.50
The big stage programme features some of the most exciting names in Scottish music today - The Ayoub Sisters, SAY Award-winners Sacred Paws and Mercury Music Prize-nominated C Duncan - alongside a celebration of the European Championships sports and the people who have been part of the Glasgow 2018 journey. More performances and special guests from the worlds of culture and sport to be announced!

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Beats Per Minute

1st August - 12th August / Every Half hour / Free
Set inside a large geodesic dome in George Square, this immersive, audio-visual event allows you to experience the beating hearts and adrenalin of extraordinary athletes, through cutting-edge technology.

Wearing headphones and vibrating sub-pacs attached to your chest, you will hear and feel the athletes’ heartbeats as they undertake their incredible feats of endurance and recount their journeys of competing at international level.
Accompanied by stunning visuals, this riveting, fully immersive experience will be fifteen minutes of the Festival you will never forget.

This free event is suitable for all ages and accessible for all abilities.
Look out for the exclusive BPM Showdown live events happening in the dome over closing weekend.

Presented by Raw Material and Pachamama Productions.

Every half hour. Beats Per Minute will involve the use of strobe lighting, projection and Subpac technology. Women that are pregnant or who could possibly be pregnant should not use the SUBPAC. Unfortunately, we cannot recommend and strongly discourage usage of a SUBPAC by any persons with a pacemaker or other internal implanted bodily devices whatsoever.


Citizens of Everywhere: Douglas Gordon and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

2nd August / 7.30pm - 10pm / Free
George Square hosts an exceptional collaboration between internationally renowned visual artist Douglas Gordon and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Douglas Gordon curates a programme that responds to the rich heritage of George Square, as the civic heart of the city and where citizens gather for their collective voice to be heard, to bring a unique element that melds classical and contemporary sounds and voices for one night only. One of the cornerstones of the programme is a re-working for orchestration of a Mogwai composition entitled Music For A Forgotten Future (The Singing Mountain) which is to be performed live for the first time in George Square.


Sonic Youths

2nd August / 10.30am - 5pm / Free
A youth music showcase featuring some of Scotland’s most exciting young artists.

Behind The Noise presents SQUARE GO! - Behind The Noise is an award winning music and skills project engaging with around 100 young people from Glasgow and Renfrewshire each year. SQUARE GO! will feature a number of artists who have come through the project. In addition to performing their own original material each band will perform a cover version from a well known Scottish band or artist including Annie Lennox, Simple Minds, The Waterboys, Steelers Wheel, Alabama 3, Primal Scream and many more. A truly unmissable event!

Hit the Road is a youth touring project which takes young artists on their first tours across Scotland where they acquire the skills needed to succeed as a professional touring musician. Young artists aged between 14 – 19 develop these skills by meeting and working alongside relevant industry professionals such as promoters, bookers, tour managers, backline techs and sound engineers. They are also invited to attend professionally led workshops on topics such as photography, videography and social media. These workshops provide our artists with the various marketing tools needed to maximise the potential of their band.


Mix the City Live

3rd August / 7pm - 10pm / Free
This exciting live collaborative night launches Mix the City: Glasgow and Berlin – an online interactive music platform where you can create and mix your very own soundscape of these two creative powerhouses. Glasgow was awarded UNESCO City of Music status in 2008.

Curated by Alun Woodward, a founding member of indie rock stalwarts The Delgados and co-founder of the Chemikal Underground record label, there isn’t a Glasgow-based musician that Alun doesn’t know, so who better to put together this one time only gig!


Piping Live! presents the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and Friends

3rd August / Midday - 5pm / Free
Join The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and two other young pipe bands as they parade through the streets of Glasgow. Once they arrive in George Square, they will hold come and try sessions where you can try the bagpipes and drums, as well as putting on performances on the stage. These short concerts will leave you amazed by these talented young players.


wild city | fiadh-bhaile (dear green howe)

3rd August / 11am - 1pm / Free - Booking Required
A wandering walk with books mapping wildness in the green howe of Glasgow.

Join The Walking Library on a wander through the green howe (Glasgow). Select a book to share and help create a map of wild nature – sleekit creatures, willow haughs and forceful flowers – on a slow walk from the City Centre to Glasgow Green.


Byres Road Big Band

4th August / 12.15pm - 1.15pm / Free
Catch a set by Byres Road Big Band - a jazz band based in Glasgow's West End, under the direction of saxophonist Paul Towndrow.


Festival 2018 Carnival Procession

4th August / Midday - 1pm / Free
Join us for an extra special Festival 2018 Carnival Procession and watch the streets of Glasgow come alive with local and international performers and community groups.

A vibrant feast of music, dance and street performance the colourful celebration and hundreds of revellers, will make its way through the city streets taking in the Festival 2018 sites and finishing at Go Live! At the Green.

The procession will be the culmination of months of work developed with community groups, schools and artists from the four corners of Glasgow and beyond who have been exploring and celebrating our Shared Differences.


Impulse Relay (Indepen-dance Young 1’z and Sensatronic Lab)

4th August / 10.30am - 11am / Free
Impulse Relay is an exciting new collaboration between dancers from Indepen-dance Young 1’z and musicians from Sensatronic Lab. Working together under the direction of choreographer Cheryl McChesney, along with Indepen-dance and Sensatronic artists. The group is comprised of disabled and non-disabled young people. Using cutting-edge digital technology, the dancers’ movements create sounds, blending seamlessly with the musicians’ soundtrack. The piece is inspired by themes of autonomy, confidence, pride and competition, all of which strongly relate to the 2018 Championships.


Mass Gaelic Ceilidh with the Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band

4th August / 4.30pm - 6pm / Free
An early summer ceilidh, traditional style with Gaelic song and cracking music form the acclaimed Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band.

Get into the party spirit and experience a taste of Gaelic Scotland in the heart of the city. Let’s kick starts the championships with the longest strip-the-willow in history!


Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5

5th August / 6.45pm - 8pm / Free
We are the shiny disco ball hat wearing, ultimate genre hopping, twisted festival, live stage machine that puts the emphasis on music, entertaining and laughter. We are a party at its most outrageous and ridiculous.

Imagine Primal Scream and Happy Mondays had children genetically fused with the DNA of Frank Zappa, Bob Marley, James Brown, George Clinton and Neil Diamond.

Expect the unexpected when The Dijon Family come to town!


Massaoke Scotland: Greatest Hits Party!

5th August / 8.30pm - 10pm / Free
It’s time for your vocal chords to get involved in the BIGGEST MASSAOKE SCOTLAND EVER. Belt it out to your favourite tunes including some sport and Europe-themed classics. Have you got the Eye of the Tiger? Well it’s The Final Countdown! Glasgow, get ready to show the world that We Are the Champions!


Oshun and The Gold – A New Anansi Tale

5th August 10.30am - 11am / 9th August 5.30pm - 6pm / Free
Through ups and downs, highs and lows, trickery and play, we follow Anansi's journey of writing their own future.

Watch the struggles and fun of relationships unfold, as Anansi begins to flourish and take off like an acrobat.

A playful dance production developed with young people from across Glasgow and choreographed by Mele Broomes.


Sistema Scotland and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra make a Big Noise

5th August / 5pm - 5.45pm / Free
Children and Young People from Big Noise Govanhill and Big Noise Raploch join forces with members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to perform a special one-off concert in George Square.
Compèred by broadcaster and author, Sally Magnusson, the concert includes a programme of family friendly music and audience engagement.
This is a musical celebration of the European Championships 2018, which also highlights the charity Sistema Scotland’s 10th Birthday, their ongoing relationship with the BBC SSO, the unifying impact of music and its ability to transform the lives of children.


Jazz at Festival 2018

6th August / 6pm - 10pm / Free
In association with Glasgow Jazz Festival, we are delighted to present Jazz at Festival 2018!


Glasgow Meets Berlin - A Gala Celebration

7th August / 6pm - 9.30pm / Free
A celebratory gala concert with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland in Glasgow, and the Universität der Künste in Berlin.

Through a live link, audiences in George Square Glasgow and on the European Mile in Berlin can experience the excitement and atmosphere of the concerts in both cities on the stage and big screen.

The popular concert programme features famous operatic tunes and melodies culminating in a mass singalong of much loved songs from Scotland and Germany. Audience participation is essential!


Be Bop Bairns

9th August / 10.15am - 11.15am / Free
Be-Bop Bairns is a fun , family friendly musical extravaganza that helps children express themselves through music , dance , singing , sporty & party games.

The children join in with Gerry Lyons as he takes them on a musical journey by singing and dancing to their favourite songs from movies and nursery rhymes to telling their favourite jokes.


Mela @ Festival 2018

9th August / 3pm - 10pm / Free
Scotland’s biggest multi-cultural festival, Glasgow Mela takes to the stage curating a packed programme that fuses music and dance from across the world.


wild city | fiadh-bhaile (sleekit creatures)

10th August / 11am - 4pm / Free
wild city: a wandering walk with books mapping wildness in the green howe of Glasgow.

Join The Walking Library on a wander through the green howe (Glasgow). Select a book to share and help create a map of wild nature – sleekit creatures, willow haughs and reedy rivers – on a slow walk from the City Centre to the West End.


Orbital

10th August / Doors 6pm / £12.50 - £25
Orbital is one of many hundreds of unmissable events and activities that will be part of Festival 2018 – to create a carnival atmosphere during the historic, first-ever, European Championships being staged between 2 and 12 August 2018.

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JR Green

11th August / 3.30pm - 4.15pm / Free
Somewhere between peat-bog and youth culture rises JR Green, brethren progeny of the Pictish heartlands. Hailing from Ardnamurchan, the most westerly point in perfidious Albion, siblings Jacob and Rory Green offer Celtic tradition fused with unyielding, veracious lyricism and thunderous, euphoric songwriting. The brothers Green have lain to rest the epoch of sexless, gritless folk-pop with their atavistic clarion-calling strains. Thanks to 2015’s Bring The Witch Doctor EP and its two irresistible singles - ‘Nigerian Princess’ and ‘First Blood’, JR Green became fixtures on 2016’s ‘Ones To Watch’ lists, receiving plaudits on the wireless all over the BBC.


New European Music curated by Mogwai’s Barry Burns

11th August / 7.15pm - 10.15pm / Free
George Square will host three musical acts with links to both Glasgow and Berlin. The event aims to celebrate the importance of European relationships and the potential creative possibilities. The event is curated by Barry Burns (Mogwai)


SAY Awards

11th August / 4.45pm - 5.15pm / Free
Celebrate the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award’s highest scoring Eligible Albums with a run-down of this year’s 20 strong Longlist, as well as a special live performance from SAY Award alumni!


The Berrie Big Band

11th August / 12.15pm - 1.15pm / Free
The Berrie Big Band are a Glasgow-based 18-piece ensemble, with a repertoire designed to appeal to a wide age range.

In addition to the occasional big band classic, they enjoy incorporating more left-field choices including the likes of Kraftwerk, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and their favourite TV & movie themes.


The Velophonic Orchestra

11th August / 10.30am - 11.30am / Free
The Velophonic Orchestra is a spontaneous bicycle orchestra that anyone can join - just bring your bike!

Over the period of an hour, we’ll explore the possibilities of using bicycles as instruments: playing on bells, spokes, frames, saddles - you name it! No previous bicycle-playing experience necessary - just follow the conductors and experience being part of the band as we create and perform a piece of music to celebrate each of the four-cycle sports of the European Championships.


Celtic Connections

12th August / 6pm - 10pm / Free
It’s our last day! And what better way to celebrate and give our friends from across Europe the best possible send off than with a special evening in partnership with world renowned Glasgow music festival Celtic Connections? The programme will feature the best Scottish talent alongside unique collaborations with exciting international musicians – check back soon for more details!

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Festival 2018 at George Square are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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Glasgow's annual Christmas Lights Switch On in George Square will take place on Sunday 18th November 2018!
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City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

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Blessing of the Crib

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Glasgow Santa Dash

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9th December 2018
The annual Glasgow Council Santa Dash sets off from George Square on the 9th of December at 9.30am, with thousands of people dressed as Santa taking on the 5k course for charity!
City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

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City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

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City Centre Walking Tour

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19th January 2019
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City Centre Walking Tour

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City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

2nd February 2019
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City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

16th February 2019
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City Centre Walking Tour

23rd February 2019
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City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

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City Centre Walking Tour

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City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

16th March 2019
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City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

23rd March 2019
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City Centre Walking Tour

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City Centre Walking Tour

6th April 2019
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City Centre Walking Tour

13th April 2019
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City Centre Walking Tour

City Centre Walking Tour

20th April 2019
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City Centre Walking Tour

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City Centre Walking Tour

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City Centre Walking Tour

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City Centre Walking Tour

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2 to 5 year olds and their grown ups can come and explore the stores, handle objects and get creative on the first Monday and Friday of each month!
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Get A Life!
Get A Life!
18th Oct 2018 - 20th Oct 2018
Websters Theatre, Glasgow West End
John Shedden and Finlay McLean (plus skeleton) perform a series of weird and wonderful sketches, so wacky and off-the-wall, they will boggle your mind when they bring 'Get A Life!' to Websters!
Witches Fae Easterhoose
Witches Fae Easterhoose
18th Oct 2018 - 27th Oct 2018
The Pavilion Theatre Glasgow, Glasgow City Centre
Des Dillon, writer of Singin I’m No A Billy I’m A Tim, brings his HILARIOUS smash hit dark comedy, Witches Fae Easterhoose to the Pavilion Theatre Glasgow!
Scottish Opera: Rigoletto
Scottish Opera: Rigoletto
18th October 2018
Theatre Royal Glasgow, Glasgow City Centre
Award-winning director Matthew Richardson and Olivier Award-winning designer Jon Morrell revive their powerful production of Verdi’s masterpiece, Rigoletto!
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Skills Scotland Glasgow
Skills Scotland Glasgow
24th Oct 2018 - 25th Oct 2018
SEC Centre, Glasgow City Centre
Get inspired at Skills Scotland Glasgow at the SEC Glasgow in October, the skills and careers event for 14-19 year olds!
SWITCH 2018
SWITCH 2018
26th October 2018
Platform Glasgow, Glasgow East End
Platform and KOR! Records are once again collaborating to host accessible music event SWITCH 2018 at Platform Glasgow on October 26th!
Junior Rangers
Junior Rangers
3rd November 2018
Castlemilk Park, Glasgow South Side
Castlemilk Park's Junior Rangers is a six month programme of events especially for 13 to 18 year olds where they will learn different skills in nature conservation.
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