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THE festival of music, dance, art and theatre which will... [Derived headline]

June 18, 2014

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THE festival of music, dance, art and theatre which will run alongside the Commonwealth Games has been revealed.

It will feature more than 1000 performances in over 100 venues and will run from Saturday July 19 to Sunday August 3.

Entertainment will be on offer from morning to night in Glasgow, at Glasgow Green, Kelvingrove bandstand and in the Merchant City, while the Festival 2014 club in the Old Fruitmarket will feature some of Scotland's best contemporary and traditional Gaelic artists.

One of the headline acts of the cultural festival will be violinist Nicola Benedetti.

Glasgow Green will be set up as a massive home with different "rooms" hosting a house party.

The living room will accomm-odate the main stage with bands, orchestras, choirs and films, while the kitchen will be cooking up the best of Scottish produce with a Commonwealth twist.

A "wee house" will have performances and activities for children, and visitors will be able to try out sports sessions in the back garden.

Glasgow Green live zone will have performers from across Scotland and the Commonwealth, including Lloyd Cole and Edwyn Collins.

There will be an Emancipation Day carnival, a Mela at the Green, Celtic Connections performers and the RSNO performing Hollywood classics.

The Merchant City Festival has been extended to run for the length of the Games and will feature the return of the vintage festival, as well as a mix of street theatre and outdoor performances.

The newly refurbished Kelvingrove bandstand will host family friendly performances, comedy, music and films throughout the day.

BBC at the Quay will have live broadcasts of TV and radio programmes, live music and stage shows.

There will also be perform-ances in the city's theatres, venues and arts spaces, on and around the River Clyde, in parks and city streets, and on the routes to and from the Games venues.

Other events include Nelson Mandela Day, Wee Doors Open Day, Club Noir's Commonwealth Carnival and Alan Bennett's Talking Heads, being staged by Glasgay.

Eileen Gallagher, independent director of the Glasgow 2014 board, said: "Festival 2014 will be an amazing celebration of culture which is woven into the fabric of the Commonwealth Games experienced.

"No matter where you are in Glasgow during the Games, you will be able to access perform-ances and events involving some of the best homegrown and Commonwealth talent.

"There is something for everyone to see or take part in at Festival 2014 and most of it is free, offering everyone the opport- unity to be part of the Games."

Archie Graham, Glasgow City Council's Commonwealth Games spokesman, said: "With more than 1000 performances across more than 100 locations, this really is Glasgow's time to shine on a global stage with artists and performers bringing a real buzz to the city during Games time.

"This will be the biggest celebration the city has seen."

In Edinburgh, pupils have already been gearing up for the Games with a unique baton relay involving canoes and bikes. More than 100 young people are involved in delivering a baton which left the capital yesterday on its journey to Glasgow with a message of support for the event.

The inscription reads: "In the spirit of friendship and cooperation, The City of Edinburgh carries this message of support to The City of Glasgow. We are proud to see the Commonwealth Games return to Scotland. We wish you every success in delivering a modern and exciting Games."

Diving events will take place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh and Donald Wilson, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, said it would be a "fantastic summer of sport in Scotland".


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Source: Herald, The (Scotland)


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