Festival 2018 is the fun-filled cultural programme of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. Glasgow will be buzzing with cultural performances and activities at city-centre festival sites, venues and communities, adding to the celebrations around the 11 days of world-class sporting action.
Having lunch with a stranger, watching seminal electro giants Orbital, trying an instrument made out of bike parts, walking under the Clyde through an immersive art installation, or taking part in a mass karaoke night in George Square are just some of the events on offer as part of Festival 2018. Hundreds of unmissable events will be taking place at festival sites and communities across the city, involving around 3700 artists and performers with the vast majority of events free for all ages.
Many of the hundreds of events and activities have been co-designed with young people as Festival 2018 joins in the celebrations around Year of Young People 2018. Don’t miss the first ever collaboration of Scotland’s national performing youth arts companies. Young people from Ydance, Scottish Youth Theatre, The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and the National Youth Choir of Scotland present a very special Festival 2018 commission “Tell Us Who We Are” which will be performed at the Fruitmarket.
Glasgow’s city centre will be buzzing with activity and George Square will be the beating heart of it all. Alongside the entertainment there will be delicious Scottish food & drink to enjoy, as well as the opportunity to catch up on the day’s sporting action on the big screens.
Festival 2018 is part of the first ever European Championships, a brand new multi-sport event being staged this August, and has established a ground-breaking cultural partnership with Glasgow’s co-host, Berlin with joint events occurring in both cities.