The festival combines arts and heritage, centred on the Inverclyde tradition of “going Galoshans for Hallowe’en”, a Scottish precursor to American style Halloween celebrations. Galoshans Festival appeals to a local family audience and fuses creativity with community, and all things scary and spooky.
Galoshans Festival celebrates the bicentenary of local son and world-renowned engineer James Watt, through themes of innovation and light. Throughout the festival exciting innovative audio-visual artworks will pop up throughout Greenock town centre and Inverclyde Libraries will provide James Watt themed activities for children.
The packed festival programme has over 30 listings and opportunities to get involved including; a contemporary arts exhibition, 3 spellbinding productions at Beacon Arts Centre, audio visual & sculptural installations, street performances, live music, theatre, film and free workshops activities for all across Inverclyde’s public spaces and venues.
Greenock based, socially engaged arts charity RIG Arts are leading on the delivery of Galoshans Festival in collaboration with a consortium of partners who have secured funding from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and EventScotland.
Paul Bush OBE said: “EventScotland is delighted to support Galoshans through the National Programme fund, helping to grow Scotland’s events offering outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Scotland is the perfect stage, both for Halloween celebrations and community-minded events such as this and Galoshans looks set to provide a packed week of creativity and fun for the people Greenock and the surrounding area.”
Galoshans Festival will launch on Friday 25th October with the opening of the Innovation & Light contemporary art exhibition at the Tobacco Warehouse, accompanied by live music from James Grant and Lola in Slacks.
Inverclyde Culture Day takes place on Saturday 26th as local community groups showcase their creativity and the streets come alive with performance from Nunah Street Theatre, Originate Dance Company, Surge and Kayos Youth Theatre as well as James Watt themed story-telling tableaux and a kinetic sculpture.
This year the grand Galoshans Parade and Street Party take place on Sunday 27th October from 5.30pm, with the Galoshans Giants, Street Band, steampunk props, sensory portal and quiet space, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust ‘Fire Witch’, an audio-visual spectacle and live music from James Grant Presents.
As the grand finale to the festival, Glasgow based Cryptic, present an event in Greenock as part of Sonica - Tobacco Warehouse Takeover on 1st November in collaboration with the Scottish Alternative Music Awards. Expect an exceptional night of experimental music from Rev Magnetic and Callum Easter, accompanied by visuals from VAJ.Power and work from Robbie Thomson, SUE ZUKI, Kleft and Jack Wrigley.
With a month to go there’s already plenty to get involved with. Working with local artists and nationally recognised performers, the festival supports 9 weeks of creative drama, visual arts, and music development projects with schools and community groups across Inverclyde, culminating in outcomes showcased through the festival.
Anyone can join in at free prop making workshops exploring steampunk style, taking place every Sunday in the run up to the festival, get involved with volunteer opportunities via CVS Inverclyde, or help in the creation of a giant kinetic sculpture with RIG Arts. Artists are encouraged to apply to showcase their work as part of the Galoshans Festival Innovation & Light exhibition.
Visit www.GaloshansFestival.com to download the brochure for the full programme of events.
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