Merchant City Festival Becomes Nine-Day Cultural Festival for 2015
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Merchant City Festival Becomes Nine-Day Cultural Festival for 2015




The Merchant City Festival will cover nine days at the end of July and the start of August as Glasgow celebrates the first anniversary of the best ever Commonwealth Games. The 2015 festival starts on July 25 and concludes on August 2, filling the streets and venues of the Merchant City with performances and music as it so memorably did during the Commonwealth Games.


Already confirmed is the World Premiere of a new work by Motionhouse, Conflux, The Merchant City Festival and Gulbenkian, University of Kent called Fragile which will involve performers interacting with three JCBs. 


Fragile is a brand new, large-scale street performance involving world-class performers from Motionhouse, one of the UK’s foremost dance theatre companies, as well as up to 25 local emerging performers, and will be directed by Kevin Finnan MBE, who was Choreographer and Movement Director for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games


Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Chair of the Merchant City Festival Committee said: “The Merchant City Festival has always been a vibrant, eclectic and exciting celebration which played a vital role in bringing the city to life during the Commonwealth Games. As we celebrate the first anniversary of the best ever Commonwealth Games, the Merchant City Festival will be nine days of ambitious, diverse, exciting and fun cultural events which Glasgow has earned an international reputation for delivering. We are looking forward to delivering an outstanding festival and welcoming tens of thousands of people to the streets, hubs and venues across the Merchant City.”


The Brunswick Street Stage will incorporate a screen and licenced area in a large marquee and the ever popular Blackfriars Stage and emerging talent stages will feature a whole host of live music. The festival will also be home to fashion and design events, dance, comedy, street theatre and a family zone which will run across five days from July 27 in Merchant Square.


The hugely popular SURGE festival, a highlight of the Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme, returns for its sixth incarnation in 2015 and the Merchant City Festival Club is also back with Conflux programming the sessions. As always some of the finest pop-up food stands, craft stalls and street entertainment will prove to be a huge draw across the whole nine days of the festival.


Alan Richardson, Conflux Director said: “We are delighted that Surge will yet again feature in Merchant City Festival, following the amazing success of last year’s festival during the Commonwealth Games. In Fragile we’ll be bringing something special to the streets of Glasgow with one of the UK’s top outdoor performance companies and a host of machine-dancing JCB diggers, while we’re excited to deliver a quality programme of local and international street theatre acts to surprise, provoke and entertain the thousands who’ll flock to the festival.”


Other highlights will include Glasgow Eats & Beats, a new music based walking tour created and led by Fiona Walker, the Scotsman’s music editor and music journalist and From Steam to Green, a structured walk from Glasgow Green to Science Centre marking the 250th Anniversary of James Watt’s invention of the steam engine.


The Merchant City Festival is supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Creative Scotland.

Iain Munro, Deputy Chief Executive at Creative Scotland said: “We are delighted to continue our support of the Merchant City Festival as it gears up for a nine day summer celebration of art, performances, music and culture. Proving its success during the Commonwealth Games, the festival continues to be one of Scotland’s most engaging outdoor festivals, attracting both local and national audiences to the streets and public spaces of Glasgow, with an inspiring, exciting and varied programme.”


Jennifer Morrison, Events Manager at Merchant Square said: “Every year the Merchant City Festival brings the area alive as performers use every street, stage and venue to entertain thousands of visitors. This year we will host a dedicated children’s zone which will add a further dimension to the already huge interest in what is a unique festival.”


The Merchant City Festival Get Involved fund is also receiving applications. It aims to support local businesses and organisations to do something beyond its normal sphere of operation as part of the Merchant City Festival. For further information please email arts&



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