Merchant City Festival Goes Carnival for 2017 Opening Weekend
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Merchant City Festival Goes Carnival for 2017 Opening Weekend

​The Merchant City Festival is going carnival when it returns for its nine day run on Saturday 22 July. Throughout the opening weekend there are street carnivals and music performances on both days including a massed street band event featuring over 300 musicians performing a new piece in George Square created especially created for the Merchant City Festival.
This year the Merchant City Festival starts with a carnival that leaves from the Cathedral Square and makes its way to Merchant City through the streets of Glasgow. Exploring the theme of Glasgow’s History, Heritage and Archaeology the carnival procession will feature groups from across Glasgow, as well as national and international performers, including the mesmeric stilt performers Carpetbag Brigade for the USA.
The Street Band Encontro will be staging performances throughout Saturday and Sunday, will play a special one-off performance with international bands on Saturday night at the Old Fruitmarket and then will be the heart of an epic performance on Sunday in George Square.
Wilson Street is the venue for Dining Street, the Merchant City Festival’s celebration of street food. Try Thai, Indian, Italian, BBQ and many more global cuisines in the heart of Glasgow City centre.
The Merchant City Festival will bring the streets and venues of Glasgow’s Cultural quarter bursting to life until Sunday 30 July. This year the festival features music, dance, street arts, theatre, comedy, design, family entertainment, circus, Gaelic events, walking tours, films and the continental markets.
Depute Lord Provost and Chair of the Merchant City Festival steering group Bailie Philip Braat, said: “There are very few festivals and events that can surprise and delight so many people so often.  From street theatre just around the next corner to huge set piece performances, the programme is full of opportunity to enjoy this festival routed in the heart of Glasgow’s Cultural quarter. We start the Merchant City Festival with carnivals and street food and end with the return of SURGE and the continental markets so it should be another cracking year.”
You can find much more information about the Merchant City Festival 2017 at The Merchant City Festival, which will be part of the Cultural Programme for the 2018 European Championships is also supported by Creative Scotland, Unesco City of Music, Merchant Square, Heritage Lottery Fund, GCC Stalled Spaces and Fraser Suites.
The Family Zone returns on weekdays along with the Unesco City of Music stage and then the second weekend we welcome back SURGE. The Old Fruitmarket hosts Hip Replacement on July 28th, family Dance-along screenings of Moana, and the hugely popular live sing-a-long Massaoke on July 29 and then the return of the 2016 sell-out Tea-Dance on July 30.
New light will be shed on the films The Wicker Man and Jubilee with a panel discussion before a full screening of the movies. Join Andrew Reinhard to discuss his quest to find the final resting place of “the worst computer game ever made” before watching The Archaeology of Atari: Game Over.
Details of all events at Merchant City Festival and which are ticketed as well as information on how to buy is at
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