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Merchant City Festival returns this Saturday


The Merchant City Festival returns on Saturday (22 July) with the biggest and brightest carnival it has ever held, the loudest and funkiest street bands in the UK and a street food festival that brings cuisines from all around the world to the heart of Glasgow. Running until Sunday 30 July, the festival mixes arts and entertainment with street food, indoor and outdoor performances, craft markets and music. 

The carnival will start this year’s festival at 12 noon on Saturday (22 July), winding its way through the streets of Glasgow from the Cathedral Square to George Square and onto the Merchant City. 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 from the USA. 

The full programme and ticket information (where required) is available at   

The Encontro Street Band Festival is bringing bands from around the country to stage pop-up performances in the Merchant City ahead of a blistering evening showcase event at the Old Fruitmarket.  

Wilson Street and Miller Street will host the Merchant City Festival’s celebration of street food. Try global cuisines, new ingredients and catch the outstanding entertainment in the latest food destination 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: “Putting together such a high quality, varied and totally immersive arts programme alongside brilliant street food and amazing indoor and outdoor performances is a year round task. What you will see over the coming nine days of the Merchant City Festival is the result of months of rehearsals, planning and preparation. From the very start we will be bringing the carnival atmosphere to the streets and venues of the Merchant City for what will be an unmissable and unforgettable festival.” 

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 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. 

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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