Our picks of the Festival 2018 events

Festival 2018 is the cultural side of the first European Championships taking place in Glasgow this summer. Alongside the sporting calendar, which runs from 2-12 August, cultural events will take place across the city.

We’ve rounded up our top picks of the family friendly events.

In George Square

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The Great Big Opening Party

The opening party kicks off the programme for the festival as well as the championships. The event will feature Scottish music acts including Nina Nesbitt, The Ayoub Sister and C Duncan. It will celebrate the sports of the championships and the people who have been a part of the Glasgow 2018 journey.

1st August

4pm – 10:30pm

Carnival Procession

The streets of Glasgow will come alive with local and international performers and community groups. The carnival will celebrate music, dance and street performance as it makes its way through the city from George Square to Glasgow Green.

Community groups, schools and artists from the four corners of Glasgow will come together to celebrate their shared differences.

4th August

12pm – 1pm

At the Green

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Play, Talk, Read Bus

The Play, Talk, Read Bus will be at Glasgow Green with activities including messy play, arts and crafts and more. Activities will take place both inside and outside of the bus and are aimed at children aged 0-5 years old.

2nd – 12th August

10am – 5pm

Scottish Opera’s Pop-up Opera Roadshow

Scottish Opera is bringing its touring show to Glasgow Green as part of Festival 2018. Two 25-minute shows will be performed by a storyteller, singers, musicians and a series of illustrations. Both shows are performed in a fully accessible trailer modelled on Glasgow’s Theatre Royal.

2nd, 9th August

11am – 4:30pm

Throughout the city

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The People Unite: Building Bricks

The European Championships will be hosted by both Glasgow and Berlin this year. As a celebration of this partnership volunteers will build bricks out of cardboard throughout this week.

The bricks will then be transferred to Glasgow Green where volunteers will build them into a massive replica of a Berlin landmark building. One the tower is built people will gather to celebrate the achievement and see it ceremoniously topple.

3rd – 4th August

10am – 5pm

Children’s Classic Concerts: Soundcycle

Children’s Classic Concerts Essential Orchestra and Owen Gunnell are joining forces for a celebration of music and sport. Sections of the orchestra will go for gold in a musical relay race alongside a synchronised swimming routine and a game of musical statues for the audience.

Concerts last 1 hour each.

10th August

12pm – 3:30pm

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