Media Release: Dumfries & Galloway hosts Commonwealth Games cultural celebrations

A storytelling marathon on two wheels

A Ceilidh for the Commonwealth

A BICYCLE with saddle bags packed with books by the author of The Gruffalo is getting ready to hit the road, and preparations are on the way for a 24 hour global Ceilidh, for events that are about to take place in Dumfries & Galloway this summer as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

The nationwide Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is celebrating Scotland and Glasgow’s hosting of the XX Commonwealth Games with more than 1000 events taking place across the country.

Roberts Burns Centre Film Theatre

On Wednesday 18 June at 7.30pm at Roberts Burns Centre Film Theatre, Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth presents Rising From Ashes, a documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team.

This screening is part of Scotland wide programme of events and films from Africa in Motion (AiM) taking viewers on a journey through the African Commonwealth highlighting triumphs and key challenges and opportunities through sport.

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Agnew Park, Stranraer; Gretna; and Kirkcudbright

Adding to the excitement of the Queen’s Baton Relay reaching the region actor Tam Dean Burn will be cycling into town on Thursday 19 June as part of an epic journey in which he will read all 195 books and plays, and sing all the songs written by former Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson to children along the route of the QBR. The Marathon Storytelling Cycling Challenge is free to attend and Tam and friends will be at Agnew Park, Stranraer; Gretna; and Kirkcudbright.

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Colvend Public Hall, Dalbeattie

A Ceilidh at Colvend Public Hall, Dalbeattie on Saturday 21 June at 7.30pm will take place as part of the global Commonwealth Ceilidh, with the first dancing taking place at 7.30pm local time in New Zealand, the action reaching Dalbeattie 13 hours later, and the last Ceilidh call in Hawaii 24 hours after the event started. There’ll be live music by Graham Barbour at this family Ceilidh. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary as all the dances will be taught. Bring finger food for sharing.

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Ryan Centre Theatre, Stranraer.

Award winning comediennes Janey Godley and Ashley Storrie will be coming to The Ryan Centre on Saturday 28 June to deliver their side splitting stand-up comedy show Journey to Glasgow. Part of a national tour, you are invited to meet Janey and Ashley after the performance and tell them your story of a trip to the dear, green place. Some of the stories they gather around the country will be collated into a film, celebrating our nation’s storytelling abilities. So come and join the storytelling party. To book your free ticket call 01776 703535.

The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life, and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding.

Janet Archer, chief executive of Creative Scotland, said: “It’s fantastic to see this exciting work being presented in Dumfries & Galloway and I’d encourage everyone to join in with and enjoy the events.”

Eileen Gallagher, independent director on the Glasgow 2014 Board and chair of the Ceremonies, Culture and Queen’s Baton Relay Committee, said: “The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is offering people the opportunity to be part of the Games wherever they are. With something for all the family, in popular local settings and an inspiring range of shows and activity, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

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Notes to Editors:

  1. The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the XX Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4,500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of 15,000 volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.
  2. Glasgow 2014’s official partner level sponsors are Longines, SSE, Virgin Media, BP, Emirates and Ford. For more information on Glasgow 2014’s full sponsor family, please visit
  3. Glasgow 2014, the Commonwealth Games Federation and UNICEF are working together in an exciting partnership that will transform the lives of children in Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth. Using the power of sport and culture this unique partnership aims to inspire, enable and empower the children of the Commonwealth to be the best they can be.
  4. The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a national celebration. Culture 2014 is showcasing dance, theatre, music, visual arts, comedy and much more in the run up to and after the Commonwealth Games, with Festival 2014 transforming the Host City at Games time. The Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life, and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding.
  5. The Commonwealth Ceilidh is part of Get Scotland Dancing – the national initiative to inspire more people to get active and participate in dance and provide an unprecedented range of opportunities to take part in and enjoy dance.

Media Contact
Brian Maycock

Interim Media Relations and PR Officer, Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme
T: 0330 333 2000
D: 0131 523 0046
M: 07972 835 212

Gordon Boag
Cultural Press Officer, Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee
T: 030 2014 0000
D: 030 2014 0160

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