Stirling hosts Commonwealth Games cultural celebrations
Storytelling on two wheels
High octane spectacular contemporary circus
A BICYCLE with saddle bags packed with books by the author of The Gruffalo, and an incredible group of young contemporary circus performers are heading to Stirling as more events are about to take place 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 1,000 events taking place across the country.
Forthbank Performance Sports Centre
Adding to the excitement of the Queen’s Baton Relay coming to the region on Sunday 6 July, the Forthbank Performance Sports Centre will be the setting for a high octane, spectacular performance showcasing contemporary circus skills.
The Commonwealth Youth Circus is a new company featuring specially recruited young performers from Scotland and the Commonwealth who are wowing audiences along the route of the QBR. Catch them from 5.50pm.
To find out more visit: http://www.brightnightinternational.com/community/commonwealth-youth-circus-2014/
Actor Tam Dean Burn will also be cycling into The Peak on Sunday 6 July 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 for a show called The Marathon Storytelling Cycling Challenge.
For details visit: booksonabike.com
Mugdock Country Park
There’ll be more two-wheeled fun from Friday 4 until Sunday 6 July when The Spokesperson from theatre company Visible Fictions comes to Mugdock Country Park. Audiences will share in this heart-warming tale from the seats of bikes as they follow the adventures of two friends whose cycling tour takes an unexpected turn. Follow the cast around the park in this fun, free to attend show with performances taking place morning, lunchtime and early evening. The show is for a family audience of eight years and older.
Shows begin daily at 12.30pm and 6pm, beginning at the main car park next to the visitor centre. Bikes and helmets are provided.
For booking information visit: http://visiblefictions.co.uk/productions/the-spokesmen/
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 Stirling 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.”
To find out more details about what’s happening in Stirling and throughout Scotland visit: www.glasgow2014.com/culture
Notes to Editors:
- 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.
- 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 http://www.glasgow2014.com/games/our-sponsors.
- 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.
- 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. www.glasgow2014.com/culture
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