Media Release: Inverclyde hosts Commonwealth Games cultural celebrations

Inverclyde hosts Commonwealth Games cultural celebrations

Storytelling on two wheels and in an ice cream van

High octane contemporary circus

A BICYCLE with saddle bags packed with books by the author of The Gruffalo, a new contemporary circus company, and a customised ice cream van are heading to Inverclyde this summer as more events are about to take place for 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.

Beacon Arts Centre

Award-winning comediennes Janey Godley and Ashley Storrie will be coming to the Beacon Arts Centre on Saturday 12 July 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.

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Battery Park

Adding to the excitement of the Queen’s Baton Relay coming to the region on Monday 14 July, Battery Park 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 5pm.

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Battery Park

A new family musical interactive show from Grinagog Theatre performed in a customised ice cream van also joins the celebrations in Battery Park on Monday 14 July. Based on stories and research provided by the local community in the East End of Glasgow, The Pokey Hat will take an entertaining look at the way we used to live; the Italian community in Scotland and café culture; childhood songs, games and sweets. Crolla dairy ice cream from Glasgow will be handed out at performances.

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Coronation Park; Battery Park

On Tuesday 15 July, actor Tam Dean Burn will be cycling into Coronation Park and Battery Park 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 with a show called The Marathon Storytelling Cycling Challenge.

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Beacon Arts Centre

Dance-along to classic movie Dirty Dancing at an outdoor screening at 8.30pm on Thursday 24 July, at Beacon Arts Centre. The fun starts with the audience learning moves from key moments in the film. Then the film begins and everyone joins in the dancing during the key unforgettable scenes we know and love, breaking into a huge shake down for the finale. To add to the party atmosphere, audiences are encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters from the movie, and make the day complete by bringing a picnic.  No booking required, just come along on the day. Everyone is welcome.

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Gourock Outdoor Swimming Pool

Atelier EB and Marc Camille Chaimowicz invite you to join a unique evening swim in homage to their series of Scotland Can Make It! travel blankets. The swim, at Scotland’s premier open-air, heated, saltwater lido begins at 7pm and will be accompanied by a musical playlist devised especially for the event by Beca Lipscombe and Lucy McKenzie. Scotland Can Make It! is a project by Glasgow-based independent curators Panel in which six unique souvenirs responding to Scotland’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 have been created.

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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 Inverclyde 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 4500 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. GENERATION is being delivered through a partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland and Glasgow Life, and is supported by Creative Scotland.

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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