Media Release: Renfrewshire hosts Commonwealth Games cultural celebrations

Renfrewshire hosts Commonwealth Games cultural celebrations

Storytelling in an ice cream van

High octane contemporary circus

Cutting edge visual arts

A NEW contemporary circus company and a customised ice cream van are heading to Renfrewshire 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.

Paisley Abbey

Adding to the excitement of the Queen’s Baton Relay coming to the region on Thursday 17 July, Paisley Abbey 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 6.30pm.

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Houston Square, Johnstone; County Square, Paisley

A new family musical interactive show from Grinagog Theatre performed in a customised ice cream van also joins the celebrations in on Thursday 17 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 the performances, at Houston Square, Johnstone at 10.30am and County Square, Paisley at 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

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Paisley Musuem

Paisley Museum will show the exhibition Information from Friday 11 July to Sunday 5 October as part of the most ambitious programme of visual art ever held in Scotland, GENERATION.

In 1989 a significant event occurred at Paisley Museum. A group of 17 emerging artists from The Glasgow School of Art staged an exhibition called Information. The majority of these artists were to become key practitioners of their art and several were to win or be short-listed for the Turner prize. They included Dave Allen, Claire Barclay, Martin Boyce, Roddy Buchanan, Nathan Coley, Jackie Donachie, Douglas Gordon, Michael McDonough, Craig Richardson, Ross Sinclair and Karen Vaughan.

The original Information exhibition will be remembered and documented this year for GENERATION.

In the spirit of the original Information exhibition, current Glasgow School of Art MLitt students have been invited to respond to the theme of Information within the particular context of Paisley Museum

GENERATION, which celebrates 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland, features work by 100 artists in over 60 venues and all exhibitions are free to attend.

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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 Renfrewshire 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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