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Entertain the Athletes at the Games

Commonwealth Games Village Zones
Think you’ve got what it takes to entertain the world’s best athletes? Well, the Glasgow 2014 organising committee wants to hear from you!

Over the 11 days of the Games, they are looking to showcase the best of Scottish talent and to embrace the culture and traditions of the Commonwealth Countries at the Commonwealth Games Village. The Village will include a fun packed, energetic and exciting programme of events and performances to entertain our athletes and team officials during their stay. They welcome interest from variety of performers as they seek to make this opportunity as diverse as possible, creating a unique and memorable experience for our visiting Athletes. Whilst music and dance are likely to feature, they’re open to your creative entertainment suggestions. Interested? Well here’s the important information you need to know…

Dates: 23rd July – 3rd August 2014
Timex: 12.00pm – 23.00pm (depending on type of performance)
Length of performance: Vary depending on entertainment, no longer than 2 hours
Location: International Zone, recreational centres, village green – based at the Commonwealth Village
Open to: Performers aged 16+ (with chaperones where required)

Limitations: Due to the operational security requirements for the Games, access to the Village for performances will be subject to security procedures, including a system of accreditation developed by Glasgow 2014. Groups should also be prepared to organise and fund their own travel to Glasgow during the Games.

Timeline: Expressions of interest using this form should be returned to laura.bryan@glasgow2014.com by 30th April.

Culture 2014: Join the party!

Culture 2014 and Festival 2014The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games features 17 sport across 11 days of competition, but it’s a whole lot more than that: it’ll also coincide with one of the largest cultural programmes ever seen in Scotland.

Game On Scotland already features some of the largest projects, such as Big Big Sing and Get Scotland Dancing, but today a further 42 projects were announced as part of the programme and there’s a great mix of activity which will appeal to all ages. The new announcements include more than 800 children from across Scotland taking part in two family classical music concerts, films inspired by true stories of journeys of Shetlanders on ships made on the Clyde, and new light being shed on some of Glasgow’s forgotten architectural gems.

The newly announced projects join an unprecedented nationwide programme of activity featuring new work created by world-leading and emerging Scottish and international artists in response to the country’s hosting of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and our relationship with the Commonwealth.

Aiming to enhance the Games experience for Scotland’s communities, spectators and visitors as well as presenting the best of Scotland’s culture alongside that of the Commonwealth, the Cultural Programme includes almost 200 projects and exhibitions and over 800 events involving thousands of artists, performers and participants, across hundreds of locations and venues the length and breadth of Scotland.

Covering theatre, dance, music, visual arts, comedy and digital media; small scale indoor shows and outdoor spectaculars; work on bicycles and by rivers; in theatres, community centres, botanic gardens, art galleries, cinemas, public spaces and much more, audiences can expect everything from the intimate to the epic, the intense and life-affirming. Stories will be told of individual lives and communities, special places and moments in time.

Some relevant highlights of the programme are noted below, but you can find information on all projects (and search listings where dates are confirmed) at www.glasgow2014.com/culture.

Programme Highlights:

The Spokesman
Performed in parks across Scotland, this outdoor theatre production by Visible Fictions has the cast and audience travelling through the story on bikes.

Blue Block Studio
The Blue Block Studio pop-up space provides creative play for babies under 24 months and their adults, plus a storytelling performance for 2–4 year olds.

Glasgow Girls
Based on a true story, this National Theatre of Scotland production is a lively musical play, following a group of seven teenage girls who unite to campaign for their asylum seeker friend, when she and her family face the threat of deportation.

Scottish Dance Theatre is bringing the city of Dundee to life with projections of giant toddlers, a pop-up park, and other groundbreaking collaborations between internationally renowned artists. Every type of public space will become a playful site of city-wide dance.

Aye Write
The Aye Write! programme comprises a wide range of ticketed author events for adults and children, but also extends to a schools festival, and a variety of free community and family events.