Festival 2018 to showcase Scottish culture

A festival being staged around the Glasgow 2018 European Championships will have "something for everyone" with Scottish music, dance, art and food on offer.

The inaugural championships bring together athletics, cycling, diving, gymnastics, rowing, swimming and triathlon with a new golf event to elevate the status of the previous individual European Championships in each sport.

While the sport is being staged jointly with Berlin, Festival 2018 will see a host of free events in Glasgow including a carnival procession, concerts and a 'Civic Canteen' promoting Scottish food.

Students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Universitat der Kunste in Berlin performed in George Square on Wednesday as further programme details were revealed.

A 'Glasgow Meets Berlin' gala involving both institutions will be staged in Glasgow as part of the festival and live-linked to Berlin.

Other performers in George Square between August 1 and 12 include the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orbital, Mogwai's Barry Burns and a closing Celtic Connections concert.

Glasgow City Council deputy leader David McDonald said: "There's going to be amazing live music, fantastic art performances, immersive experiences and in George Square there will also be fantastic Scottish food, so there really is something for everyone this summer in Glasgow.

"Glasgow is recognised globally through the sports business industry as being the fifth most important sporting city in the world and the number one city for our size because we do these events so well.

"We've learned a lot of lessons from the Commonwealth Games and this is a great opportunity not only for us to promote the city but to promote all the great things that happen in Glasgow and we hope people across Europe will visit us this summer."

All sports with the exception of athletics are being staged in or around Glasgow during the Championships.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "Through this inclusive and innovative programme, Festival 2018 is an excellent platform to showcase Scotland's talent and strengthen connections - both at home and internationally.

"There will be something for everyone and people can have a great day or evening out during the Championships.

"The Festival 2018 carnival procession that is taking place on the first Saturday will be a very special moment when community groups from across Scotland come together to weave through the streets of Glasgow, rubbing shoulders with home-grown and international performers.

"Millions of people will be able to watch the European Championships with all eyes on Glasgow for this first-ever event that will showcase Glasgow and our rich cultural life at its best."