Scot­land’s city of art & cul­ture

DRIFT Travel magazine - - Inside This Issue - BY: LYNNE MAC­DON­ALD

Glas­gow’s in­dus­trial her­itage may have earned it a rough and rugged im­age. How­ever, closer ac­quain­tance re­veals a vi­brant city burst­ing with cul­ture and hospi­tal­ity. Re­cently named a UNESCO City of Mu­sic, Glas­gow of­fers an as­sort­ment of at­trac­tions. With a va­ri­ety of fes­ti­vals spread across the year, tourists will en­joy top-qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment no mat­ter when they visit.

With 130 mu­sic events each week, on av­er­age, Glas­gow has been de­scribed by Time Magazine as 'Europe's se­cret cap­i­tal of mu­sic'. Whether you would pre­fer to at­tend a clas­si­cal recital in the plush sur­round­ings of the Royal Con­cert Hall or catch an un­signed band at King Tut’s Wah­wah Hut, Glas­gow has it cov­ered. Along­side per­ma­nent venues, such as Bar­row­lands, The Arches and O2 Academy, Glas­gow of­fers a range of fes­ti­vals through­out the year. In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned acts min­gle with emerg­ing tal­ent at Celtic Con­nec­tions and the Glas­gow In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val. For that tra­di­tional Scot­tish sound, Pip­ing Live cel­e­brates the bag­pipe in all its forms and cul­mi­nates with the World Pipe Band Cham­pi­onships, which brings to­gether over 8,000 pipers at Glas­gow Green ev­ery Au­gust.

Glas­gow has a di­verse and ac­ces­si­ble the­atri­cal tra­di­tion. You can en­joy a lav­ish tour­ing show at the King’s or, if you are pushed for time, grab a Play, a Pie and a Pint at Oran Mor. The Ci­ti­zens, the Tron and the Tramway of­fer in­no­va­tive pro­grams of con­tem­po­rary work and new twists on the clas­sics. Glas­gow is also the home of Scot­tish Opera and Scot­tish Bal­let, who per­form reg­u­larly at the Theatre Royal.

There is al­ways some­thing to smile about at The Stand Com­edy

Club as it is open seven nights a week host­ing a range of comic tal­ent from es­tab­lished acts to ab­so­lute new­com­ers. Their weekly open mic night of­fers a show­case for be­gin­ners, with some of the acts ap­pear­ing for their very first out­ing. The com­edy quo­tient peaks in the spring with the Glas­gow In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val. Over the last nine years, this has grown to more than 400 com­edy shows at over 50 venues through­out the city.

Kelv­in­grove Art Gallery and Mu­seum is the largest civic mu­seum and art gallery in the United King­dom. With an au­di­ence-fo­cused, fam­ily-friendly ap­proach, Kelv­in­grove presents its 8,000 di­verse ex­hibits in an en­gag­ing and ac­ces­si­ble man­ner. De­signed by Charles Ren­nie Mack­in­tosh and op­er­at­ing as school up to 1979, Scot­land Street School con­tains in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays and class­room set­tings al­low­ing you a glimpse of ed­u­ca­tion from the Vic­to­rian era to the re­cent past. The River­side Mu­seum, due to open June 2011, cel­e­brates trans­port and travel whilst the Peo­ple’s Palace gives a fla­vor of Glas­gow Life over the years. All of Glas­gow’s pub­liclyowned mu­se­ums of­fer free en­try.

Whether you are vis­it­ing Glas­gow for a short-break or a fort­night’s hol­i­day, you will have no dif­fi­culty find­ing cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties of in­ter­est to ev­ery­one.

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