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  • 25 November 2015

    Glasgow International launches Kickstarter campaign to fund a versatile social club for the next Festival

    Today, Glasgow International launches their campaign to raise £25,000 to create a brand new project for the next festival.  This additional project will be an essential and versatile project room for the next Glasgow International Festival (8 – 25 April 2016), funded through Kickstarter, the online fundraising platform for creative projects. This social space will be designed by leading Glasgow based designers and will be a venue for new performances, events and screenings, as well as a forum for talks and discussions. The space will be a home to the Glasgow International education programme and provide a place for visitors, artists and curators to socialise, and discuss what they have seen each day of the festival. The funds raised by the Kickstarter campaign will be essential to the creation of this social space and its public programme.

     Our space will be created by Scottish-Italian designer Gabriella Marcella, and furniture designer Damian Kruse, reflecting the aims of the festival to collaborate with artists and arts organisations, commission new and ambitious work, and contribute to an essential and critical contemporary art discussion. The space will also represent a central point for visitors to GI 2016 and will house information on the Festival and a diverse schedule of artist talks, performances, workshops, lectures, live music, film screenings and parties. The confirmed line up of events includes:

     Diverse and intimate talks by some of the leading international and British artists in the Director's Programme, including Alexandra Bircken, Sheila Hicks, Lawrence Lek, Aaron Angell, Helen Johnson, Tamara Henderson and Claire Barclay, in conversation with a variety of curators, academics and fellow artists.

     The unique event Mega Hammer, which will brings together a mobile group of performers with shared sensibilities, including Turner Prize nominated artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Jedrzej Cichosz, Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich.

    A talk and workshop by the group of socially-engaged artists, 'Open Jar Collective', based on their project for Glasgow International 2016, Soil City: A Land Rights Research Lab.

     Music performances by a variety of Glasgow-based musicians and artists, including presentations by JD Twitch (Optimo) on his latest compilation about overlooked post-punk 7-inch records, artist-band Fallopé and the Tubes, and a live performance organised by Alexander Storey Gordon to accompany his Don Levy exhibition.

     The full programme is still to be confirmed and further details will be announced in the coming weeks. For those unable to attend the Festival next year, Glasgow International hopes to post recordings and images of the events on their website to make some of this content available to all.

     For all the pledges received, Glasgow International is offering a range of rewards as ‘thank-yous’ for supporting the Festival. These include unique t-shirts and bags designed by Gabriella Marcella, limited edition photographs by artist Tessa Lynch, risograph workshops with Gabriella Marcella, limited edition prints by Glasgow-based artist Michael Fullerton, and a unique work by Turner Prize-nominated artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd amongst others. For full information on the Glasgow International Social Club, the Kickstarter campaign, the rewards and how to get involved, please visit the Kickstarter website here.

    Category: International Events

  • 19 November 2015

    TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships website launched

    BADMINTONscotland and its key partners today took a major step towards the 2017 TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships with the launch of the official tournament website.

     The Badminton World Championships will be returning to Glasgow from 21-27 August 2017 and will be staged at the Emirates Arena, the Commonwealth Games badminton venue which is this week also hosting the Scottish Open Grand Prix.

     Many of the world’s best players will converge on the Emirates this week but the tournament also offers the opportunity for badminton fans attending the Grand Prix to learn more about the World Championships and how to keep in touch with ticketing and tournament information in the countdown to the big event.

     The website will give details about the Championships and its history, dating back to the first Worlds in 1977, information about the city of Glasgow and information about the event partners.

     It will also have a page where fans can register their details to be kept up to date with important information and priority access to tickets.

     At the same time the World Championships Twitter feed and Facebook page will go live to let fans interact through social media channels.

     Scotland have enjoyed plenty of major success in recent years with Imogen Bankier winning a silver medal with England’s Chris Adcock at the 2011 World Championships at Wembley and a bronze medal with Robert Blair at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the Emirates Arena. Kirsty Gilmour scooped a silver medal at Glasgow 2014 and will doubtless lead the Scotland challenge in 2017.

     Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland, said: “We have a great track record for major events and this week’s Scottish Open provides the ideal opportunity to engage with our fans and learn from them what they are expecting when the World Championships return to the city.

     “We have just 21 months to prepare and we aim to make the 2017 event just as successful as our 1997 and 2007 world events. In fact, we will be going all out to make it even better for the fans who will be coming to Glasgow from home and abroad.”

     Councillor Archie Graham, the Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Glasgow is one of the world’s leading sports cities and we have a recently delivered some outstanding sporting events. Following the best ever Commonwealth Games, Davis Cup ties and the hugely successful World Gymnastics Championships, we’re more than up for the challenge of delivering on both this week’s Scottish Open and the Badminton World Championships in 2017.”

     Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “The new TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships website will provide an invaluable tool for fans and we are delighted to support its development. Thousands of spectators are expected to travel to the Emirates during the championships, the pinnacle of competitive badminton outside of the Olympics, and the new website will not only help them plan their journey, but to also make the most of their time in Scotland.”Tickets are still available for this week’s Scottish Open Grand Prix. You can buy them on the door at the Emirates Arena or go to for more details. Don’t forget, by attending the Grand Prix you will get the chance to learn more about the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships.

    Category: International Events

  • 19 November 2015

    Iconic raincoat gets ready to rain supreme in 2016 as VisitScotland launches Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

    It is an invention which has been at the heart of tourism in Scotland for decades, keeping visitors dry through many a “Scottish summer.”

    And today, VisitScotland paid homage to the iconic Mackintosh coat (invented by Scottish chemist, Charles Macintosh in 1823) while launching the events, activities and inspiration that will make up the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.

    From festivals of light, to festivals of architecture, luminous origami birds to Harris Tweed celebrations, digital gaming to Renaissance fashion, a stunning variety of events will take place the length and breadth of the country during 2016.  Highlights include:

    Clo Mor Festival of Harris Tweed (Outer Hebrides)

    In Vogue – a fashion show of the centuries (Stirling Castle)

    Luminous Birds – art installations encouraging communities to celebrate their surroundings (Aberdeen, Dumfries & Galloway, Glasgow)

    Craft Scotland – Meet Your Maker (Scotland-wide)

    Edinburgh International Science Festival – including a Tiny Home Trail (Edinburgh)

    World Canals Public Programme (Highlands)

    Building Blocks at Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow)

    SPECTRA – Festival of Light (Aberdeen)

    Keyframes – involving the RSNO (Edinburgh)

    Ignite – celebration of creativity in our City of Design (Dundee)

     The programme of 28 events announced today with a funding value of £265,350 join the Festival of Architecture in an exciting line up that will shine a spotlight on some of Scotland’s greatest assets, icons and hidden gems throughout the year.  

     Running throughout 2016, with over 400 events and exhibitions taking place throughout the length and breadth of Scotland, the Festival of Architecture is coordinated by The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).   Announced in July, the Festival will receive £300,000 from the Scottish Government and £100,000 from VisitScotland.

     Leading public arts organisation NVA will mark the official launch of the Festival of Architecture in March 2016 by inviting audiences to experience Scotland’s greatest modernist building, St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, with a night-time public art event exactly 50 years since the iconic building was first opened.

     The event, which has secured £85,000 from VisitScotland and £50,000 from the Scottish Government will be a key highlight of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design celebrations. It will give audiences a unique opportunity to discover one of Europe’s most important buildings ahead of its reclamation as an international platform for arts and heritage set to open in 2018. 

     In addition to the funded events programme announced today, there will also be a wide range of partnership events celebrating the three themes including Architecture and Design Scotland’s ‘Say Hello to Architecture’ programme, Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, and Doors Open Day

     VisitScotland is also putting innovation at the heart of its wider activity for 2016. In June, young creatives in Scotland were invited to design the official logo used to promote the year across domestic and international marketing campaigns.  The organisation is also working with Interface to challenge teams from Higher and Further Education to create an innovative digital resource that will be at the heart of Scotland’s marketing during 2016.

     Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

     “The exciting programme for the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design announced today will showcase Scotland’s greatest contemporary assets, innovative icons and hidden architectural gems, inspiring visitors and people from all over Scotland to get involved.

     “From Styling the Nation through to the Festival of Architecture, these events - which take place in every corner of this country - will demonstrate our track record of excellence in innovation and design.”

     Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland said:

     “With this new themed year we have the opportunity to put Scotland on the map in a new and exciting way, catching the attention of visitors old and new, positioning Scotland as a mix of traditional and cutting-edge at the same time.

     “Scotland is a nation of pioneers, home to ground-breaking scientists, philosophers, engineers and architects for hundreds of years.  From the Forth Rail Bridge to Dolly the Sheep, the telephone to the television, Charles Rennie Mackintosh to Andy Scott, and Harris Tweed to the iconic Mackintosh raincoat, Scotland’s innovative past, present and future continue to inspire and influence audiences across the globe, shaping the modern world we live in today.

     “The events planned for the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 diverse, interesting and inspiring and we look forward to what we hope will be a ground-breaking year for tourism.”

     Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design will begin on 1 January 2016.  For more information, visit

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    Category: Innovation, Architecture and Design News