Join us for a packed Culture 2014 music programme. Celebrate the best of music from Scotland and the Commonwealth, encompassing classical, traditional, folk, contemporary, indie, and fusion.
Bridgeton based label Chemikal Underground curates The East End Social, a series of music events taking place in the East End of Glasgow. Events include an afternoon of cool reggae sounds in Alexandra Park in partnership with Mungo's HiFi, and a traditional afternoon tea dance at the world-famous Glasgow Barrowlands.
Music and literature lovers alike will enjoy 'Anamchara – Songs of Friendship' from Scottish Opera, hosted by the Theatre Royal in Glasgow in July. With a libretto by award-winning writer Alexander McCall Smith, this new family opera is based on themes of friendship and the ties that bind people together, whatever their age and wherever they make their home. This production is a truly Commonwealth cultural experience – the culmination of a two year collaboration by Scottish Opera with artists from Canada, Botswana, South Africa, New Zealand and India.
New Music Biennial 2014 sees the creation of 20 new pieces of music inspired by international collaborations and ideas. Each work will have a premiere in locations across the length and breadth of the UK and will then be performed over two days in Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall during Festival 2014. A truly diverse range of music styles and performances, New Music Biennial offers a rich experience for audiences – a chance to experience music presented in new ways.
Boomerang from Glasgow-based Active Events, will celebrate the Indigenous Commonwealth through a unique collaboration of Gaelic, Aboriginal and Mâori traditions in language, song, music and dance. Performances will be presented in New Zealand and Australia as well as at the Heb Celt Festival of the Isle of Lewis before culminating in a performance as part of Festival 2014.
Rounding off Culture 2014 is an ambitious project by artist, composer & performer Hanna Tuulikki. Air falbh leis na h-eòin (Away with the Birds) is a site-specific project on the Isle of Canna, exploring how Gaelic song mimics the sounds of birds.