George Square transformed for Glasgow 2018

The Beats Per Minute art installation in George Square.
The Beats Per Minute art installation in George Square.

Whether it’s the chance to view a 14 metre wide handshake between giant friends, or to experience the thrill of an athlete’s race to glory, Glasgow’s George Square has been transformed into a playground as the beating heart of the European Championships.

A striking landmark installation by contemporary artists Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan has been unveiled in George Square, providing an entrance to a space packed with a host of free activities for all the family to enjoy.

Also revealed is the cutting edge technology used in the immersive Beats Per Minute experience which will transport audiences entering the geodesic dome in the Square into the world experienced by the athletes as they undertake their incredible feats of endurance.

Along with a whole host of acts due to entertain the crowds from the large stage, these amazing attractions are at the centre of the Festival 2018 activity in the Square.

Festival 2018 will see hundreds of events with the very best in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, food and much more taking place across Glasgow and Scotland with internationally acclaimed and emerging artists along with young people from throughout the city and beyond starring.

With many of the events free to attend, there will be something for the whole family to enjoy at Festival 2018.

Daily programmes at George Square and Glasgow Green at GO LIVE! At the Green will be joined by shows at venues big and small, familiar and surprising, throughout Glasgow and across Scotland.

Work has been inspired by the people, places, history and ambitions of Glasgow and Scotland, and international collaborations between Glasgow and Berlin – the co-host for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

Highlights include Citizens of Everywhere! from Douglas Gordon, Jackie Kay, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; the Civic Canteen tent; a unique circus experience when Extraordinary Bodies present What Am I Worth?; New Order & Other Spaces, which explores the gymnastic body across photography, moving image and installation; a very special concert from Celtic Connections; the Kitchen Garden Food Village on Glasgow Green bringing the best of Scottish food to festival audiences; and one of the city’s most popular annual events, The Merchant City Festival, presenting a special Festival 2018 programme.

Full programme details are here.



Glasgow 2018 Cultural Producer Katie Nicoll at the Beats Per Minute art installation in George Square.

Glasgow 2018 Cultural Producer Katie Nicoll at the Beats Per Minute art installation in George Square.