Merchant City Festival 2015

One of the most unique corners of Glasgow has to be the Merchant City, so it’s no wonder that it has its very own festival.

Growing year on year, the Merchant City Festival is a celebration of all that is eclectic, vibrant and exciting about Glasgow.

The festival sees nine days filled with free events at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter including street arts, dance, live music, markets, fashion and design, comedy, family events, tours, heritage walks, talks, food and drink … edible architecture as well!

Luckily St Enoch Subway station is just a short walking distance from MCF so why not take advantage of the best fares available by using a all day ticket (just £2.70 for Smartcard holders). Apply for your free Smartcard here.

Here are some highlights from this year’s programme (start crossing your fingers for good weather!) ​

Fragile (World Premiere)

A new work by Motionhouse, Conflux, Merchant City Festival and Gulbenkian and the University of Kent which will involve performers interacting with three JCBs. Fragile is a brand new, large-scale street performance​ involving world-class performers from Motionhouse, one of the UK’s foremost dance theatre companies, as well as up to 25 local emerging performers, and will be directed by Kevin Finnan MBE, who was Choreographer and Movement Director for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Family zone

The popular Family Zone will run from Monday 27 – Friday 31 July in Merchant Square and will feature lots of free events for children.


The favourite Blackfriars Stage will be back featuring a line up of fantastic bands. Brunswick Street Live will incorporate a screen and licenced area in a large marquee. The Merchant Square Emerging ​Talent Stage will also present an exciting line up of new bands.

Street arts

The 6th SURGE festival which is incorporated into the Merchant City Festival programme will feature an array of street theatre throughout the nine days.

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